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The conflict at home: Substance Abuse Awareness Month

Posted: October 01, 2014 02:10 PM
Minnesota National Guard ST. PAUL, Minn.- Not only a time for jumping into piles of red- and gold-colored leaves, October is also Substance Abuse Awareness Month.

For nearly twenty years, the U.S. has recognized Red Ribbon Week, an event to conduct drug prevention education and advocacy. For several years, Minnesota National Guard members have participated in community events to support the initiative. The campaign runs through the final week of October each year.

"With the Red Ribbon Campaign we're going to take every opportunity that we can to promote what we're trying to do in the National Guard and highlight some of the community resources and partners that we've been working with as well," said Capt. Tara Robertson, substance abuse prevention program manager for the Minnesota National Guard.



Minnesota National Guard Senior Enlisted Advisor position changes hands

Posted: September 29, 2014 02:09 PM
Minnesota National Guard ST. PAUL, Minn.- Command Sgt. Maj. Douglas Wortham took responsibility as the Minnesota National Guard Senior Enlisted Advisor from Command Sgt. Maj. Cynthia Kallberg during a ceremony in St. Paul, September 27, 2014.

Maj. Gen. Richard C. Nash, adjutant general of the Minnesota National Guard, described Kallberg as a leader, technical expert, mentor and trailblazer. Kallberg took on the position of Senior Enlisted Advisor in December of 2011 and is the first female to hold that position in the Minnesota National Guard.



Minnesota National Guard leaders discuss suicide during suicide awareness roundtable

Posted: September 24, 2014 01:09 PM
Minnesota National Guard MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.- According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, about 22 veterans in the U.S. are lost each day to suicide. And while statistics vary from state to state, from age group to age group and from organization to organization, suicide is undoubtedly an issue for those who have served and their families.

Leaders from the Minnesota National Guard talked about the topic of suicide in a recent round table discussion on Minnesota Military Radio during a September show in honor of National Suicide Prevention Month. (To listen to the complete show, visit http://minnesotamilitaryradiohour.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/MMR091414.mp3)



Congressman Walz to receive prestigious NGAUS award

Posted: September 24, 2014 09:09 AM
Minnesota National Guard ST. PAUL, Minn.- U.S. Congressman Tim Walz was nominated for and ultimately awarded one of the National Guard Association of the United State's top accolades after being nominated by Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Richard C. Nash this past spring.

"It is with great pleasure that I endorse Minnesota's First Congressional District, U.S. Congressman Tim Walz, for the Charles Dick Medal of Merit," Nash wrote in his nomination letter to NGAUS. "His track record of commitment to the National Guard and to the State of Minnesota is commendable."



Protocol Professionalism Perpetuates Camp Ripley's Reputation

Posted: September 23, 2014 08:09 AM
Minnesota National Guard CAMP RIPLEY, Minn.- Members of the Camp Ripley Joint Visitors Bureau plan and execute hundreds of events at Camp Ripley each year.

"For every event held at Camp Ripley, attention to detail is crucial to its success and military protocol underpins everything we do," said Maj. John Donovan, chief of the Camp Ripley joint visitors bureau, or JVB.

"Protocol is something the military uses to show proper respect to senior leaders and civic leaders," said Donovan. "But protocol is much more than showing respect - it is about efficiency and doing something in a way that makes the most sense," he added.



First Female Takes Command of Previously All-Male Unit

Posted: September 18, 2014 09:09 AM
Minnesota National Guard ST. PAUL, Minn.- "I'm just another Soldier; it doesn't matter that I'm a female," said Capt. Tara Robertson.

Robertson's soft-spoken words were amplified by her appointment to command an all-male combat engineer unit.

On September 14, the 849th Mobility Augmentation Company, a Minnesota Army National Guard unit based in Litchfield, not only received its first female commander, but it also officially cased its colors, signifying its separation from the 682nd Engineer Battalion. With new colors and new leadership, the 849th has been restructured into Company B, 334th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Red Bull Infantry Division.



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