Look For Diesel Mechanic PVT Gaulke at the Rose Bowl Today

You may not recognise this diesel mechanic and Rose Bowl Parade Queen!

After the Rose Bowl Parade today, Jessica Gaulke will give up her crown as Miss Minnesota Aquatennial and deploy with her National Guard unit to Iraq as a diesel mechanic.

Jessica says she always wanted to be in the army, like her dad! (KARE11)
Video of Jessica Gaulke HERE

After she represents the Minnesota Aquatennial Queen in the Rose Bowl parade, Jessica Gaulke will will be going to Iraq as a diesel generator mechanic with her National Guard unit.
ABC reported:

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – November 16, 2006 – Jessica Gaulke is trading in her sash as a Minnesota beauty queen for Army fatigues – and Iraq.

Gaulke, who was chosen Minneapolis Aquatennial Queen of the Lakes in July, is giving up her title because her National Guard unit has been activated for duty. The 22-year-old Augsburg College sociology student will be going to the Mideast as a diesel generator mechanic.


“It really wasn’t a decision that was mine to be made,” said Gaulke. “My unit’s going. I’ve accepted it. It’s part of the whole scope of why I joined; I’ll be there for all of us over here.”

Gaulke said being Queen of the Lakes, Minnesota’s best-known festival royalty, is “a huge honor,” but she said she is simply honoring the agreement she made when she committed to the Guard before her senior year in high school.

Her last day as queen will be Jan. 2, when she’ll represent the Aquatennial in the Rose Bowl parade. Aquatennial officials will announce the new queen in January. She’ll serve until July and, like Gaulke, will receive a $4,000 college scholarship.


Jessica met her fiance on the ice in Minnesota where they were both playing hockey.

Previously:
Rose Bowl Parade Queen & Diesel Mechanic Deployed to Iraq

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