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Ben Houtkooper serves as the Broadcast Operations Manager for the Minnesota National Guard and the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division. In his nearly 20 years in broadcasting he has served as a photographer, editor, engineer, reporter, anchor, and the civilian equivalent of a news director, earning with his team many awards including four regional Board of Governors Emmy awards. He leads and mentors a talented and diverse team of broadcasters in creating video, audio, still photographic, print and graphic products for local, regional and international television, radio and the web. He and his team have deployed worldwide to tell the stories of America’s Servicemembers. He is a 1999 graduate of the Defense Information School’s Combat Correspondent Course and a graduate of the Army’s Primary, Basic, and Senior Leadership Courses. He volunteers for several worthwhile causes, including as Secretary, Marketing Committee Chairperson, and Chapter Trustee for the Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.