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Hauer retires from Marine Corps

Pictured (left to right) at the retirement ceremony were Gunnery Sgt. Chuck Elliott, Sgt. Major Duane Hauer, Hauer's son Dalton Hauer, Lt. Col. Bill Hagestad and Master Sgt. Bob Pederson. (Submitted photo)

Duane Hauer officially retired from the Marine Corps on July 1, after more than 29 years of service.

A retirement ceremony for Hauer was held July 27 at the American Legion in Somerset.

"It was an honor and a privilege to serve God, Country and Corps for as many years as I did," Hauer said. "I could not have done it without the unwavering support of my family, friends and fellow Marines and sailors. Now it is time to pass the sword to the next generation of leaders. Semper Fidelis."

Hauer began his career in 1984 on active duty in the infantry, as a machine gunner. He served overseas and in the states, including duties as a Marine security guard and section leader. After a successful active duty tour, including overseas deployments and numerous training exercises, he transferred to the Marine Corps Reserve as a corporal.

His career in the Marine Corps Reserve began in 1990 as a tactics instructor in Korea and later as the training NCO for Military Police Company, Twin Cities. As a member of MP Company, then Sergeant Hauer deployed to Desert Storm as a squad leader.

In 2002, in lieu of 911, then Gunnery Sergeant Hauer, was activated as a Force Protection Officer for Headquarters Marine Forces Reserve. The following two years, he deployed to Iraq. He remained a member of MP Company until he was promoted to First Sergeant in 2005.

Upon promotion to First Sergeant, he transferred to Company E, 2nd Battalion, 24th Marines, and assumed the duties as Company First Sergeant of an infantry company in Des Moines, Iowa. In 2007 they were activated for duty in Iraq and returned in 2008.

In 2010 he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant Major and transferred to Marine Wing Support Squadron, Twin Cities, to assume the duties as Squadron Sergeant Major until his retirement in 2013.

Sergeant Major Hauer said he credits his successful career to the love and sacrifices made by his wife, Kathi, and his son, Dalton, as well as the support of his extended family and friends.

Jeff Holmquist
Jeff Holmquist has been managing editor of the New Richmond News since 2004. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and business administration from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He has previously worked as editor in Wadena, Minn.; Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Hutchinson, Minn.; and Bloomington, Minn. He also was previously owner of the Osceola Sun, Stillwater Courier and Scandia Messenger along with his wife. Together they previously founded and published The Old Times newspaper for antiques and collectibles collectors; and Up!, a Christian magazine of hope and encouragement.
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