| 11th Annual Government on Display Expo
Information about valuable government resources available to Minnesota residents was presented at the 11th Annual Government on Display Expo, held at the Mall of America in Bloomington on Jan. 30 and 31.
The Federal Executive Board of Minnesota hosts this annual event, coordinating exhibits spread out through the Mall of America first floor courts. Exhibits included such departments as Minnesota National Guard and Reserve military components, Department of Agriculture, Department of Veterans Affairs, and Department of Housing and Urban Development. The departments had a variety of interactive materials as well as pamphlets, magnets and pens for residents to keep.
The largest display was hosted by the Minnesota Army National Guard, which featured two rock climbing walls.
"The purpose of us being there was to show the public that there are opportunities that are available to them,"¯said Sgt. 1st Class Michael Rivera, Minnesota Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention Noncommissioned Officer. "Additionally, we wanted to make ourselves visible and accessible to answer questions and give accurate answers."¯
According to Rivera, the event was a success.
"There was a ton of interest, not only in troops returning from deployments, but as well as people interested in joining the Army National Guard team,"¯ Rivera said. "That kind of exposure and the opportunity the Mall of America gave was incredible."¯
Along with the exhibits, a citizenship ceremony was held, welcoming children and youth as new Americans. Some new citizens were adopted into American families from other countries, and others had relatives who were citizens.
Story and photos by Sgt. Jodi Krause
Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs
30 Jan., 2010
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For nearly twenty years, the U.S. has recognized Red Ribbon Week, an event to conduct drug prevention education and advocacy. For several years, Minnesota National Guard members have participated in community events to support the initiative. The campaign runs through the final week of October each year.
"With the Red Ribbon Campaign we're going to take every opportunity that we can to promote what we're trying to do in the National Guard and highlight some of the community resources and partners that we've been working with as well," said Capt. Tara Robertson, substance abuse prevention program manager for the Minnesota National Guard.
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Posted: 2014-09-29 02:36 PM
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Maj. Gen. Richard C. Nash, adjutant general of the Minnesota National Guard, described Kallberg as a leader, technical expert, mentor and trailblazer. Kallberg took on the position of Senior Enlisted Advisor in December of 2011 and is the first female to hold that position in the Minnesota National Guard.
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Posted: 2014-09-25 01:09 PM
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Leaders from the Minnesota National Guard talked about the topic of suicide in a recent round table discussion on Minnesota Military Radio during a September show in honor of National Suicide Prevention Month. (To listen to the complete show, visit http://minnesotamilitaryradiohour.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/MMR091414.mp3)