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Sgt. Maj. Mark Nelson, right, and his son Pfc. Derek Nelson.

Grand Forks father, son to serve on same National Guard mission in Kosovo


GRAND FORKS, N.D. - When it comes to Guard duty, Sgt. Maj. Mark Nelson has a simple agreement with Pfc. Derek Nelson.

"I'm going to be no harder or no easier to him than I am to any other soldier that I'm in charge of leading," Mark Nelson said.

It's a pledge his son holds him to.

"I do my own thing, and he'll tell me if it's jacked up," Derek Nelson said.

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