Soldiers, Vets and Their Brothers 'Ruck Up' to Raise Awareness of Suicides
Posted: November 19, 2014 01:53 PM
On the cold morning of November 15, as the sun began to rise and most people were warm in bed, 11 hearty Minnesotans prepared their ruck sacks for a 23-mile march to raise awareness in the Rochester community for veteran suicide.
Ruck Up for Life was created by Landon Steele, a former Army Medic familiar with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and life after deployment, in order to raise awareness for veteran suicide.
Roderic Haworth and Nick Lane, Soldiers assigned to Company B, 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry Regiment in Rochester, Minn., were not able to participate in Steele's Minneapolis Ruck Up for Life last October, so they created one of their own. Lane created a facebook page and in two weeks, more than 40 people signed up for Ruck Up for Rochester.
Employees of Camp Ripley - always ready during holidays
Posted: November 19, 2014 01:44 PM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn.- Since its establishment in the early 1930s, Camp Ripley has taken an active role in the local community. The needs of the community, as well as the opportunity for employment at the installation, are just two examples of the positive interaction between community members and the military.
"It's an honor to be able to participate and help others in our community," said Col. Scott St. Sauver, Camp Ripley garrison commander.
133rd Airlift Wing Receives Resilience Training through First Hand Experience
Posted: November 19, 2014 10:32 AM
ST. PAUL, Minn.- Members of the 133rd Airlift Wing received a gripping presentation on the topic of resiliency during November drill from a man who has dealt with personal hardships in his life. Mr. Dave Roever, a Navy Veteran, suffered severe injuries that left him unrecognizable after a phosphorous grenade exploded near his face in Vietnam.
Roever's harrowing account of how he ultimately triumphed over both physical and mental obstacles is what he shares worldwide as a message of hope. The distinct scars that combat left on his face and body were only superficial compared to the battle he was fighting within - thoughts of ending his life was something Roever struggled with regularly when trying to get his life back together. His personal motto that he attributes to Sir Winston Churchill is "Never, Never, NEVER Give Up."
MN Guard, Somali leaders join forces to attract recruits
Posted: November 17, 2014 02:19 PM
ST. PAUL, Minn.- Some Somalis are touting the opportunities of military service -- both for young recruits and a community that doesn't want to be defined by the recent departures of youths to join radical Islamist militants.
The Minnesota National Guard did not want to lose Mohamed Mohamud.
The high school senior was eager to enlist, but his mother, a refugee of Somalia's brutal civil war, balked. Where Mohamud saw new experiences and money for college, his family saw danger. So the Guard took the unusual step of sending a longtime Muslim member to Mohamud's home to address his family's fears and secure their blessing.
Red Bull headquarters prepares for deployment to West Africa
Posted: November 17, 2014 12:58 PM
ROSEMOUNT, Minn.- Nearly 700 Soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard's Rosemount-based 34th Red Bull Infantry Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion will deploy to West Africa in support of Operation United Assistance in the spring of 2015.
"Our Soldiers - your neighbors -- are prepared to deploy to support this humanitarian mission designed to stop the spread of the Ebola Virus and keep it from becoming a pandemic that could potentially impact Minnesota and the rest of the nation," said Maj. Gen. Neal Loidolt, 34th Infantry Division commanding general, during a press conference November 17 in Rosemount.
The Soldiers will support an ongoing humanitarian mission designed to stop the spread of the Ebola Virus and keep it from becoming a pandemic that could potentially impact U.S. citizens.
Minnesota National Guard Soldiers to deploy to West Africa in support of Operation United Assistance
Posted: November 16, 2014 03:57 PM
ROSEMOUNT, Minn.- Nearly 700 Minnesota Army National Guard Soldiers from the Rosemount-based 34th Red Bull Infantry Division will be mobilized to support humanitarian relief in Liberia in Spring 2015.
The Soldiers will provide the command and control of U.S. military forces deployed as part of Operation United Assistance, the military effort supporting the United States Agency for International Development's (USAID) response to the Ebola virus outbreak in Liberia.
"Our mission will be to coordinate all of the Department of Defense resources in Liberia to support USAID and the government of Liberia to contain the Ebola virus, and ultimately save lives," said Army Maj. Gen. Rick Nash, the adjutant general of the Minnesota National Guard.