8:27 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Vicksburg to honor Army Captain Drew Russell as part of Memorial Day observances

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New site in Schoolcraft Township Cemetery will honor fallen veterans, including Russell who was killed in 2011 in Afghanistan
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
VICKSBURG, MI - Vicksburg will remember a favorite son killed in Afghanistan when it stages the community's annual Memorial Day observances Monday, May 27. The Veterans of Foreign Wars Charles Osborn Post 5189 and American Legion Roy Canavan Post 213 are combining efforts for not only the traditional Memorial Day parade and ceremony but also a special dedication at the Schoolcraft Township Cemetery at Vicksburg.
5:57 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Augusta Guard unit home from Afghanistan

US Army patrol in Kunar Province in 2009
Credit David Guttenfelder / AP Photo

A Kalamazoo-area Michigan National Guard unit is returning home after ten months in Afghanistan. More than 90 soldiers in the 1433rd Engineer Company are based in Augusta. They and members of two other units from Iron Mountain and Kingsford were in Afghanistan for what Guard officials call “route clearance missions”.

One of the unit’s soldiers died and four others were injured when a roadside bomb exploded last August.

A welcome home ceremony for the Augusta unit will be held Thursday, March 28th, at 4 p.m. in Western Michigan University’s Read Fieldhouse.

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2:24 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Kalamazoo Guard unit to return from Afghanistan

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The state Department of Military and Veteran's Affairs says more than 700 Michigan National Guard members are currently deployed around the world.
PORTAGE, MI - More than 160 local soldiers will return home on Saturday after a 10-month deployment in Afghanistan. The 507th Engineer Battalion will be greeted with a homecoming event scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at Portage Central High School's gymnasium, 8135 S Westnedge Ave, Portage. The event is open to the public.
7:59 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Plainwell soldier returned home for burial

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Mark Schoonhoven is a Plainwell native who lived in the area until he enlisted six year ago.
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - Silence hung in the air inside the hangar. As the large door crawled open, a rush of cold air entered. Every face turned to the airplane that carried the body of the father, son and fallen soldier. On Wednesday, Staff Sgt. Mark Schoonhoven, who on Jan.
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3:46 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Flags to fly at half-staff for Plainwell soldier

Veterans memorial at the Kalamazoo Air Zoo
Credit WMUK

Flags will be flown at half-staff Thursday in memory of a southwest Michigan soldier who died after being wounded in Afghanistan. Governor Rick Snyder issued the order Monday for Sergeant Mark Schoonhoven of Plainwell. He died in January at an Army hospital in Texas after his unit was attacked by a bomb in the Afghan capital Kabul in last December. He was part of a transportation company based at Fort Carson, Colorado. A funeral service for Schoonhoven will be held Thursday morning in Otsego.

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