Staff Sgt. Corey Hoerdt Recognized On December 15 During Halftime
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During each home game, the Timberwolves along with the Roger and Nancy McCabe Foundation honor Minnesota’s Military personnel as part of the Heroes United program.
December 15th’s honoree was Staff Sgt. Corey Hoerdt, a member of the 133rd Airlift Wing of the Minnesota National Guard. A humble man, he was a bit shy in front of the spotlight at halftime—in front of about 18,000 Wolves fans.
It’s overwhelming,” Hoerdt said of the recognition. “I’m a little used to it because I do honor guard for our unit, so we go out and do funerals or sporting events where we present colors. So I’m a little used to it where it comes to that, but being the only person out there is really different. I don’t like being in the spotlight (laughs).”
In 2002, Hoerdt enlisted with the National Guard at age 18 and now serves as a technical order distribution officer. He has deployed twice in support of Operation Enduring Freedom to Afghanistan, and he credits his family for much of his motivation to enlist.
“I actually have two uncles and an aunt that have all served. One uncle was a lieutenant colonel when he retired,” said Hoerdt. “My aunt, one of the strongest people to me, she survived her bout with breast cancer and is a Minneapolis firefighter. One of the strongest people I know, and she actually fought to stay in her unit.
“With people like that in your life, that’s what made me decide if they can do it, I can do it.”
Hoerdt, who was nominated by his supervisor for this honor, is Minneapolis-born and has nothing but positive things to say about his military career to this point.
“I’m from West St. Paul,” Hoerdt said. “I grew up in north Minneapolis, (and) I’m 28. Two days ago (Dec. 13) was my day of enlistment. I hit the 10 year mark, and I couldn’t be happier. It’s just a great honor to see people truly care about us, and they remember us.”
The Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation celebrates the Season of Giving, presented by SPIRE Federal Credit Union. The Foundation focuses on improving the holiday season for Minnesotans in heed, as well as recognizing those in the community who dedicate their time to assisting others.