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Hugo earns its 'Yellow Ribbon'


WHITE BEAR LAKE - It takes a village In this case, the village of Hugo to earn distinction as a Yellow Ribbon community

On Jan 5, Gov Tim Pawlenty officially made the proclamation honoring about a dozen cities, churches, counties and businesses at Century College in White Bear Lake

Hugo joined Stillwater and Woodbury, Washington County and Stillwater-based Cub Foods in receiving a Yellow Ribbon certificate at the governor's summit for supporting families of deployed National Guard members

The Beyond the Yellow Ribbon campaign is a grassroots effort started by the National Guard to educate community leaders on how to develop a network of support for service members and their families, a network it calls Ft Minnesota The campaign depends on local volunteers who donate time and talent to help families with shoveling snow, helping with household repairs, mowing grass or even babysitting

National Guard Lt. Col. Barbara O'Reilly noted Hugo's March pheasant hunt at Wild Wings of Oneka during the governor's presentation, as an example of what communities are doing to support returning Soldiers

Pawlenty told community and business leaders attending the summit he hopes to make Minnesota the most veteran-friendly and military-friendly state in the country

Soldiers have "given up a chunk of their time" to serve their country, the governor said, "and if need be, they are willing to lay down their lives It is an enormous gesture and act of generosity and love for our country and its citizens What level of commitment should we give back? We need to support them in every possible way"

The message that Yellow Ribbon organizations provide, Pawlenty added, "is a sense of 'I am not in this alone' Thank you for recognizing the importance of our freedom and efforts to support our troops"

Century College is one of 45 campuses in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system that has a veterans center Service men and women can take a wide variety of courses through Minnesota Online and can take advantage of an online goal planning program called GPS LifePlan, which was developed at Century

by Debra Neutkens
Staff Writer


Published:
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 6:42 PM CST

Debra Neutkens can be reached at reporter@press pubscom or 651-407-1230

Article source: http://www.presspubs.com/



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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.



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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.



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Posted: 2017-09-29  02:25 PM
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"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.

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