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Minnesota National Guard
Race for the Cure raises $15,500 for breast cancer research

More than 190 runners braved chilly temperatures and icy-cold rain to participate in the five-kilometer Susan G Komen Race for the Cure, held in the early hours of Dec 17 at Adder Commons

The event raised approximately $15,500 in donations, pledges and entry fees, all of which will be used to fund breast cancer research efforts

Maj Stephanie Leong, a psychiatrist with the 1972nd Medical Detachment, organized the event as her "last hurrah," she told a roomful of participants in Memorial Theater after the race was finished Leong returned to the US two days later

"A while back, Maj Leong came to me and said, "˜I want to do something for the community in Tallil,'"said Lt. Col. Pam Mindt, commander of the 1972nd "I was humbled What a wonderful thing to bring people together to raise money to eradicate breast cancer What we did today made a difference for the greater good"
Prior to the race, runners huddled together to keep warm and dry before finally making their way to the wet and muddy road for the start of the 31-mile event First to finish was 2nd Lt Elias Gonzalez, just under the 16-minute mark As the rest came in, they were directed to the theater where they were offered snacks, drinks and a complimentary T-shirt

Staff Sgt Carrie Sullivan of the 82nd Sustainment Brigade, a breast cancer survivor who has been in remission for two years, participated in the race She said she was very pleased with the turnout of the event and hopes events like the race continue to increase in popularity among the military community

"It feels really good to know that even out here we can still support the cause of finding a cure for breast cancer," said Sullivan "We still have a chance to participate and contribute, which is great"
Leong attributed the large turnout and the amount of funds that were raised " which exceeded her goal of $10,000 by more than half that amount " to the motivation and commitment of the participants

"I think it turned out to be a fabulous event," said Leong "I think people were really excited to be involved with something like this It just goes to show that Soldiers want to give back and contribute, and they want to be involved with something greater"

After the race, prizes were given out in several categories, including Top Male and Female Finishers, Under and Over 40; Oldest and Youngest Runners; and First and Last Overall Finishers Capt Joseph Berube of 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division's Headquarters and Headquarters Company won an iPod for raising the most individual money, with $760, Leong said

The event was run in conjunction with the South Florida Race for the Cure, which will be held Jan 20, 2007 More information on that race can be found by visiting http://wwwraceforthecure-soflaorg/indexshtml

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women, affecting approximately one in nine during their lifetime, according to the American Cancer Society The disease can also affect men, though these cases make up less than 1 percent of total diagnoses each year

By Spc Dustin Perry, 1/34th BCT Public Affairs

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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.

Forging a path to career success

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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