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Lynx honor military with Military Appreciation Night

Posted: August 19, 2014 10:08 AM
Minnesota National Guard ST. PAUL, Minn.- The Minnesota Lynx hosted their third annual Military Appreciation Night Aug. 12. The Lynx donated tickets to active, reservist, National Guard and retired members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families from across the state of Minnesota.

The night featured various pregame activities for these military families and also included a pregame on-court flag display by members representing all five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. Many of the military members involved with the detail enjoyed the time they had to represent.



Minnesota National Guard promotes its first African American general

Posted: August 19, 2014 08:08 AM
Minnesota National Guard ST. PAUL, Minn.- For the family of Brig. Gen. David Hamlar Jr., promotion ceremonies have been a normal event throughout his career. However, his most recent ceremony is different because of the special significance pinning the star on his shoulder means to the Minnesota National Guard.

Hamlar was promoted to Brigadier General, Monday, August 18, at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. Hamlar is the first African American to achieve the rank of Brigadier General in the Minnesota National Guard.

"Col. Hamlar is not only an extraordinary leader in the Minnesota National Guard, he is an accomplished surgeon specializing in the reconstruction of skull deformities and brain tumors," said Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Richard C. Nash. "Hamlar's talent and both military and civilian skills makes him an incredible asset to not only our organization, but to the community as a whole."



Minnesota National Guard to celebrate first African American General

Posted: August 15, 2014 02:08 PM
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ST. PAUL, Minn. - Air Col. David Hamlar Jr. is scheduled to be promoted to Brigadier General during a pinning ceremony, Aug. 18, in St. Paul. Hamlar is the first African American to achieve the rank of Brigadier General in the Minnesota National Guard.

"Col. Hamlar is not only an extraordinary leader in the Minnesota National Guard, he is an accomplished surgeon specializing in the reconstruction of skull deformities and brain tumors," said Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Richard C. Nash. "Hamlar's talent and both military and civilian skills makes him an incredible asset to not only our organization, but to the community as a whole."



Minnesota National Guard trains with civilian partners in disaster response

Posted: August 15, 2014 12:08 PM
Minnesota National Guard ST. PAUL, Minn.- Approximately 200 personnel from nearly 30 local, state and federal agencies participated in Vigilant Vortex 2014, an exercise that tested the ability of the Minnesota National Guard and other agencies to respond to several consecutive disasters across the state, August 12-14, 2014.

"Exercises like Vigilant Vortex and Vigilant Guard provide an opportunity for our Soldiers and Airmen to strengthen working relationships with interagency partners and to practice our response procedures in a controlled environment," said Maj. Taylor Cox with the Minnesota National Guard. "If we are exchanging business cards during an actual incident, we aren't doing our jobs."



Camp teaches youth lessons in leadership

Posted: August 13, 2014 09:08 AM
Minnesota National Guard As St. Cloud Police Chief Blair Anderson surveyed the group of teenage boys waiting at attention in front of him, his words seemed to almost get stuck in the thick late-July air.

"If you get lost, heaven help you," Anderson said, with just enough gravitas to hold the group's attention.

Anderson's words, which came during Day 4 of the almost weeklong St. Cloud Youth Leadership Academy at Camp Ripley in Little Falls, were preparation for an expedition the group would soon be going on.



Keeping Camp Ripley's 53,000 acres safe no small task

Posted: August 10, 2014 01:08 PM
Minnesota National Guard CAMP RIPLEY, Minn.- As calls come in on the radio and people walk in the front door, Spc. Sean Flahave, a range specialist for the Minnesota National Guard's Training Support Unit, keeps busy from the moment he arrives to the time he leaves.

While Spc. Flahave runs through the slides of his power-point presentation on range safety, the partially-filled room of Soldiers listens carefully for all pertinent information that will be helpful to their unit. With the occasional hand rising in the air for a question, Flahave answers any discrepancies the Soldiers have. Covering every topic from barricaded roads to running a safe ammunition point, he ensures that the briefed Soldiers have everything they will need to operate a safe and efficient range in the following days.



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