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St. Cloud may seek Yellow Ribbon status

Farmington and Rochester are Yellow Ribbon communities

March 8, 2009

The St Cloud metro area may seek a designation that signifies its commitment to supporting troops and their families

St Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis said he thinks the metro area has met the requirements to become a Yellow Ribbon community and hopes to apply for the designation Yellow Ribbon communities are those that work to welcome home troops and help families of deployed Soldiers

The designation is a part of the Minnesota National Guard's Beyond the Yellow Ribbon reintegration program

Farmington and Rochester are Yellow Ribbon communities

St Cloud-area cities participate in the Warrior to Citizen program, which provides support to Soldiers and their families It also educates the community about what it can do to help ease the transition from serving to coming home

Guardian of Heroes awards are also presented to local businesses that have gone above and beyond to help employees who are deployed

The city of St Cloud also has a special section on its Web site with links to sites where residents can show their support for Soldiers

"We still have more to do," Kleis said

In the last several years the military has relied more on the National Guard to serve abroad, Kleis said That means the community should step up to show its appreciation, he said When a citizen-Soldier leaves, he or she also leaves behind a civilian job and community commitments

"You notice that absence," he said

To find out more on how to help the troops, go to http://cistcloudmnus/Troopsaspx

Kari Petrie "¢ St Cloud Times

Read more at sctimescom
March 18, 2009: "$37.2 million National Guard helicopter base will help maintain fleet," St. Cloud Times

March 11, 2009: "Group working to make Washington County first ‘Yellow Ribbon’ county," Lake Elmo Leader

Feb. 25, 2009: "Rochester to become Yellow Ribbon Community," kaaltv.com

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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Posted: 2018-08-27  12:34 PM
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ST. PAUL, Minn.- The Minnesota State Fair's eighth annual Military Appreciation Day will take place Tuesday, August 28, and provide an educational opportunity for all fairgoers to learn about Minnesota's military community. This year's theme is honoring Minnesota's women veterans.

"The Minnesota State Fair is a great opportunity to bring our community together to show appreciation for the service and sacrifice of our state's veterans," said Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen, The Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard. "This year, I am proud to stand with women veterans as we highlight their stories and contributions to our armed forces."



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Posted: 2018-07-03  01:36 PM
NOREX 45 Over the course of 10 days, 100 Soldiers and Airmen from the Minnesota National Guard who traveled to Norway June 17-26, 2018, for the 45th Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange learned valuable survival skills and shared their knowledge with members of the Norwegian Home Guard. This year's exchange was the second to take place during the summer months in the history of the longest-running military partnership between two nations.

"It was a great experience for both the Minnesota National Guard and the Norwegian Home Guard," said Capt. 'Kiwi' HorgA�ien, the senior Norwegian instructor. "A cultural exchange, a social exchange and military exchange all packed into one."

The 45th exchange got off to a late start, with flight delays causing the trip to be shortened from its normal length of two weeks. The delay meant that the Minnesota Guardsmen jumped right into training, heading out to the field after just a few hours of sleep.



133rd Airlift Wing Emphasizes Combat Readiness Training

Posted: 2018-06-29  10:48 AM
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The exercise, tagged as Iron Ore, was designed test the Airmen abilities to set up operations at an unfamiliar location and receive in depth training on Ability-To-Survive and Operate (ATSO) principles while supporting airlift and aeromedical flight operations.

To ensure mission success and readiness, Airmen had to complete training at home station prior to leaving for Alpena. Some of this training included weapons qualification, gas mask fit testing, Mission Oriented Protective Posture (MOPP) familiarization, self-aid and buddy care and career field training.



Red Bulls Kickoff Division Warfighter

Posted: 2018-06-13  01:38 PM
DIV WFX CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. - "A Warfighter is an exercise that allows the Division to evaluate their ability to maneuver assets in a battle," said Master Sgt. Greg Weaver, the Operations Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge for the Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion. "It is designed to focus on particular areas and specific objectives to be evaluated or tested."

The Division has geared its' planning and training efforts in preparation for Warfighter since July 2017. Coordinating transportation for Soldiers and equipment was often on the mind of Maj. David Johansson, the logistics officer for the 34th ID. With the coordination of Johansson and his team, troops and equipment all converged on Camp Atterbury, enlisting the help of 89 railcars, 280 tractor-trailers, and nearly 50 buses for the movement.

"I like to say my job is to 'quiet the noise'". Johansson continued, "The noise being a real life logistical problem that could impede the exercise."



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