Purple Up! event brings awareness for Month of the Military Child in Minnesota
Posted: April 15, 2014 03:04 PM
ST. PAUL, Minn.- April is the Month of the Military Child. On the morning of Tuesday, April 17, Minnesota's military-connected youth were honored for the first time at the State Capitol Rotunda in St. Paul, to celebrate the fourth annual "Purple Up!" day. This was an opportunity to call attention to military kids who endure special challenges when a parent serves in the Armed Forces. Event attendees wore the color purple, to symbolize all branches of the military, as a fun way to show support.
Purple Up! is a nation-wide effort initiated by Operation Military Kids. The recognition reinforces that military-connected youth play an integral role in supporting their Service member. The event was supported locally by a variety of community members and special guests to include; Governor Mark Dayton, Maj. Gen. Richard Nash, the Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard and committed civic leader Terri Popp, President of the Minnesota Military Family Tribute. They all acknowledged the resilience that military-connected youth embody, and offered a heartfelt thank you.
Purple Up! Day at the State Capitol Rotunda
Posted: April 14, 2014 08:04 AM
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ST. PAUL, Minn. - Military families and supporters are gathering at the State Capitol Rotunda in St. Paul Tuesday morning in recognition of military youth on national "Purple Up!" day.
The program, which begins at 9 a.m. will include: recognition from The Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Richard Nash; a presentation of the Governor's letter to a child whose parent is deployed; and a ground breaking announcement from the Minnesota Military Family Tribute.
Camp Ripley: an environmental model
Posted: April 10, 2014 03:04 PM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn.- Camp Ripley has been recognized at the state and national level for its accomplishments in protecting the environment, as evidenced by a recent award received from the office of the Secretary of the Army.
"This accomplishment is a collaborative effort with numerous state, federal, and local agencies. The environmental staff relies heavily on the scientific contributions from academic institutions such as St. Cloud State University, the University of Minnesota and Central Lakes College," said Marty Skoglund, environmental program manager for Camp Ripley.
A professional in the combat zone, the home front
Posted: April 08, 2014 08:04 AM
BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan - Juggling a career and college may be overwhelming to some people but for Sgt. Tasha Kreger, a native of Pine City, Minn., and a motor transport operator assigned to the 114th Transportation Company, 77th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade, that is only about half of her work load.
When Kreger isn't wearing a combat uniform in a deployed environment she can be found back home working simultaneously more than 40 hours a week as a corrections officer and continuing her education as a full time student at Concordia University St. Paul.
849th MAC conducts joint operation to support Afghan presidential election
Posted: April 07, 2014 10:04 AM
FORWARD OPERATING BASE FRONTENAC, Afghanistan - On March 13, 2014, 1st Platoon, 849th Mobility Augmentation Company (MAC), a National Guard unit baesd in Litchfield, Minnesota, helped to clear a route in the vicinity of FOB Frontenac. First Platoon's mission was simple - to assist the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) in clearing routes so safe mobility is ensured throughout the region to all presidential election polling sites.
Throughout Afghanistan, the upcoming election was a focal point in all military operations. The election scheduled for April 5, 2014 was an important step toward Afghanistan's stable and peaceful future. The US and other NATO forces have an enduring commitment to Afghanistan, and have pledged logistical and security support at the request of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GIRoA).
DET 39 Soldiers' return warms families after long winter, separation
Posted: April 05, 2014 08:04 AM
ST. PAUL, Minn.- Nine Soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard's Detachment 39, Operational Support Airlift returned home March 28, after a nine-month deployment to Kuwait. While overseas, the pilots and aviation operation specialists directly supported U.S. and coalition forces throughout Southwest Asia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
During their tour in Kuwait, the unit conducted aerial transportation and support for U.S. Central Command flying missions to Afghanistan, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Uzbekistan.