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Rhonda A. Rasgorshek A Veteran's Story


Courtesy Rhonda Rasgorshek

Rasgorshek is sworn into the Air National Guard by Captain Green.

Rhonda A. Rasgorshek was raised in a military home. She was born at Grand Forks AFB, North Dakota, went to school at Edwards AFB in California, and then transferred down to Howard AFB, Panama with her father, James Merryfield. Merryfield was active duty in the United States Air Force.

Rasgorshek moved again, but this time to Kimball, Nebraska, while her dad finished his tour in Panama. Upon his completion, Rasgorshek and her family joined her father in Illinois, where her dad would be stationed at Scott AFB.

This military influence would put a call into her years later. She graduated from high school in Belleville Illinois and headed back to Nebraska to attend college at Chadron. She would also attend classes at WNCC.

Rasgorshek enlisted in the Air National Guard in Cheyenne, Wyoming on June 23, 2010. She would serve her term in active guard.

After her basic training, she headed to Kessler AFB, Biloxi, Mississippi for tech school. Upon completion of her eight month schooling Rasgorshek would return to base in Cheyenne assigned to Cyber Transport.

While in the active guard, Rasgorshek learned how to drive big trucks for transportation of equipment and was thrilled to have earned her CDL license.

"My job was with computers and in the event of war, I would find myself working on security for our country." stated Rasgorshek. She went on to say, "Following in my dad's footsteps by serving in the military was a goal I set at a young age, and I was determined to complete this mission!"

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Airman R. Rasgorshek plays taps during Memorial Day ceremony.

"Being in the Military helped me with many life lessons. How to push you rself, dedication, work ethic and pride." she said.

Upon serving her tour, Rasgorshek settled back into civilian life and is currently employed with Clean Harbors as Regional Container Coordinator. She is a member of Kimball Volunteer Fire Department Auxilliary and is serving her third year as their president.

"My experience in the military continues to serve me, and I would tell anyone considering joining the Military should definitely look into which branch they want to join. Find a job you want to do. They will teach you everything you need to know and more. Never be afraid and be proud to want to serve our country." she smiled and said with pride.

Thank you for serving our country.


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