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Koussinoc Chapter meets monthly, August through November and March through June, on the second Monday.

Minutemen in the Modern Era

(Presentation by Sgt. George O’Keefe, Jr.)

By Ann P. Thomas, Chapter Regent

Jodi and Sgt. George O'KeefeAt the November 2012 meeting of Koussinoc Chapter NSDAR, our speaker on National Defense was Sgt. George O’Keefe, Jr., Community Liaison NCO Maine Military Community Services.      

Sgt. O’Keefe comes from a family with a long history of service to our country. It didn’t take him long to know that the military was to be his choice of a career. He joined the Maine Army National Guard in December of 2005 and after basic and advanced training, he was prepared for duty as an Intelligence Analyst. He has had one combat tour in Afghanistan and will undoubtedly be deployed again next year. 

He told us of the role of the National Guard and Reserve, they don’t just rebuild roads; they also serve in combat, sometimes with multiple tours.  

His talk compared the current National Guard with the Minutemen and state militia of the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Aroostook War in Maine, the Mexican American War, the Civil War and the Spanish-American War.  During World War I, almost a half million personnel of the American Forces in France were National Guard and thousands were in combat divisions during World War II and the Korean War.  

After his talk, Sgt. O’Keefe opened a question and answer period which was enlightening and interesting. If your chapter needs a dynamitic speaker on National Defense, I cannot recommend Sgt. O’Keefe highly enough.  And to top it off, he is married to Jodi O’Keefe who is a Junior member of Koussinoc as of 6 April 2012. They are the parents of a future S.A.R. and DAR.                                  



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