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

With mental illness, Iraq vet not guilty in crime spree

A Dakota County judge ruled that the Guardsman, who had been denied admission to a VA hospital, was mentally ill.

Updated: July 28, 2012, - 07:29 AM

Turned away at the VA

Blake Uddin takes us through his near-death experience on Highway 52 after he went to the VA hospital seeking help...

Updated: July 27, 2012, - 05:08 PM

Military afffairs beat: Compare, contrast the access to drones

Members of the Illinois National Guard were at Camp Ripley near Little Falls, Minn., last week training with their four Shadow drones. The Shadows, which weigh 380 pounds and have a wingspan of 14 feet, are unarmed and have been used primarily for tracking battlefield movement and for protecting bases in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Updated: July 24, 2012, - 06:47 PM

July 22, 2012: Drone spies in the sky signal new age of surveillance

The use of unmanned aerial drones, whose deadly accuracy helped revolutionize modern warfare high above the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, is now spreading intrigue and worry across the plains of North Dakota.

Updated: July 22, 2012, - 06:26 AM

Otter Tail County wants drone to survey, not to spy

Feds ground balsa wood plane used for checking beaver dams.

Updated: July 21, 2012, - 10:06 PM

Military affairs beat: Minn. a star for efforts in military voting

Minnesota was named one of 15 "All-Star" states on Tuesday for promoting and protecting the voting rights of the state's military service members and their families.

Updated: July 17, 2012, - 06:18 PM

Military affairs beat: Programs help vets find jobs, transport

Several programs are being developed to help veterans find work and get to work.

Updated: July 03, 2012, - 06:26 PM

Obituary: Robert Blevins: 40-plus years of military mastery

As division commander with the Minnesota National Guard in the 1980s, Army Maj. Gen. Robert Blevins was credited with transforming his outfit from a reserve unit operating under Cold War politics to the operational force the Minnesota Guard has become today.

Updated: June 21, 2012, - 09:43 PM

Military affairs beat: VA adds mental health staffers

The Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center has been authorized to hire up to 24 additional staff to beef up its mental health operations, part of a nationwide effort by the VA to address concerns that veterans are not getting the mental health attention they deserve. Nationally the VA is trying to quickly hire 1,600 mental health professionals.

Updated: June 19, 2012, - 06:06 PM

MN defense companies retool

With budget cuts and troop drawdowns, Minnesota's contractors will have to be more nimble to survive.

Updated: June 10, 2012, - 08:01 PM

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