First Sergeant Dean W. Markuson

Title: Founder, Chief Executive Officer
Company: Foss and Swanson Veterans
Gathering Space
Location:  Hastings, Minnesota
United States


  • American Legion
  • American Veterans
  • Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Community, Joining Community Forces educating Minnesota Statewide
  • Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
  • Friends of Education, Educating Minnesota/Hastings (2011)
  • Hastings Chamber of Commerce and Tourism and United Way of Hastings, Spirit of Hastings, Hastings, MN(2013)
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) (All American District Commander) (50 years of continuous membership)
  • Vietnam Veterans of America


  • Honoree, Distinguished Worldwide Humanitarian Award (2021)
  • Featured Member, Marquis Millennium Magazine, Marquis Who’s Who (2021)
  • Recipient, Bernie McCoy, Education Award, Community Education Advisory Board and Middle School (2011)
  • First Sergeant, United States Army (1970-1990)
    • Company C and Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 36th Engineer Battalion, Pacific
    • Command-Vietnam, Vinh Long Airfield, Vinh Long Province Mekong Delta, Vietnam.
    • United States Armed Forces Entrance and Examination Station, Omaha, Nebraska
    • United State Army Recruiting Command, Fort Sheridan, Illinois.
    • 575th Personnel Service Company, Darmstadt, Hesse, Germany
    • 3rd Support Command, V Corps, Frankfurt, Hesse, Germany
    • Combat Developments – Systems Design, United States Army Administration Center, Fort
    • Benjamin Harrison, Indianapolis, Indiana.
    • Second Medical Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Casey, Dongducheon, Korea
    • 4th Adjutant General Company, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery and United States Army
    • Garrison, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado
    • 177th Personnel Service Company, Ansbach, Bavaria, Germany
    • 1st Personnel Service Company and United Army Garrison, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas
  • Recipient of Numerous Awards, Decorations, Letters of Commendation, Campaign Medals, and Service Ribbons, United States Army

Civilian Education / Military Schools

  • Ellendale, North Dakota, Public School District, Class of 1969
  • University of North Dakota, Ellendale Branch, Class of 1970
  • Basic Training, United States Army, Fort Lewis, Washington
  • Advanced Individual Training, United States Army Institute of Administration, Fort Benjamin, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Non Commissioned Officer Professional System, Basic, Advanced, and Commander/First Sergeant Course
  • Minnesota State College Universities, Inver Hills Community College, Inver Hills, Minnesota, Associate in Business Administration and Business Management

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3 thoughts on “First Sergeant Dean W. Markuson

    1. Christie Lea Thompson, you Are one fine women, of which, many desire, to be like you, but cannot cut the mustard, as you do, everyday, helping and assisting others, sometimes, before your self interests.

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