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New Senior Enlisted Leader Brings Passion for National Guard to Position

WASHINGTON " The first female and first Air Force senior enlisted advisor to the chief of the National Guard Bureau said her new job is a calling

"It's not about a job," Chief Master Sgt Denise Jelinski-Hall said during a break after Air Force Gen Craig McKinley announced her selection to about 2,400 people at the National Guard's 2009 Joint Senior Leadership Conference here, Nov 19 "This is truly a calling and a passion " I have a passion for the National Guard"

Like many Guardmembers, Jelinski-Hall has had a varied career spanning multiple states Originally from Little Falls, Minn, she did stints in Nebraska and California before serving in the Hawaii Air National Guard for 19 years

She was an air traffic controller, a combat air space manager, a wing command chief, a state command chief and her state's senior enlisted leader She's been both a traditional Guardmember and a technician

In her new role, Jelinski-Hall is responsible for advising McKinley on the enlisted affairs of 457,000 Soldiers and Airmen of the Army and Air National Guard

"It's about service, about commitment and making a difference for America " adding value," she said Adding value to America was the theme of last week's JSLC, an event attended by the most senior Defense Department and other federal government leaders

"I see my role as advising Gen McKinley on all matters affecting the enlisted corps, Army and Air, and their families," she said "I see myself working on big, broad programs " Yellow Ribbon, family programs, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, anything that touches our enlisted men and women

"Resiliency training " Army and Air " is critically important"

Both the Army and the Air National Guard also have senior enlisted leaders "I see us as a triangle," she said "I don't serve over them They don't work for me We have different lines of leadership We will be working together very closely The three of us will work very, very well together"

The National Guard is busy in every state and territory and dozens of countries "Especially where there are Soldiers and Airmen in the fight, that is critically important, and I know how much they appreciate going out, whether it's Iraq, Afghanistan, Qatar, Kuwait, Africa " wherever they are " they appreciate leadership coming, just to say, 'Thank you for answering the call to serve our country'"

Jelinski-Hall said it's also important to visit the National Guard armories, wings and installations located in virtually every community in America "Those that are called to service, we need to go and get in front of them and say 'Thank you' to them and to the families and to the employers and to the communities"

One of her goals is to grow the field of senior enlisted leaders who can be tapped for the most senior positions This echoes a charge made to McKinley when he was appointed to chief " grow the field of senior officers who can be considered for the most senior positions throughout DoD

"It's my responsibility to give Gen McKinley that opportunity to have a wide pool to choose from," she said

Right now, she and her husband, who served on active duty, are focused on their first PCS move in two decades

"Growing up in Minnesota, I get the cold and whatnot, but it is certainly going to be a big culture shock and a transition," she said "I look forward to being able to do some different things other than going to the beach, which I truly love, but really taking in the culture here on the East Coast, the battlefields and the museums It's exciting for us"

Jelinski-Hall hopes to squeeze some time hiking and visiting the ocean, but she said that requires some serious time management She juggles work, marriage, her own child, stepchildren and continuing education "There's not a lot of extra time," she said

Not that she's complaining: "It is such an honor and privilege to be able to wear this uniform that represents the best military It's a calling and a passion, and I believe that this is where I'm meant to be " wearing a uniform that represents the United States of America"

Staff Sgt Jim Greenhill "¢ National Guard Bureau
24 Nov, 2009
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Month of the Military Child recognizes contributions of military kids

Posted: 2018-04-07  01:54 PM
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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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Posted: 2018-03-16  08:45 AM
Col. Angela Steward-Randle ST. PAUL, Minn. - Col. Angela Steward-Randle grew up in a military family - her father served in the Army on active duty - but it was a chance encounter with a friend at college that led her to want to make the military a career.

"My story is no different than many others," Steward-Randle, the Director of Human Resources, Manpower and Personnel for the Minnesota National Guard said. "I was in college and looking for financial resources to help pay for it."

Her college friend suggested they attend a summer training with the Reserve Officer Training Corps that had no obligation and could earn them some money. The friend never ended up going, but Steward-Randle did. After earning recognition as the top honor graduate and receiving an offer of a scholarship, she was hooked.



Minnesota Guardsman Receives Award for Combating Drugs in his Community

Posted: 2018-03-09  03:13 PM
Counterdrug WOODBURY, Minn. - Staff Sgt. Benjamin Kroll, an analyst with the Minnesota National Guard's Counterdrug Task Force who is assigned to work with the Hennepin County Sherriff's Office was recognized for his achievements as the Analyst of the Year during the 2018 Minnesota Association of Crime and Intelligence Analysts Training Symposium in Woodbury, Minnesota, March 7, 2018.

Through a partnership with Minnesota law enforcement agencies throughout the state, the Minnesota National Guard Counterdrug Task Force (MNCDTF) supports the anti-drug initiatives to counter all primary drug threats and vulnerabilities through the effective application of available assets, said Maj. Jon Dotterer, Counterdrug Coordinator for the State of Minnesota. The goal for the program is to support federal, state, tribal, and local agencies in the detection, disruption, interdiction, and curtailment of illicit drugs.

Kroll is one of sixteen service members on the Counterdrug Task Force that provides this force-multiplying service to our communities against illicit drug-use. With the information that law enforcement provide through their patrols and daily operations, Kroll and his colleagues across the state assist by putting together a figurative picture with all of the gathered information which aids in identifying how to move forward with legal action to deter or prevent the sale or use of illegal narcotic drugs.



Women Opened Doors in Minnesota National Guard

Posted: 2018-03-08  09:05 AM
Minnesota National Guard ST. PAUL, Minn. - "The battlefront is no place for women to be," said Command Sgt. Maj. Earl Kurtzweg, 125th Field Artillery, in an article published in 1976. "There are certain jobs girls say they can do, but they just can't do ... the battlefront is no place for women to be. Other countries in the world use women in combat, but the U.S. has not come around to that way of thinking." Kathy Berg, a New Ulm reporter summarized at the time. "So women in the New Ulm unit take care of personnel files and pay records and leave the fighting to the men."

The Minnesota National Guard has "come around to that way of thinking" since those early days of gender integration. In the last 44 years women have made momentous strides toward inclusion and acceptance. Their accomplishments are testimony to their fortitude and the progressive development of the Minnesota National Guard.

When an accomplished female Soldier is credited with breaking barriers she will often pass that honor to the women that preceded her. Brig. Gen. Johanna Clyborne is such a leader. She acknowledges that she is one of the first females in the Minnesota National Guard who has held key leadership roles, however she sees it differently. "I feel responsible for all women in uniform," said Clyborne. "Women before me opened the door, now I've cleared the room. It's up to the women behind me to hold the room."



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