| Minnesota National Guard Soldiers Killed In Iraq
The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of two Minnesota National Guard Soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Sergeant Corey J. Rystad, Age 20, of Red Lake Falls; and Sergeant Bryan T. McDonough, Age 22, of Maplewood were both killed in combat. Both Soldiers were assigned to B Company, 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry, based in Crookston. While traveling on a patrol mission near Fallujah, Iraq an Improvised Explosive Device detonated near their vehicle on Saturday, December 2nd at approximately 4 p.m. Iraq time.
"We mourn the loss of these two Soldiers; they were truly part of our National Guard family,"¯said Maj. Gen. Larry Shellito, the Adjutant General of Minnesota, "Please take a moment to reflect on the ultimate sacrifice made by these two brave men. We will never forget their dedication, loyalty and bravery to the United States of America and the state of Minnesota. I ask that you keep their families and loved ones in your thoughts and prayers as they enter the holiday season with heavy hearts."¯
Members of the media are invited to a press conference at 3 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 4 at the Crookston National Guard Armory, 1801 University Avenue North, Crookston, Minn. Lt. Col. Kevin Gutknecht, the Rear Detachment Commander of the 1st of the 34th Brigade Combat Team will make a statement to the media.
The Minnesota National Guard will operate a media information center at the Crookston National Guard Armory, 1801 University Avenue North, Crookston, Minn on Monday, Dec. 4. The media is invited to generate remote broadcasts from the Detroit Lakes Armory on Monday, Dec. 4.
NOTICE TO NEWS EDITORS:
-The families have requested that further media inquiries be directed to the Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs Office at 651-268-8949. The family does not wish to be contacted by the media.
- Details of funeral service will be provided as they become available.
- visit: www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org
Sgt. Bryan McDonough
Sgt. Corey Rystad
The Chaplain Stole Passes to Air National Guardian
Posted: 2013-12-10 04:14 AM
The Minnesota National Guard Chaplain Corps became more "purple" today with the "passing of the stole" from Army Chaplain (Col.) John Morris to Air Force Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Tim Martenson. Martenson is the Minnesota National Guard's newest State Chaplain and its first Air Force State Chaplain. The ceremony took place at North Heights Lutheran Church, Arden Hills, Minn. Dec. 9. The presiding officer for the changing of the stole was Col. Jon Jensen, Joint Chief of Staff, Minnesota National Guard.
"I stepped into this stole with my head bowed in humility and that is truly how I accept it today," said Martenson. "Chaplain Morris was my mentor, he reshaped me and reformed me as a joint chaplain. Thank you John Morris for all you have done for me and this state. I stand before you the first Air Force State Chaplain humbled by mentorship."
34th Red Bull Infantry Division Recognizes New Commander
Posted: 2013-12-07 05:07 PM
ROSEMOUNT, Minn. - In a ceremony rich with military tradition, the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division command was passed at the Rosemount National Guard Armory, Dec. 7. The occasion marks the beginning of a new era in 34th Red Bull Infantry Division history.
Brig. Gen. Neal Loidolt assumed command of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division from Maj. Gen. David Elicerio who held the position since November 2010. The Change of Command ceremony symbolized the official transfer of individual authority and responsibility of an organization from the outgoing to the incoming commander.
Farmington celebrates five years as a Yellow Ribbon city
Posted: 2013-12-06 01:14 PM
FARMINGTON, Minn. - A program that started five years ago in a small suburb of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area has grown into a national model for community support for military members, veterans and their families. With a population of just over 21,000, the city of Farmington, Minn., formed the first Yellow Ribbon Network in December 2008 and has been leading the way in helping Service members and their families with community-based resources and services.
"It takes a village to do what you have done and you have become that model for the rest of the cities across this nation," said Maj. Gen. Richard Nash, Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General.