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By Max Erickson
For The Sentinel 

Goldendale vet calls it a career

 


After 41 years of military service Goldendale resident Jan (pronounced Yan) Johansen retired on May 31 from the United States Army National Guard in what Johansen says is a “bittersweet” ending to a long and fulfilling career, leaving the service with the rank of First Sergeant.

Thirty-five of those years were spent with the 234th Army Band allowing Johansen to travel, perform for foreign dignitaries, playing for former president George W. Bush, and forming life-long friendships with his bandmates.

“I really enjoyed the ups and downs of it all,” Johansen said. “What I found great about the experience was being with the same group of people for so many years that we really became...



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