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Crow Wing County Commissioner Phil Trusty expected to be far from central Minnesota this summer and communicating with the board via the Internet. 

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No longer. 

Trusty said Tuesday his orders for deployment to the Mideast were canceled because of a promotion. 

Trusty, Fort Ripley, was set to be deployed with the 133rd Airlift Wing out of the Twin Cities. Trusty, a senior master sergeant with the Minnesota Air National Guard, was promoted to chief master sergeant. He will be in charge of a handful of staff still here and act in support of those deployed and their families here at home. 

Trusty will spend time in the Twin Cities for those duties, but said he will be able to continue with his commissioner duties. And the communication won’t be nearly as challenging as those that were being investigated to keep him in touch from across the globe. 

The father of two joined the Army National Guard 25 years ago and later went to the Air National Guard. Trusty said when he joined, he knew sooner or later he’d be deployed. Trusty, a heavy equipment operator, is part of a civil engineer squadron.

Not going with his unit is bittersweet, Trusty said. He noted his family, his wife and two daughters, was glad he wasn’t leaving. But he said it was tough to be put in a leadership position and not deploy overseas with the men and women he has grown with during his military career. 

“It made my wife and kids very happy that I would not be going, but I got a lot done on my honey-do list while getting ready to go and my wife is probably a little disappointed I did not get more done on the list,” Trusty said. 

The six-month deployment, in support of Operation New Dawn, which is the 2010 name for the war in Iraq, begins in July. Trusty said the people in his unit are top-notch personnel. 

“I am proud to be part of this organization and very confident that they will accomplish their mission and in doing so will represent the 133rd and Minnesota in a professional manner. 

“I would like to thank those that kept me in their thoughts and prayers and ask them to keep in mind those in all services that are separated from family and friends serving our freedoms.”

RENEE RICHARDSON may be reached at renee.richardson@brainerddispatch.com or 855-5852.

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Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson joined the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2010 and works as a online reporter, content editor and staff writer. She is a world traveler, accused idealist and California native now braving the winters of Central Minnesota. She believes in the power of human resolve and hopes to be part of something that makes history by bringing an end to injustice in the world. Sarah has worked as a criminal background researcher, high school civics teacher, grant writer, and contributing writer with Causecast.org — tackling every issue from global poverty to bio-degradable bicycles. Her favorite thing about living in Minnesota is July. Sarah left the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2014.
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