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Minnesota National Guard
Economy Helps Military With Recruiting

Tales of mass layoffs have dominated the headlines as of late and recent bad news on the economy does not bode well for job seekers However there is one place that's always hiring

For Americas armed forces business has been booming Fears about the economy have led to the armed services having the best recruiting year since 2004 In 2008 all branches of the military hit their recruiting goals The Northland is no different; Master Sergeant Troy Skorich with the 148th fighter wing says if it's not the economy, it's the perks that get new recruits to sign up "You get a young man or woman that comes out of high school, we're offering to pay 100 percent of their tuition reimbursement, we're offering 20,000 dollars in signing bonus, part time job with the economy the way it is, it's a great deal round and round"

While signing up new citizen Soldiers is important for the armed forces, recruiters also concentrate on retaining new recruits "We want to keep the people we have in We've invested a lot of money and time in training them And also I like to think the of the Army National Guard as a second family so when we really lose someone, we're losing a member of our family, which is why we put such an emphasis on it, and we do such a good job of maintaining those high retention rates"

While the Air and Army national guards are prospering, active duty branches also had a banner year Staff Sergeant Chris Scobee with the Marines says the economy just makes it an easier sell "You get a lot of good, tangible things out of the military, but you're also going to get like we said a steady job, steady income, a paycheck, and great benefits so it's appealing to anybody once you think about it" Staff Sergeant Scobee says 8 to 10 people a week come into his recruiting office

In Duluth, Trevor Roy, The Northlands NewsCenter The US Army wants to increase its number of troops to more than 540,000 personell by 2010

Article source: MSNBC.MSN.com



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Operation Future Warrior, rain or shine

Posted: 2017-05-24  01:12 PM
Operation Future Warrior More than 900 recruits from the Minnesota National Guard came to Camp Ripley Friday through Sunday for Operation Future Warrior.

Young men and women who volunteered to join the Minnesota Army National Guard got to experience a small taste of basic training and military training during the three-day event.

"The intent of Operation Future Warrior is removing the mystery of the training recruits will experience when attending Basic Combat and Advance Individualized Training," said Lt. Col. Eduardo Suarez, recruiting and retention battalion commander.



St. Paul-based Combat Aviation Brigade welcomes new senior enlisted leader

Posted: 2017-05-23  08:03 AM
Hellkamp ARDEN HILLS, Minn. - The Minnesota National Guard's 34th Combat Aviation Brigade welcomed a new senior enlisted leader during a change of responsibility ceremony, May 21, 2017, at the Arden Hills Army Training Site.

Command Sgt. Maj. Mitchell Hellkamp assumed duties as the unit's senior noncommissioned officer (NCO) from Command Sgt. Maj. Stephen Cunnien, who served in the position for the past two years and will be retiring from the military later this year.

"Command Sgt. Maj. Cunnien is one of the finest leaders that I have worked with in my career," said Col. Shawn Manke, commander of the 34th CAB. "He sets the example for all noncommissioned officers and Soldiers to emulate. He is a true professional, as a visible leader and teacher for the Soldiers of the combat aviation brigade. We're grateful for his many years of service, and we wish him well as he closes out his military career and enters the next chapter in his life."



Families recognized for sacrifices during Guard deployment

Posted: 2017-05-22  10:57 AM
Welcome Home ST. CLOUD, Minn. - Soldiers of B Co., 2-211th General Support Aviation Battalion were welcomed home May 20, 2017, at the River's Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud, Minnesota. During the ceremony, families were recognized for their sacrifices during the year-long deployment.

"I often tell Soldiers and truly believe that as hard as our jobs are at times, our families have the harder job at home," said Lt. Col. Kevin O'Brien, commander of the 2-147 Assault Helicopter Battalion. "Because Army family members have a unique burden that many of their friends and families cannot understand, they form family readiness groups, or FRGs, to share information and provide support to one another."

The company's FRG leader, Rhiannon Knutson, wife of Chief Warrant Officer 2 Tom Knutson, was in constant contact with the unit's families and went above and beyond what is normally expected of FRG leaders, said the unit's readiness non-commissioned officer, Sgt. 1st Class Mark Wood.



Camp Ripley's Training Support Unit keeps the base running

Posted: 2017-05-16  12:41 PM
Camp Ripley CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - The Camp Ripley Training Support Unit is designated to the care, upkeep and assistance to the installation and those utilizing the facility.

"The Training Support Unit's (TSU) primary focus is to support unit training requirements and ensure smooth operations here on Camp Ripley and the Arden Hills Army Training Site in the metro," said Sgt. 1st Class Terry Clabo, Training Support Unit Readiness NCO.

Camp Ripley features numerous ranges and state-of-the-art training facilities to support military, law enforcement, first responder and inter-agency partner training requirements. The installation is structured to have a full complement of automated small arms and large caliber weapon ranges as well as several specialized training facilities.



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