Retired Guard officer from Burnsville still going to bat for soldiers, families

Geraldine Longfellow was inducted Oct. 4 into the Minnesota National Guard Court of Honor. She was accompanied by her father, Anton J. Johnson, a retired Army Reserve colonel, and her nephew, also Anton J. Johnson, a National Guard sergeant who served in Afghanistan. (Submitted photo)

Geraldine Longfellow was inducted Oct. 4 into the Minnesota National Guard Court of Honor. She was accompanied by her father, Anton J. Johnson, a retired Army Reserve colonel, and her nephew, also Anton J. Johnson, a National Guard sergeant who served in Afghanistan. (Submitted photo)

Geraldine “Jeri” Longfellow has a heart for helping military personnel and a head for getting it done.

Seven years after finishing an upwardly mobile career with the Minnesota Army National Guard, the retired colonel is still looking after soldiers and their families.

For example, as a member of the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon steering committee in Burnsville, Longfellow is using her organizational chops to brainstorm ways to improve the support network for service members and their families.

“I’d like to see the faith-based groups working with the service-support organizations working with the youth and education subcommittees,” the Burnsville resident said. “There’s ways we can build a little synergy here.”

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