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Minnesota National Guard
Yellow Ribbon campaign expands

Gov Tim Pawlenty and members of the military said the new partnership was past due, as they announced the expansion of the "˜Beyond the Yellow Ribbon' campaign Monday afternoon The program helps troops re-adjust after returning from Iraq

"˜Yellow Ribbon' communities bring Soldiers together after they return home Those Soldiers are given support in the form of help with job placement and marital and psychological counseling, to help them reintegrate

"We need to make sure our deeds match up with our words--support and encourage and thank you to your families," Pawlenty said

The Governor spoke just before he and other dignitaries-including the Secretary of the US Army-signed the "˜Minnesota Family Covenant'

The "˜Covenant' placed the state into a promise: To be there for military families when Soldiers have to leave to fight and when they return home

"I'll be very blunt with you: I think the programs we had nationally and in Minnesota were a little out of date, not as modern as they could have been or should have been," Pawlenty said

In 2005, the Minnesota National Guard pioneered a program that began to change how Soldiers and airmen are reintegrated back into their communities The success it has shown, has translated into similar programs started in other states across America

Pawlenty said the "˜Yellow Ribbon' campaign has much to be proud of

"When you do all that you can for your country and for us, it's important we do all we can for you and your families That doesn't just mean our rhetoric during speeches That means our deeds and actions need to match up," he explained

In Minnesota, more than 1,100 National Guard and Reserve Soldiers have been called to active duty since the Sept 11 attacks

Nicole Muehlhausen, 5 Eyewitness News

Read more at kstpcom

Go to the Minnesota National Guard's Beyond the Yellow Ribbon page for more information about the Minnesota National Guard's award-winning Servicemember reintegration program.

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"Typically there's been very few people who have been allowed to command the 34th Infantry Division that didn't come from the state of Minnesota," Corell said.

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Posted: 2017-12-12  11:29 AM
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The St. Paul-based unit hosted its annual aviation brigade ball Dec. 9, at the Envision Event Center in Oakdale, Minnesota, where the unit's new logo was unveiled.

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Posted: 2017-12-08  12:08 PM
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Governor Mark Dayton installs new Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General

Posted: 2017-11-04  04:16 PM
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"General Jensen has been a tremendous leader of the Minnesota National Guard throughout his years of dedicated service," said Governor Dayton. "He has served in two top leadership positions, as the Commanding General of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, and also as the Chief of Staff at the Guard's Joint Force Headquarters. I am confident that he will continue to provide the same outstanding leadership as his predecessor, General Rick Nash."

Jensen most recently served as the Commanding General of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division. He previously held positions as Deputy Commanding General, United States Army Africa and Southern European Task Force, Minnesota National Guard Director of the Joint Staff and Minnesota National Guard Assistant Adjutant General - Army.

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