/*********************************************** * Chrome CSS Drop Down Menu- (c) Dynamic Drive DHTML code library (www.dynamicdrive.com) * This notice MUST stay intact for legal use * Visit Dynamic Drive at http://www.dynamicdrive.com/ for full source code ***********************************************/
Minnesota National Guard
Minnesota National Guard leader explains help for military families

Minnesota National Guard leader explains help for military families

Her spouse was away on military duty, and she was home with the children It was a bad day that got worse when the washing machine broke and she couldn’t do a basic chore such as laundry

“I just can’t take it anymore,” Maj. Gen. Larry Shellito quoted the woman as saying

She was not unlike other Soldiers and their family members, Shellito said Monday at the first Warrior to Citizen Conference at St Cloud State University She needed a little help, not a handout, to get through the struggles that often result when family life is disrupted by military service

Central Minnesota has the structures in place to help in such cases, the adjutant general of the Minnesota National Guard said at the conference, which focused on telling stakeholders about educational benefits, veterans benefits and support for family members of deployed service members And St Cloud was not a random choice for the first conference, as Shellito proclaimed nine St Cloud-area communities Yellow Ribbon communities and Central Minnesota the state’s first Yellow Ribbon region Shellito also honored Curt and Pam Karls, who sponsor the Old Glory Run 5K in Cold Spring that benefits the local chapter of the Disabled American Veterans

The young mother Shellito talked about received help from the Minnesota Military Family Foundation and a repairman who said his business was having a sale on washers and dryers

“Within less than eight hours, she had a brand new washer and dryer,” Shellito said
That case shows how the foundation and community members can offer assistance to the families of men and women who are serving their country

Shellito went through a checklist of structures in place in Central Minnesota that make this area veteran-friendly

As many as 30 organizations and more than 300 community members, in 2007-2008, participated in some way in helping Soldiers and their families The area has organized welcome celebrations for returning Soldiers, has set up live video teleconferences with the Red Bull Soldiers who were serving overseas, has educated community members on how to help and has established social networking connections specific to helping Soldiers and their families

At St Cloud State, which earned Yellow Ribbon campus status, a veterans center has been established, as well as a veterans advisory board President Earl H Potter III, who retired from the Coast Guard as a captain, has made veterans issues a priority during his time as president He was in Atwood Ballroom on Monday to receive a certificate from Shellito noting St Cloud State’s designation as a Yellow Ribbon campus

Those who attended the conference had the chance to learn about initiatives aimed at helping Soldiers transition from service member to student, strategies to help keep more veterans enrolled once they become students, how to support children who have a family member deployed and how veterans can network to learn what’s available to them

Something as simple as offering help to fix a leaking window or watching a neighbor’s children so a parent can get some shopping done shows people understand and care about those who serve, Shellito said

“No handouts, no pity parties,” he said

And he cited the veterans center at St Cloud State as a place where Soldiers can go and talk to people “who get it”

Being around others who understand what it’s like to serve during a war makes centers such as that “a safe harbor in that port of confusion,” Shellito said

Because coming home can be a lonely experience for some Soldiers

“That’s the enemy,” he said, “coming home and being alone surrounded by people”

By David Unze • dunze@stcloudtimescom • September 28, 2010
Article source

Articles archive

In The News archive

Media Advisory archive

Latest News

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."

Securing the Bold North: Minnesota National Guard supports Super Bowl LII

Posted: 2018-02-02  10:45 PM
Super Bowl 52 MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - More than 400 Minnesota National Guardsmen are supporting security efforts in Minneapolis ahead of Super Bowl 52.

"This is what we do," said Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen, Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard. "When the local community can't meet the public safety needs, they come to the Guard. We're their normal partner, we're a natural partner, and we're their preferred partner when it comes to filling in the gaps that they can't fill."

At the request of the city, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton authorized the Minnesota National Guard to provide support to security efforts leading up to and during Super Bowl 52. The Guardsmen are providing direct support to and working alongside law enforcement officers from across the state. Like their civilian law enforcement partners, Minnesota Guardsmen are focused on ensuring a safe experience for the residents and visitors who are attending the Super Bowl festivities.

Article archive