Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Chad Stockland and Army National Guard Sgt. Dana Stockland, a brother combat medic team, have completed pre-deployment training at North Fort Hood, Killeen, TX, in preparation for deployment to Kuwait or Iraq as a member of the 115th Fires Brigade.
They are the sons of David and Joanne Stockland of Vermillion.
In Kuwait and Iraq, the unit soldiers provide command and control functions, force protection, searches for roadside bombs, and convoy security in and out of Iraq. In 2003, they deployed together to Iraq for 15 months in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. This makes the third time the two South Dakota National Guardsmen have been mobilized and activated together for deployment.
The brothers come from a military family background, their grandfather and uncle served in the Army. Their grandfather was decorated with the Purple Heart Medal during World War II, and their uncle served as an officer.
Chad and Dana's decision to join the Army was not a difficult one, since they came from a military family and had heard military stories during their childhood years. Additionally, the Army educational benefits were lucrative and paved the way for them to pursue their civilian education.
In their civilian occupations, the National Guard combat medics hold similar jobs in the civilian health care industry. Chad is a medical technologist at Immanuel St. Joseph's Hospital in Mankato, MN, and Dana is a cardiac catheterization laboratory technician at the Sanford University of South Dakota Medical Center in Sioux Falls. Chad resides in Minnesota, and Dana in South Dakota.
The brothers are regularly assigned as members of Headquarters Battalion, 1st Battalion, 147th Field Artillery Regiment based in Watertown. Chad has served in the military for 17 years, Dana for 12 years. The brothers are proud to serve and wear the Army uniform and wish to continue in carrying on the family tradition of serving in the military.