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This is my uncle, Command Sgt. Maj. Joel Walsvik (he is also Adam's uncle). I am his namesake (I was named after him and my great-grandmother Anna). He's also with the North Dakota National Guard, and has served several tours of duty in Iraq and one in Kosovo.
Here's an article about some awards he recently bestowed to fellow ND National Guard soldiers.
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(My daughter Elanor is on the left; Kara's daughter Amelia is on the right.) They became fast friends!
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