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Carl Thunem (’07) Voted In as Assistant Stevens County Attorney

JANUARY 23, 2012—Carl Thunem (’07) has accepted the position of assistant county attorney for Stevens County, Minn., offered to him by the county Board of Commissioners on Jan. 18. Thunem is a captain with the Minnesota-based Army National Guard Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, deployed to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, and will begin work this spring when he returns to Minnesota. He was working as a judicial clerk in southern Minnesota's Jackson County before his deployment.

"The military experience that he's got is going to add tremendously to this position," Stevens County Attorney Aaron Jordan said in an announcement in the Morris (Minn.) Sun Tribune. "Even at his relatively young age, he's been given some pretty serious duties."

The Army, recognizing the changing needs of its troops, has begun programs that help many citizen soldiers develop personal, professional, leadership, equal opportunity, and mental health skills. As a contracting officer representative with the Brigade Special Troops Battalion, Thunem provides support and training to the soldiers at Camp Arifjan. Some of his activities have included teaching classes on resume writing and developing connections with Minnesota employers to acquaint them with National Guard members and their experiences.

"I think it's very important to do what we can to prepare soldiers for success after this deployment," Thunem said in an interview on the Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System Web site.

When he returns, Thunem plans to work part-time in private practice in addition to serving in his new role. The county seat of Stevens County, located in west central Minnesota, is Morris.