Sen. Klobuchar adds Gen. Tim Cossalter to her staff

Posted: May 3, 2011 by The STR in Political NEWS & VEIWS, US Senate
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Minneapolis, MN U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar announced today (Tuesday, May 3) that Brigadier Gen. Tim Cossalter, former commander of the 148th Fighter Wing in Duluth, is joining her Minnesota staff as outreach director for veterans affairs and military issues.

Gen. Cossalter recently retired from the Minnesota National Guard.

“General Cossalter will help me represent and serve our Minnesota veterans, which is one of my top priorities,” said Klobuchar.  “General Cossalter has already had a distinguished career in public service, and I welcome the expertise and experience he will bring to this position.”

Gen. Cossalter is a command pilot who was commissioned in 1971.  Much of his military career has been with the 148th Fighter Wing stationed at the Air National Guard Base in Duluth.

From 1998 to 2004, he served as Commander for the 148th Fighter Wing in Duluth. From 2004 to 2006, he was Commander of the 133rd Airlift Wing in St. Paul.  Most recently, Gen. Cossalter was Assistant Adjutant General for Air with the Minnesota National Guard.

Gen. Cossalter also served two elected terms on the school board of the Esko Independent School District #99 in Carlton County.

Major General Larry Shellito, former Adjunct General of the Minnesota National Guard and now Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs commented on the appointment saying, “I consider it an excellent choice.  General Cossalter is a win-win for the State of Minnesota.  He will bring a wealth of experience to Senator Klobuchar’s office – and will be able to help her on both a statewide and national level.”

Martin Ludden, who has served as Klobuchar’s veterans outreach director since 2007, recently was appointed executive director of the Disabled American Veterans Foundation of Minnesota.  He was a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserves and was deployed in Iraq in 2009-2010 (his second deployment in Iraq).

Earlier this year, Klobuchar was honored with the “Above and Beyond” award by the Minnesota Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) for the support she and her office provided to Ludden while in Iraq by sending him care packages, checking in with his family and ensuring a smooth transition back to the office upon his return.

“Martin Ludden has been an invaluable resource for me and for Minnesota veterans,” said Klobuchar.  “He will serve the disabled veterans community well.”


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