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Minnesota National Guard Installs New Adjutant General

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 29, 2010

Minnesota National Guard Installs New Adjutant General

~Maj. Gen. Richard Nash to Replace Shellito as Head of Guard~


Saint Paul -The Minnesota National Guard gains a new adjutant general on Monday, November 1, 2010 Governor Tim Pawlenty will administer the oath to Maj. Gen. Richard C Nash at a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda at 9:00am Nash, who will be the 30th Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard, succeeds Lt Gen (Brevet) Larry W Shellito

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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 and -Airmen in support of military operations around the world The Guard also assists local authorities during natural disasters at the direction of the Governor

Nash recently returned from Iraq as 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 a 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 

Nash's military service began when he was drafted into the Army in 1972 Prior to his current assignment, 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

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

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

Nash was selected as a finalist by a search committee appointed by Governor Pawlenty when General Shellito announced his retirement Shellito's current seven-year term as Adjutant General will end on October 31, 2010

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

Editors:
MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA ARE INVITED to attend the installation ceremony of Maj. Gen. Richard Nash

9:00 am Monday, November 1
State Capitol Rotunda
St Paul, MN

For more information on the Minnesota National Guard visit us at www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org 
 
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs at mn.ng.web@mail.mil or call 651-282-4410

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