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Minnesota National Guard
Governor Pawlenty declares October 26, 2009 as 'Day of the Deployed'

Governor Pawlenty has officially proclaimed October 26, 2009 as the Day of the Deployed The proclamation encourages Minnesotans "˜to reaffirm their patriotism and allegiance to our flag and country and to honor our brave men and women in uniform' The Soldiers' Angels have come up with a list of ways that you can help deployed Service members

Help fill "˜First Response Backpacks' We have enough empty backpacks, but we need Angel Power to help fill them by sending supplies directly to the Combat Support Hospitals For complete directions, please email Roger at rgodskesen@Soldiersangelsorg with the subject line "BACKPACKS" Tell him what you can send and how many of each item and he'll tell you where to send it Items needed are:
- Sweatpants and Zippered Hooded Sweatshirts (L, XL - grey, black, dark blue)
- Lounge pants/sleep pants/pj bottoms (M, L, XL - any color or pattern)
- Plain T-shirts (M, L, XL - crew neck, any color)
- Men's Boxer briefs or Boxers (M, L, XL) Please do not send "briefs"
- Flip-flops to wear while showering (men's large sizes)
- Twin-sized fleece blankets (any color) or Blankets of Hope
Help fill "˜Personal Hygiene Kits'
These kits contain all of the following sealed in a single gallon-sized Ziploc This is a great project for a family, church, school or Scout activity! - Toothbrush
- Toothpaste (any size)
- Bar Soap or Body Wash (any size)
- Shampoo (any size)
- Dental floss
- Body Powder
- Body lotion (any size)
- Lip balm/chap stick
- Nail Clippers (large or small)
- Disposable razor
- Shaving cream (travel sized aerosol cans or tubes of shaving gel)
Some other ideas are:
- Invite local service members (active, guard, reserve, or retired) to speak at your class, school or university
- Soldiers' Angels Random Acts of Kindness Cards (Contact shellemichaels@ msncom)
- Organize a card signing to be sent to the troops
- Take a military family to lunch
- Babysit for a deployed heroes' family so the spouse can get away
- Invite local officials, distinguished military alumni, and veteran faculty members to speak
- Send notes and cards to hospitalized veterans or those living in veteran homes
- Create a large poster signed by all students - send to nearest VA medical center
- Schedule field trips to military points of interest, memorials & museums
- Feature stories by veterans in school publications
- School libraries can prepare lists of recommended military related reading material and present displays
- Ask local veterans service organizations to participate in school events
- Give tickets to families to an event
- Offer specials, incentives, and discounts to deployed heroes returned or going and their families
- Seek media recognition regarding- Let others know what you are doing

by Sgt Dajon Schafer,
Minn National Guard Public Affairs
October 26, 2009

Day of the Deployed Proclamation.pdf

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon-Five things to know about a deployed Servicemember.pdf

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon-How to show support this holiday season.pdf

Soldiers' Angels Website





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Governor Mark Dayton installs new Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General

Posted: 2017-11-04  04:16 PM
TAG installation ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton administered the oath of office to Maj. Gen. Jon A. Jensen, installing him as the Minnesota National Guard's 31st Adjutant General during a ceremony in St. Paul, November 4, 2017.

"General Jensen has been a tremendous leader of the Minnesota National Guard throughout his years of dedicated service," said Governor Dayton. "He has served in two top leadership positions, as the Commanding General of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, and also as the Chief of Staff at the Guard's Joint Force Headquarters. I am confident that he will continue to provide the same outstanding leadership as his predecessor, General Rick Nash."

Jensen most recently served as the Commanding General of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division. He previously held positions as Deputy Commanding General, United States Army Africa and Southern European Task Force, Minnesota National Guard Director of the Joint Staff and Minnesota National Guard Assistant Adjutant General - Army.



Guard Heritage Suffers with Loss of Artillery Unit

Posted: 2017-10-04  11:22 AM
ETAB ANOKA, Minn. - The Minnesota National Guard lost one of its most historically significant units when the 151st Artillery's E Battery, (Target Acquisition) cased its colors in a ceremony at the Anoka High School Aug. 19, 2017.

The Target Acquisition Battery (ETAB), 151st Field Artillery is one of the oldest and most decorated units in the Minnesota National Guard and the 34th Infantry Division. "Both Minnesota and the Division lose the proud lineage that goes back to Civil War days, through WW1 and WW2, and had a significant amount of battle streamers," said 151st Field Artillery Battalion Commander, Lt. Col. Patrick Cornwell.

The 151st Field Artillery draws its lineage from the 1st Regiment, Minnesota Heavy Artillery of 1864 which fought two major campaigns in Tennessee during the Civil War.



In one month: Minnesota Guardsmen support Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria

Posted: 2017-09-29  02:25 PM
Minnesota National Guard ST. PAUL, Minn. - In the span of a few weeks, three major hurricanes hit different parts of the southern United States, causing widespread damage and destruction and requiring the response of agencies around the country. The Minnesota National Guard is one of the many organizations that have responded, sending Soldiers and Airmen to Texas, Florida, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

"This is the most gratifying deployment of my career," said Capt. Jeremy Maxey with the 133rd Airlift Wing who was called back from his vacation early to go to the Virgin Islands. "It means a lot to be able to actually directly help people. It's why I serve. Throughout my career I've deployed numerous times, but this is the one where you actually see the people you serve."

The start of the month brought the first request for assistance. On Sept. 1, two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and 11 personnel from the St. Cloud-based B Company, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 211th Aviation Regiment left for Texas following Hurricane Harvey to transport personnel and equipment in support of response efforts.



Finding fellowship in the sacred mission

Posted: 2017-09-26  12:02 PM
Minnesota National Guard CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - One of the most difficult, most sacred, honorable duties in the military is one that people don't often think about. It takes compassion, empathy, care, and requires great resilience. It is one that when called upon to train for, they hope to rarely perform because it means another Soldier has been lost. It is the duty of casualty notification officer and casualty assistance officer.

About 45 Minnesota Army National Guard Soldiers came to Camp Ripley, Minnesota, on September 21-22, 2017, for a Reset Seminar to find fellowship in one specific thing they have in common: delivering the worst news in the Army.

When a Soldier dies at home or overseas, CNOs and CAOs must notify and help families through the process, including paperwork, benefits, and funeral arrangements.



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