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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
12/17/06




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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.



Finding fellowship in the sacred mission

Posted: 2017-09-26  12:02 PM
Minnesota National Guard CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - One of the most difficult, most sacred, honorable duties in the military is one that people don't often think about. It takes compassion, empathy, care, and requires great resilience. It is one that when called upon to train for, they hope to rarely perform because it means another Soldier has been lost. It is the duty of casualty notification officer and casualty assistance officer.

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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