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Governor honors Stillwater as Yellow Ribbon City


Now the work begins

STILLWATER - After receiving recognition from Gov Tim Pawlenty for Stillwater's participation in the state's "Beyond the Yellow Ribbon" efforts, the City Council got ready to do the actual work that goes with the honor

At the Jan 5 meeting, council member Mike Polehna thanked fellow council members for being on hand earlier that day at a ceremony at Century College in White Bear Lake The governor and the Minnesota National Guard honored several businesses and three Washington County cities, including Stillwater

"Beyond the Yellow Ribbon" is a statewide initiative in which cities, organizations and businesses assist local members of the armed forces serving overseas and their families Support includes providing help at home while family members are deployed as well as a framework to support returning troops as they return to the community

In his proclamation, Pawlenty urged city leaders not to forget the enormous burden of family members whose loved ones are in harm's way defending the nation He noted that Stillwater is a city that supports military members and spouses in a way that gives peace of mind and support of the community

Polehna, who chaired Yellow Ribbon efforts in Stillwater, said it was an honor to be one of the first five cities in the state to be recognized

With members of the 34th "Red Bull" National Guard Infantry Division returning in February, city officials have already started planning ways to welcome them home

Because many Soldiers returning from deployment to Basra, Iraq, have missed one or more hunting seasons, they are invited to a pheasant hunt March 14 at Wild Wings of Oneka, Polehna said The city is looking for businesses or individuals to help support the hunt or sponsor a Soldier Polehna is hoping for 100 hunters with 76 troops signed up so far The Yellow Ribbon network needs to raise another $5,000 to make the hunt available for 100 returning Soldiers, Polehna said Those interested in donating should access wwwcistillwatermnus

City officials also started the process of posting one or more welcome home banners in downtown Stillwater to welcome area troops as they return

Now the real work of supporting the troops who "have been away for a year sacrificing for us" start, Mayor Ken Harycki said

by Loretta Harding
Contributing Writer

Published:
Thursday, January 14, 2010 2:32 PM CST

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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.



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Posted: 2017-09-26  12:02 PM
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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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