My name is Perry Nouis.* I am a retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel with 24 years of combined U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force service. I have spent most of my life serving and protecting the country, and helping people. My wife, Jean, and I have been married 37 years. We moved to Plymouth in 2016 after my last military assignment in Colorado. Jean and I have four grown children and eight grandchildren. Today I love being a grandfather, father, husband, a former small business owner, and a volunteer with military retiree associations and the United States Blind Golf Association.

I was a career Public Affairs Officer with assignments in Germany, South Korea, California, Maryland, North Carolina, and Colorado. I was deployed twice to Iraq, the last time in 2003 to be the Commander, American Forces Network-Iraq (Baghdad).

As the Director of Public Affairs for the United States Air Force Academy, I was responsible for the Academy’s national-level Community Relations and Media Relations programs. I and my staff coordinated Academy programs and issues with U.S. Senators and U.S. Representatives throughout the country. I was also the Chief, National Affairs for the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) & United States Space Command.

I was a Department of Defense Public Affairs Instructor and I was the Chief of the Broadcasting Division at the Defense Information School located at Fort Meade, Maryland. We had the responsibility of providing initial instruction and certifying skills for over one-thousand entry-level Public Affairs Officers and Broadcasters each year in the Department of Defense.

After retiring from the military, I was the Co-owner/Administrator of Nouis Home Care - a family-owned and operated Assisted Living facility for disabled veterans, the disadvantaged, and the homeless in my hometown of Little Falls, Minnesota.

In 2011 I joined Eighth Congressional District Representative Chip Cravaak’s staff and managed the Congressman’s District Office in Brainerd. I was responsible for providing Constituent Services and administering the Congressman’s outreach programs throughout northern Minnesota. I was also the Congressman’s Press Secretary.

Beginning in July, I will be the President of the Air Force Public Affairs Alumni Association. I am an avid golfer (not very good, but avid) and I am a coach for a blind golfer who is a member of the United States Blind Golf Association. I am a member of the American Legion and the Military Officers Association of America.

It would be a tremendous honor to represent the people of District 44A. We love Plymouth. I believe I offer a broad range of experience to confront the challenges facing Minnesota. I care deeply about the education of our children and their futures, the crushing debt that has been placed on them, and what I see as the trampling of citizen rights that we have witnessed this year while trying to keep Minnesota safe and functioning. We can and must do better, and we need to do it better together.

A more complete resume can be found here.

*Nouis is pronounced “Newiss” or ”Lewis with an N”

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