| 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 conflict at home: Substance Abuse Awareness Month
Posted: 2014-10-01 02:51 PM
ST. PAUL, Minn.- Not only a time for jumping into piles of red- and gold-colored leaves, October is also Substance Abuse Awareness Month.
For nearly twenty years, the U.S. has recognized Red Ribbon Week, an event to conduct drug prevention education and advocacy. For several years, Minnesota National Guard members have participated in community events to support the initiative. The campaign runs through the final week of October each year.
"With the Red Ribbon Campaign we're going to take every opportunity that we can to promote what we're trying to do in the National Guard and highlight some of the community resources and partners that we've been working with as well," said Capt. Tara Robertson, substance abuse prevention program manager for the Minnesota National Guard.
Minnesota National Guard Senior Enlisted Advisor position changes hands
Posted: 2014-09-29 02:36 PM
ST. PAUL, Minn.- Command Sgt. Maj. Douglas Wortham took responsibility as the Minnesota National Guard Senior Enlisted Advisor from Command Sgt. Maj. Cynthia Kallberg during a ceremony in St. Paul, September 27, 2014.
Maj. Gen. Richard C. Nash, adjutant general of the Minnesota National Guard, described Kallberg as a leader, technical expert, mentor and trailblazer. Kallberg took on the position of Senior Enlisted Advisor in December of 2011 and is the first female to hold that position in the Minnesota National Guard.
Minnesota National Guard leaders discuss suicide during suicide awareness roundtable
Posted: 2014-09-25 01:09 PM
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.- According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, about 22 veterans in the U.S. are lost each day to suicide. And while statistics vary from state to state, from age group to age group and from organization to organization, suicide is undoubtedly an issue for those who have served and their families.
Leaders from the Minnesota National Guard talked about the topic of suicide in a recent round table discussion on Minnesota Military Radio during a September show in honor of National Suicide Prevention Month. (To listen to the complete show, visit http://minnesotamilitaryradiohour.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/MMR091414.mp3)