| Partnership program between UofM, Iraq to begin
COB BASRA " Calling all doctors: soon, doctors from southern Iraq may be able to travel to study with their counterparts at the University of Minnesota
Col Michael Rath, 34th Red Bull Infantry Division Surgeon, said he has been in talks to create a partnership program between the University of Minnesota Academic Health Centers and the Basra Medical and Nursing Schools
A visit to the campus in Minneapolis Dec 4 was followed by invitations for faculty visitation to address curriculum and instruction, in addition to faculty development in Basrah A reply from the dean of the Basrah Medical School is expected to frame the relationships for years to come
The partnership program would allow doctors from Basrah to travel to U of M facilities for one or two weeks at a time to "scrub in and learn the latest advances in surgical technique," Rath said
The proposed partnership program began with a meal Rath was attending a July 4 dinner when he was summoned to the commanding general's table
Maj Gen Richard Nash, head of Multi-National Division South, wanted him to meet the cleric, Imam Al-Moosawi, an important Basrah cleric and businessman What followed was an invitation to meet his brother-in-law, a physician and director of the Al-Moosawi Hospital in Basrah At issue was the need to provide updates to surgical training for Dr Al-Moosawi and his associates
Rath and personnel of the Basrah Provincial Reconstruction Team visited the hospital and local schools, which Rath said are the future of Iraq "This province depends on these schools to produce the doctors and nurses, who, following their training, will provide primary care and go off to obtain specialty training," said Rath
After some planning and outreach, Rath visited the Landstuhl Army Medical Center in Germany for a meeting with the hospital commander there
An existing civilian surgeon program offered the training Al-Moosawi sought, and similar contacts with the University of Minnesota should make similar access for surgical training available as details are worked out
"The citizens of Minnesota have a long tradition of philanthropy not only in the state and in the country but in the world," said Rath, who has supplied his successors with follow-on plans to support the partnership program long after the Red Bulls leave
"I think what the University of Minnesota schools will appreciate about this relationship is a growing awareness of the challenges of delivering healthcare in a war-torn country, which, after 30 years of strife and war and dictatorship, is trying to emerge"
By Pfc J Princeville Lawrence
34th Red Bull Infantry Division PAO
25 Dec, 2009
Article source: http://www.theredbulls.org/article00530
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Camp Ripley earns top environmental award
Posted: 2017-04-26 02:09 PM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - The Department of Defense announced that Camp Ripley was selected as the winner of the Secretary of Defense Environmental Award for Natural Resources Conservation, Large Installation.
The awards recognize individuals, teams and installations for their exceptional environmental achievements and innovative, cost-effective environmental practices.
"The winners' efforts strengthen the Department of Defense's position as a resourceful environmental steward, both at home and abroad, and demonstrate our continued commitment to fulfilling mission needs through advanced environmental practices and technologies," stated James A. MacStravic, performing the duties of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics.
Minnesota Guardsman finds work with victims in the military and the local community rewarding
Posted: 2017-04-26 10:57 AM
COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. - Staff Sgt. Nicquie Neely has been working with victims of sexual assault for four years in the Minnesota National Guard and also volunteers as a victim advocate in the community. As a victim advocate, it's her job to believe and support victims through a difficult process that can often involve extensive medical care and legal proceedings.
"Ever since I joined the Guard and heard about the SHARP program and learned what a victim advocate was, I always wanted to be one," said Neely. "And then I learned that you had to be an E-6 to be in that position, so the minute I got promoted I asked my commander if I could go to the training."
Neely is a combat medic and the full-time training and administration NCO with Company C, 134th Brigade Support Battalion. In addition to military victim advocate training, Neely also attends regular training with the civilian organization she volunteers for - SOS Sexual Violence Services in Ramsey County.
Minnesota National Guard Remembers the Holocaust with Jewish Community Relations Council
Posted: 2017-04-24 10:43 AM
Washington - Members of the Minnesota National Guard and the Air Force Reserve traveled to Washington D.C. with the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (also known as the JCRC), to visit the Holocaust Museum, April 4, 2017, to honor the victims of the Holocaust. Also, traveling with this group were St. Paul and Minneapolis police officers along with students from various high schools around the state. For those in uniform that day, it was an opportunity to see, hear and experience the stories of victims and survivors of the Holocaust.
Each Service member who attended was asked to bring back a summary of their experience in the form of a presentation, professional discussion or briefing to their respective unit in order to help other Guard members better understand and remember that horrible event, to honor the courage of the victims and survivors, and to remain vigilant as members of the U.S. military.
"The honor and privilege of accompanying members of the Minnesota National Guard to the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. met so many goals," said Steve Hunegs, the executive director of the JCRC. "I wanted to reinforce the importance of the commitment of the U.S. military to democracy. After all, it was the Allies that defeated Nazi Germany and ultimately put an end to the Holocaust."
Learning to instruct professionalism and discipline
Posted: 2017-04-19 02:15 PM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - It was a challenging and rewarding two weeks for members attending the Army National Guard Funeral Honors Instructor Course, April 1-14, at Camp Ripley.
Soldiers of National Guard units from all over the United States took part in the course designed to educate team leaders in a variety of funeral honor detail tasks, traditions and responsibilities.
"It's a stressful course, but for our job, we have to be prepared to do our job under stress; and we all really benefitted from that," said Class Honor Grad, Sgt. Ryan Valline of the 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry.