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Minnesota National Guard
MN Recruiting Second in Nation

The Minnesota Army National Guard Recruiting & Retention Command finished fiscal year 2007 second in the nation based on evaluation criteria covering all three tenets of strength maintenance: recruiting, retention and attrition management

The force exceeded its recruiting goals with 1,998 enlistments, 26 warrant officer appointments and 126 commissioned officers Minnesota ranked third in the nation in terms of number of contracts written per recruiter The most productive area of the state was northeast Minnesota, where 271 new contracts were written by one recruiting team

The state's top recruiter, Sergeant 1st Class Brad Bond, had 42 enlistments in fiscal year 2007, earning the region's Director's 54 Award Oct 25 in Detroit The Director's 54 Award is presented to the top Recruiting and Retention NCO at the regional and national level based on recruiting production, community service and professional Soldiering criteria Sergeant 1st Class  Bond will compete for the national Director's 54 Award in Washington, DC Dec 6

At the local level, the Recruiting & Retention Battalion honors its top-producing recruiters with the TAG 36 award This year three Minnesota recruiters achieved the 36-enlistment benchmark and will be recognized by the Adjutant General at an upcoming ceremony: Sergeant Lawrence Eustice of Mankato, Sergeant Jared Golde of Marshall (two-time winner) and Sergeant 1st Class Bond (a five-time winner) Minnesota's "Rookies of the Year" are Staff Sergeant Michael Rivera of St Paul and Staff Sergeant Troy Erickson of Cambridge, with 34 enlistments each

The recruiting force also celebrated a historic milestone during fiscal year 2007, when the state reached an end strength of more than 11,000 members for the first time ever

For more information on the Army National Guard, or to contact a recruiter near you, call 1-800-GO-GUARD or visit www1-800-Go-Guardcom

By Staff Sgt Mindy Davis
22 Sept 2007





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Fourteen Soldiers. Twelve States. One Competition.

Posted: 2017-07-16  09:45 PM
ARNG BWC One Soldier (junior enlisted) and one NCO (non-commissioned officer) will emerge at the top at the Army National Guard's Best Warrior Competition held at Camp Ripley, Minn., July 17-20, 2017, and move on to represent the Guard in the All-Army Best Warrior Competition in October.

The competitors have been conducting last-minute training since July 12 at Camp Ripley by honing their skills on various weapons, maintaining their physical strength and endurance, and reviewing military tasks.

"I'm feeling very confident," said Cpl. Joseph Garback, a cannon crewmember with B Co., 1st Battalion, 114th Infantry, 50th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, New Jersey National Guard. He's been preparing with the other Region 1 competition winner, Sgt. Zachary Scuncio. Garback says he has really liked the hands-on preparation at Camp Ripley and believes he's had an ample amount of time to prepare.



Minnesota-based Combat Aviation Unit Soars into Battle Phase of Bilateral Training Exercise

Posted: 2017-07-16  09:52 AM
34th CAB CAMP ATTERBURY, Indiana - More than 140 Soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Combat Aviation Brigade have established a presence at Camp Atterbury, Indiana, where they are supporting and engaging in high-level military operations and synchronization training.

Members of the St. Paul, Minnesota-based aviation unit, which is adept at providing a wide spectrum of aviation support, recently dove into the battle phase of the bilateral training exercise Talisman Saber 17. Throughout the exercise, much of their training will focus on air-ground integration -- or synchronizing aviation operations into the scheme of maneuver planned and conducted by forces on the ground.



Camp Ripley to host National Guard Best Warrior Competition

Posted: 2017-07-10  10:50 AM
Minnesota National Guard FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 10, 2017

CAMP RIPLEY, Minn.- Fourteen soldiers from 12 states, representing seven Army National Guard regions will compete July 17-20 at Camp Ripley in the Army National Guard's
Best Warrior Competition.

"This competition will test the soldiers' ability to perform tasks that are vital to our ability to fight and win our nation's wars," said Command Sgt. Maj. Douglas Wortham, senior enlisted advisor for the Minnesota National Guard. "We will push them to their limits to test their endurance, strength and resilience - qualities that our soldiers must possess to be successful."

The four-day competition will feature several events to test the soldiers both physically and mentally. The soldiers will demonstrate their proficiency with weapons, their physical strength and endurance, their ability to perform military tasks and their ability to put their knowledge to use under pressure.



National Guard Best Warriors to compete in road march around Lake Itasca

Posted: 2017-07-07  09:18 AM
Minnesota National Guard FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 7, 2017

PARK RAPIDS, Minn.- Fourteen National Guard Soldiers from 12 states will be competing July 17-20, at Camp Ripley in the Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition. As part of the competition, the soldiers will complete a road march around Lake Itasca the morning of July 20, ending at the Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center.

Members of the local media and the public are invited to cheer on the soldiers as they finish the road march. Well-wishers can come to the Mary Gibbs Welcome Center, 36750 Main Park Drive, Park Rapids, MN, 56470, on Thursday, July 20, at 8:00 a.m. and are encouraged to bring signs or flags to line the route to the finish line.

The soldiers will be marching on public and private land around Lake Itasca. Wilderness Trail will be temporary closed for a portion of the event. The march route will pass by the Pine Ridge Campground and may be visible to campers there.



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