| 34th Infantry Division 30-Day Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Event
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 4, 2010
~ 34th Infantry Division 30-Day Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Event ~
More than 1,000 Soldiers and families from the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division will attend their 30-Day Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Training on Saturday, March 6 through Sunday, March 7 at the Minneapolis Convention Center from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
The event is hosted by the Minnesota National Guard's Deployment Cycle Support providing Soldiers and families the opportunity to attend a variety of workshops including:
- "Parenting after deployment"
- "Marriage after deployment"
- "How to survive in this economy"
- "Investing in your future"
There will also be classes for youth, informational booths and personnel available to answer any questions Soldiers and family members may have concerning the transition from warrior to citizen
On Sunday, 55 Service members of the Community Based Warrior Transition Unit (CBWTU) and their families will also gather at the Minneapolis Convention Center for their bi-annual conference for Minnesota's Wounded Warriors
Special guest speaker will be WWII Veteran Herbert Serth, one of the "Easy Company" 506th Infantry Regiment Band of Brothers He will be speaking about "Transitioning through Life"
Media are welcome to attend the following events on Sunday:
- Herbert Serth's "Transitioning through Life" from 9:15 - 10:00 am
- "Investing in your future" presented by Baskfield and Associates, a "Yellow Ribbon Company" from 1:00 - 1:50 pm
For more information on the Minnesota National Guard visit www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org
For more information on the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon visit wwwBeyondTheYellowRibbonorg
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Nicholle Corcoran, Minnesota National Guard's Deployment Cycle Support at 651-253-4968
Litchfield and Local Veteran Honor Gen. John Vessey at Armory Open House
Posted: 2017-03-10 08:50 AM
LITCHFIELD, Minn. -Bruce Cottington, a Navy veteran of WWII and Korea, donated a bronze bust of Gen. John W. Vessey, Jr. to the Litchfield National Guard unit during the armory's public open house event March 4. Cottington, a Litchfield resident, commands the Minnesota Chapter of the Veterans of Underage Military Service. VUMS members enlisted in the military prior to the minimum age requirement in order to serve their country during WWII. Cottington received the bust from Vessey, a fellow VUMS member. Both enlisted in the military at the age of 16.
The highlight of the 334th Brigade Engineer Battalion open house was the unveiling of the sculpture. The unit was very supportive when Cottington proposed donating the sculpture. The Litchfield community has always been very supportive of the National Guard over the years, so the open house was a chance to say 'thanks' to their neighbors. "This was a great opportunity to honor Bruce and to honor Gen. Vessey," said B Co., 334th Brigade Engineer Battalion Commander, Capt. Seth Goreham. Bravo Company also has a tight relationship with the local American Legion and VFW. Many Litchfield citizens are former members of Bravo Company, or the unit's predecessors A Co, 682nd Engineer Battalion, and the 849th Mobility Augmentation Company.
Camp Ripley welcomes new command sergeant major
Posted: 2017-03-08 03:29 PM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - The garrison command team of Camp Ripley, family, friends and colleagues from the Minnesota National Guard attended a Change of Responsibility ceremony between Command Sgt. Maj. Mike Worden and Command Sgt. Maj. Matt Erickson, March 5, 2017, at Camp Ripley.
The ceremony was an official "passing of the sword" from one senior noncommissioned officer to the next and assumption of the duties and responsibilities that go along with the position of Garrison Command Sergeant Major.
As with many military ceremonies those in attendance welcomed Erickson as a new member of the team and bid farewell, recognized and thanked Worden for his service.
Norwegian youth recognized for response to vehicle accident
Posted: 2017-02-22 09:59 AM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - Norwegian youths Stian Dahl and Haavard Engen received the Camp Ripley Garrison Commander's coin from Col. Scott St Sauver February 19, 2017, in recognition for reacting to a vehicle accident they witnessed earlier that week.
As part of the U.S.-Norway Reciprocal Troop Exchange, Norwegian youths ages 19-20 are matched up with a host family in order to spend an evening experiencing American culture. In most situations the "Buddy Weekend" as it's called allows the youths to go shopping, attend events and have home-cook meals along with their host family.
"We are able to match up youth members with families all over the state," said Staff Sgt. Tim Krouth, Buddy Weekend organizer. "Lots of the families have hosted one or two of our Norwegian friends for several years in a row now, it a great way to relax and see some of Minnesota."
To the top of the mountain and back, NOREX 44 members embrace the Norwegian winter
Posted: 2017-02-21 01:25 PM
HALTDALEN, Norway - After two days at a base camp near Haltdalen, Norway, Minnesota National Guardsmen participating in the 44th Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange were ready for the most challenging aspect of their four-day field training exercise - a ski march up the mountain.
It was Day three of the FTX, meaning members of the 44th Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange had slowly adjusted to surviving and thriving while living in a winter environment and also honed their skills on cross country skills well enough to begin a climb that would take nearly three hours.
"Our goal was to get you to know how to use the winter, see how the Norwegians use the winter, and how we survive the winter so we can conduct combat," said Vidar Aune, one of several members of Home Guard 12 guiding the Minnesota National Guard Soldiers and Airmen during their training here. "By getting the experience living outside in the snow, you manage to survive it and handle it quite well."