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San Clemente High School graduate and U.S. Army Specialist Brian Kordenbrock is a reserve soldier in the Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne), serving in the 416th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne) out of San Diego.

Kordenbrock deployed on a mission to the Philippines last year.

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A select few paratroopers among all airborne units throughout the military were selected to participate in in the 73rd anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France from May 30 to June 8. Kordenbrock participated in numerous ceremonies such as a reenactment of an airborne jump at the Iron Mike Memorial Drop Zone near Sainte-Mère-Église, France.

Coincidentally, he actually made the jump on his 24th birthday on June 4. Brian earned his French Paratrooper Wings as he jumped from a French aircraft with a French Jumpmaster.

Kordenbrock was also selected for the highly competitive Defense Language Institution and will be attending a 16-month program to learn Mandarin Chinese beginning in August. Some of Kordenbrock’s achievements include completing the Basic Combat Training Course as a Soldier Leader, Advanced Individual Training: Iron Soldier, Non-Commissioned Officers Academy: Commandants List and Iron Soldier and he has also earned the Army Achievement Medal (2nd Oak Leaf Cluster), Civil Action Medal, National Defense Ribbon, Overseas Training Ribbon, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon and the French Parachutist Badge.

For his Philippine deployment, Kordenbrock was involved in a civic action and infrastructure development mission in a rural/dangerous part of the Philippines.

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