Mark Brunswick

Reporter | Military Affairs
Phone: 612-673-4434
Mark Brunswick covers military affairs for the Star Tribune. He has had assignments in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia and Kosovo and has focused on domestic issues related to PTSD, returning veterans, military recruitment and the new role of women in the military. Previously, he covered state government and politics from the Star Tribune's state capitol bureau in St. Paul.

Recent content from Mark Brunswick

Military cuts put burden on Guard's citizen soldiers

As the active duty reduces its numbers, the country's reserve force -- including the Minnesota National Guard -- will be asked to do more, and do it with less.

Updated: November 10, 2012, - 06:43 AM

On the military beat: Study seeks out families touched by suicide

Researchers at the University of Kentucky are investigating bereavement issues of families with relatives or other loved ones who've killed themselves related to their military service.

Updated: November 01, 2012, - 03:03 PM

Memories will linger, even as lettering on Fort Snelling headstones fades

Change in federal cemetery policy means lettering on newer gravestones will use different paint.

Updated: October 30, 2012, - 11:12 PM

USS Minnesota will be christened Saturday

The $2 billion nuclear-powered attack submarine is a behemoth with a multitude of tasks.

Updated: October 26, 2012, - 08:02 PM

Military affairs beat: Soldiers help plant seeds of a future

TPT Channel 2 producer Luke Heikkila spent two weeks in Afghanistan with a Minnesota National Guard unit called an Agribusiness Development Team. The result of his experience is "Bridging War & Hope," which looks at how the unit, whose members all have ties to agriculture or agricultural economy in the civilian world, worked with farmers and villagers in a southern Afghanistan province to improve their lives.

Updated: October 16, 2012, - 06:54 PM

Military affairs beat: Army praises Alliant missiles

A missile system developed by Alliant Techsystems in Plymouth has been named one of the Army's greatest inventions of the year. But, in typical Army style, the year is 2011 and the celebration won't be until 2013.

Updated: October 02, 2012, - 08:03 PM

Remains of Mpls. Marine missing 68 years to be buried Thursday

The remains of a Minneapolis Marine who has been missing for 68 years will be buried this week along with six colleagues from a World War II training mission after their bodies were identified from plane wreckage in the South Pacific.

Updated: October 02, 2012, - 07:44 PM

Pentagon budget cuts imperil final honors for state veterans

But starting Monday, the number of military funerals may be cut almost in half in Minnesota and some families hoping for that last recognition for their loved one will be left wanting, the result of a dispute over Pentagon budget cuts to the program that pays for the funerals.

Updated: September 27, 2012, - 06:21 AM

Honor guard cuts stir debate

Minnesota's Military Honor Guard faces cuts leaving some families without the option for a military funeral for their loved ones.

Updated: September 27, 2012, - 06:04 AM

Guard members' heroism honored

Three received the Soldier's Medal for helping rescue Iraqi civilians in a head-on collision.

Updated: September 22, 2012, - 06:51 PM

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