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Minnesota National Guard
Minnesota's 30th Adjutant General Selected

Saint Paul "Governor Tim Pawlenty today announced the appointment of Major General Richard C Nash to be the 30th Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard  Major General Nash succeeds Major General Larry Shellito who announced his retirement in June

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The Adjutant General is the administrative head of the Minnesota Department of Military Affairs and the leader of the Minnesota National Guard Minnesota has the nation's fifth largest National Guard, with more than 14,000 members operating in 63 facilities throughout the state Since 2003, the Minnesota National Guard has deployed more than 18,000 Citizen-Soldiers in support of military operations around the world The Guard also assists local authorities during natural disasters at the direction of the Governor

"Major General Richard Nash is a strong, seasoned, and conscientious leader of the Minnesota National Guard and he will be a tremendous Adjutant General," Governor Pawlenty said "Whether fighting floods at home or fighting for freedom around the world, Major General Nash understands the multiple missions the Minnesota National Guard He has a proven track record and will continue the tremendous work of Major General Larry Shellito in leading the Minnesota Army and Air National Guard in the future"

Major General Nash is currently the Commander of the 34th Infantry "Red Bull" Division headquartered in Rosemount He led more than 1,200 Citizen-Soldiers representing 273 Minnesota communities and 14 states who deployed with the Red Bulls during an historic 12-month deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2009 and 2010 The Red Bulls provided command and control of military forces in the southern third of Iraq and led a force of approximately 14,000 US service members throughout nine of Iraq's 18 provinces

Major General Nash's military service began with his enlistment into the Infantry in 1972 Prior to his current assignment, Major General Nash served as Special Assistant to the Combatant Commander, North American Aerospace Command, United States Northern Command He also served as the commanding general for the Minnesota National Guard's peacekeeping deployment to Bosnia in 2003-2004  More than 1,100 members of the Minnesota Army National Guard were deployed in support of the mission

Major General Nash had a successful 32-year career in the construction industry as well as continuing a successful military career as a traditional Guardsman in the Minnesota National Guard He has been awarded 10 patents as the sole or co-inventor of manufacturing equipment that has revolutionized the process of producing pre-stress concrete construction components

Major General Nash's awards include Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, and NATO Medal His Minnesota awards include the Commendation Ribbon with Pendant, State Active Duty Ribbon, and Distinguished Recruiting Ribbon

Major General Nash earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Mankato State University and graduated from the Army War College Originally from Jordan, Nash and his wife Jeanette now reside in New Prague They have a son, Ryan, and daughter, Kelly

 "I am humbled  I couldn't be more honored to lead the fine men and women of the Minnesota National Guard," stated Nash

Approximately 2,700 Minnesota National Guard Soldiers will deploy for operations throughout Kuwait and Iraq in 2011  The Department of Defense announced earlier this year that the Minnesota Army National Guard's Bloomington-based 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, has been alerted to prepare for a deployment in support of Operation New Dawn, the drawdown phase of Operation Iraqi Freedom

General Shellito will end his current seven-year term as Adjutant General on October 31, 2010 Over his 37-year career in the Minnesota National Guard, Shellito served in many capacities including command assignments at the platoon, company, battalion, brigade and division levels General Shellito was instrumental in establishing the state's nation-leading "Beyond the Yellow Ribbon" initiative, which is now the foundation of a national program to reintegrate National Guard and Reserve military service members following deployments

Major General Richard Nash was selected as a finalist by a search committee appointed by Governor Pawlenty when General Shellito announced his retirement Retired Lt General H Steven Blum served as the chair of the search committee He was the Deputy Commander, United States Northern Command from 2008 to 2010, and served as the Chief of the US National Guard Bureau from 2003 to 2008

"On behalf of the Search Committee, we are confident Major General Richard Nash will be a strong leader for the Minnesota National Guard in the years to come," said Lt General (Retired) H Steven Blum "General Nash has been a tremendous leader for the state of Minnesota and our country"

In addition to Blum, the members of the Adjutant General Search Committee were:

  1. Retired General John W Vessey, Jr served as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President Reagan from 1982 to 1985 He began his military career as a private in the Minnesota National Guard

  2. Retired United States Air Force Brigadier General Dennis Schulstad recently served as the Minnesota Chair of the Employers Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) He is a former Minneapolis City Council Member and is involved in a variety of civic organizations

  3. Ginny Morris is President of Hubbard Radio Her current and former civic board experience includes the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, Gillette Children's Hospital, the Children's Cancer Research Fund, and St Paul Academy

  4. Ron Schutz heads the Intellectual Property Litigation Group at Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi LLP and serves as the Chair of Governor's Commission on Judicial Selection He served as a Captain in the United States Army from 1981-85
"I want to thank Chairman Lt General Steve Blum and the members of the search committee for the care and diligence they exercised in their evaluation of applicants Minnesotans should feel comfortable that the next Adjutant General went through such a rigorous process," Governor Pawlenty said

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