Nebraska’s Citizen Soldiers

Nebraskans have a long history of serving their country and their fellow citizens. In 2007-2008 the Nebraska State Historical Society and the Nebraska National Guard teamed up to showcase some of this history through an exhibit entitled, The Nebraska National Guard: Nebraska’s Citizen Soldiers in the Twenty-First Century. The exhibit closed in September of 2008, but it is now available as a virtual exhibit through our website.

These battle dress uniforms were worn by Army and National Guard soldiers in training, in the field, and in combat. (Source: All objects were loaned by the Nebraska National Guard)

These battle dress uniforms were worn by Army and National Guard soldiers in training, in the field, and in combat. (Source: All objects were loaned by the Nebraska National Guard)

The online exhibit includes an oral interview with Major General Roger Lempke as well as the stories of individual service men and women. The Nebraska Air National Guard delivered 65,000 Meals Ready to Eat (MREs) and 8,000 gallons of fuel for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. The exhibit describes our citizen soldiers’ combat service overseas as well as their relief efforts following natural disasters at home, including the Hallam, Nebraska tornado and the devastation of Hurricane Katrina along the Gulf Coast.

The Nebraska Air National Guard delivered 65,000 Meals Ready to Eat (MREs) and 8,000 gallons of fuel for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.

Check out the exhibit to learn more about our “citizen soldiers.”

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