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Minnesota National Guard awarded Emmy

The Minnesota National Guard was awarded an Emmy by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Upper Midwest Chapter on Sat Sept 26th at a gala at the Pantages Theater in Minneapolis

The "Governor's Award" Emmy recognizes Fox Sports Net North, the Minnesota Wild, and the Minnesota National Guard for "Hockey Day- Minnesota," a collaborative broadcast showcasing the 34th Combat Aviation Brigade, the 834th Aviation Support Battalion and the 148th Fighter Wing as they played hockey during their deployment to Balad, Iraq in January, 2009 The game and special greetings were featured in special programming, with the Wild on Fox Sports Net North, that informed viewers about the sacrifices of our Soldiers and Airmen and the unique ability of hockey to bring Minnesotans together

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The recognition affirms the creative spirit of our Minnesota National Guardsmen "Hockey Day-Iraq " was conceived and executed by Minnesota Guard members deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom Commanders embraced the enthusiasm of their troops and fully supported an Army Guard versus Air Guard floor hockey match that was integrated into a full day of "Hockey Day-Minnesota" NHL programming on Fox Sports Net North During the broadcast, deployed Guardsmen and their families were reunited on air

"I am especially proud of the synchronization of our Public Affairs team"�said Lt. Col. Kevin Olson, Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs Officer "The well-planned and coordinated efforts amongst Joint Force Headquarters Minnesota, 34th Infantry Division, 34th Combat Aviation Brigade, 148th Fighter Wing and the 834th Aviation Support Battalion allowed this broadcast to be successful"�

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This is the second Emmy awarded to the Minnesota National Guard in three years "I am proud to serve with the Soldiers and Airmen who have such interesting stories to tell that resonate so deeply with television viewers, and I am proud of the Public Affairs professionals that have earned this recognition"�said Lt. Col. Olson

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26 Sep, 2009

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"It was an honor to be part of this humbling and moving tribute to our Vietnam veterans," said Col. Stephen Schemenauer. "The traveling Vietnam Wall is a powerful display, and this event provided an opportunity to meet, and thank, service members from WWII to present-day conflicts. Regardless of their branch of service, or the era or conflict in which they served, we all share a common bond."

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Posted: 2018-05-21  03:51 PM
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Making up Task Force Ragnar is Utah-based B Company, 1st Battalion, 211th Assault Reconnaissance Battalion; Nevada-based B Company, 1-189th General Support Aviation Battalion; Michigan-based C Company, 3-238th GSAB; and Minnesota-based A, D, E and Headquarters Companies, 2-147th AHB and F Company, 1-189th GSAB.

"Early coordination with the units across four states combined with exceptional unit leadership and motivated Soldiers helped us to quickly build the task force when we closed on Fort Irwin," said Lt. Col. Kevin O'Brien, Task Force Commander. "I was thoroughly impressed with the professionalism and teamwork of task force Soldiers. This was an outstanding training opportunity that challenged every Soldier to grow as individuals and units daily."

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Xiong, the eldest grandson of the late Col. Song Leng Xiong, is deployed in Kuwait as an information technician for Area Support Group - Kuwait.

"We were not nomadic, but have been in many different conflicts," said Xiong. "Many places I go, I am questioned about my nationality and when answered, end up being even more confused. There is a movie called, "Gran Torino", where Clint Eastwood is introduced to the Hmong culture and I think it portrays the Hmong people not so terribly."

Month of the Military Child recognizes contributions of military kids

Posted: 2018-04-07  01:54 PM
Minnesota National Guard FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 7, 2018

ST. PAUL, Minn.- The month of April is designated as the Month of the Military Child to recognize the contributions and sacrifices military children make so their family members can serve. An estimated 15,000 children in Minnesota have been affected by the deployment of a parent.

"Military children bear a lot while their family members serve," said Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen, Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard. "It is up to us to support these resilient kids and help to lessen their burden."

An event to honor military kids in Minnesota will take place April 13, 2018, at the Mall of America rotunda from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Activities will include appearances by the Teddy Bear Band and meet and greets with Nickelodeon characters.

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