Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
HONORING SERGEANT KORT M. PLANTENBERG, CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER 2 JAMES A. ROGERS, JR., AND CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER 2 CHARLES P. NORD; Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 204
(Senate - December 17, 2019)
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[Page S7107] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] HONORING SERGEANT KORT M. PLANTENBERG, CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER 2 JAMES A. ROGERS, JR., AND CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER 2 CHARLES P. NORD Ms. SMITH. Madam President, today I wish to recognize and celebrate the lives of James Rogers, Charles Nord, and Kort Plantenberg, all members of the Minnesota National Guard, who tragically lost their lives in a helicopter accident on Thursday, December 5. After returning home safely from deployment to the Middle East in May, this loss is especially heart wrenching. These men conducted medical evacuations in the Middle East, and their service to our troops and allies will not be forgotten. I am grateful for their service and sacrifice for Minnesota and our country. CW2 James Rogers, often remembered for his curious nature, served 10 years in the Minnesota National Guard, having enlisted before his high school graduation. CW2 Charles Nord enlisted in 2007, and he leaves behind his wife, young daughter, and a child on the way. SGT James Plantenberg enlisted in 2016, was a member of the Guard's biathlon team, and was preparing to start flight school. We are all indebted to these men for their service, and I wish their families peace during this time of tragic loss. ____________________