After leaving High School in his Senior year, MSG mark E. Juppe enlisted in the United States Army and became a member of the 82nd Airborne Division on May 16, 1978. He cmpleted the Infantry School at Fort Benning, Georgia and he also completed Advanced Individual Training and the Airborne School. MSG Juppe was then assigned to “A” Company, 1st Battalion (Airborne) 325th Infantry. MSG Mark E. Juppe served seven years in the United States Army and eight years in the United States Army Reserve. After serving five years in the 20th Special Forces Group Headquarters in Birmingham, Alabama, MSG Juppe found the demand to attend drillto be too demanding so he became an idividual Mobilization Augmentee (IMA) to US Special Forces Command at MacDill AFB, Florida. In January 2003, he re-enlisted in the Kentucky Army National Guard. He was mobilized on January 27, 2003 and deployed Afghanistan in March 2003. He performed as the Chief Intelligence Sergeant coordinating intelligence information with unit operations sections. He is extremely proud of his cousin, Captain Nancy Weisenhorn from Gastonia, North Carolina. Captain Weisenhorn, of the North Carolina Air National Guard, serves as a flight nurse on an Air Force MedEvac, and deployed to Kandahar in June 2003. She was present when SGT Jason Sparks, a member from MSG Juppe’s unit, received his Puprle Heart in Kandahar, and was the Med Evac crew that flew SGT Sparks to Germany. Presently, MSG Juppe is assigned as the Chief Intelligence Segeant, 20th Special forces Group (Airborne) of the Kentucky Army National Guard.