Preparation proves key when it comes to the Warfighter
Posted: April 18, 2015 05:47 PM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - Seemingly endless hours and meticulous planning become the norm after more than a week of exhaustive preparation by the Soldiers of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team preparing for a brigade Warfighter exercise at Camp Ripley Training Center.
"This is a tempo that we typically don't operate at," said 1st Lt. Paul Modeen, the brigade assistant operations officer. "From day one, when our advance party arrived to begin setting up our mission command post, we have been going full speed."
After two days of constructing the elaborate tent structure, networking dozens of work stations and establishing a perimeter to simulate working in a tactical environment, brigade staff began the intensive planning that goes into major military operations. Even before the Warfighter exercise was set to begin, hundreds of brigade Soldiers began working through the Army's strategy for large-scale project management, the Military Decision Making Process.
The Minnesota National Guard hosts its first Joint Female Professional Development Training Symposium
Posted: April 16, 2015 05:26 PM
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April 16, 2015
ST. PAUL, Minn.-
More than 300 hundred Minnesota National Guard women will gather together for the first Joint Female Professional Development Training Symposium at Metropolitan State University on April 18, 2015.
"The day is going to be packed full of growth and development opportunities for skills advancement, communication/networking, career mapping, being a leader and competing in the arena," said Lt. Col. Barb Pazdernik, event coordinator.
Approximately 20 percent of Minnesota National Guard soldiers and airmen are women. With more than 13,000 members, it's no secret that more males are in leadership positions - but solutions are in place to change that.
Minnesota 'Purples Up' for Military Children
Posted: April 15, 2015 03:28 PM
Since 1986, the Department of Defense has celebrated April as the "Month of the Military Child", a recognition of the courage of and sacrifices made by children of military parents. More than 1.7 million American children under the age of 18 have at least one parent serving in the military many of whom have deployed several times.
"Month of the Military Child is great here in Minnesota," said the Minnesota National Guard's Family Programs Director Army Capt. Marian Belinski during a recent interview on Minnesota Military Radio. "We have phenomenal support from the government officials to our military leadership and the community in general."
Statewide Joining Community Forces - Minnesota events provide support for communities and military
Posted: April 14, 2015 08:53 AM
ST. PAUL, Minn. - "Each year Joining Community Forces events strengthen the synchronization of effort across the state in sharing resources and building partnerships in support of military-connected residents." said Minnesota National Guard Director of Military Outreach, Annette Kuyper.
Registration closes Wednesday, April 15, for both afternoon and evening meetings that are scheduled for Albert Lea on April 23; Alexandria on April 30; Willmar on May 7; Cloquet on May 14; and Richfield on May 20.
"These meetings are important to the Yellow Ribbon Networks because it allows them to learn about how other communities are connecting with Service members, veterans and military families as well as how to connect with resources they can tap into to support them," said Kuyper.
Minnesota National Guard recognizes April as sexual assault awareness month
Posted: April 13, 2015 03:49 PM
ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota National Guard Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program is working to increase intervention and ensure leaders at all levels are supportive of victims of sexual assault.
"We all joined the military for a reason and part of that underlying reason," said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jennifer Diaz, the Minnesota National Guard Sexual Assault Response Coordinator. "I think with a majority of people, you're here to keep people safe and defend people, so why wouldn't you put that into play with the people that you work next to every day?"
Intervention can play a key role in not just stopping sexual assaults as they are happening, but also stopping a situation before it escalates to the point of sexual assault. All Soldiers and Airmen in the Minnesota National Guard are taught to watch out for each other and to intervene when a situation seems to be inappropriate or when a person may be at risk.
"Intervening in something is very hard because we're in a time now where people tend to think, 'Well, just mind your own business, it doesn't concern you'," said Diaz. "So it's really just trying to get that comfort level up with anybody to be able to stop something that they think might not be right."
Youth Camp Teaches Patriotism and Teamwork to Military Children
Posted: April 11, 2015 12:12 PM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - Camp Ripley is usually known for the thousands of Service members and state authorities they train there each year. Many don't know about the hundreds of military children who attend the Minnesota National Guard Youth and Teen Camp there each summer.
The youth camp, which started nearly 24 years ago, is a unique way for military children to meet other kids going through similar experiences, while also learning about military culture, tradition and history. In 2001, a teen camp was also started to give older children the same opportunity.
"The camp is a unique, fun and safe experience that helps military kids see why their parents serve," said Rich Kemp, Executive Director of the Minnesota National Guard Youth Camp.