| Maj. Gen. Richard Nash becomes Minnesota's 30th Adjutant General
Maj. Gen. Richard Nash was sworn in as the 30th Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard by Governor Tim Pawlenty during a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda Nov. 1, 2010. Nash succeeds Lt. Gen. (Brevet) Larry W. Shellito.
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 Red Bull Infantry 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 U.S. Service members throughout nine of Iraq's 18 provinces.
“I am 100% confident that as he assumes the role of Adjutant General, that our Minnesota National Guard will remain the best National Guard in this country,” said Governor Pawlenty.
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.
“I am committed to build upon the solid foundation already in place,” said 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.
Photo and story by Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs
1 Nov. 2010
851st Vertical Engineer Company Raises the Roof
Posted: 2015-07-01 08:49 AM
RACINOVIC, Croatia -Members of the 851st Vertical Engineer Company, in conjunction with the Croatian Army and United States European Command, have partnered together to help the small village of Racinovic, Croatia.
The area was hit last year by disastrous flooding that destroyed many of the homes and farms. The closest dam broke, leaving the area under many feet of water and nearly everyone stranded and forced to evacuate.
The Office of Defense Cooperation and Humanitarian Civic Assistance Program helped provide labor, supplies and the people for communities in need all over the world. For this particular project, more than 30 Minnesota National Guardsmen have joined forces with their Croatian counterparts to rebuild the roof of the community center in less than three weeks.
Minnesota National Guard participates in Pride Festival
Posted: 2015-06-30 09:49 AM
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - In observance of LGBT Pride Month the Minnesota National Guard's 347th Regional Support Group hosted a booth at the Minneapolis Pride Festival in Loring Park, June 27-28, 2015, with volunteers from the 147th/247th Financial Management Support Detachments.
According to tcpride.org, "Twin Cities Pride is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit Minnesota corporation that brings the greater LGBT community together to commemorate our diverse heritage, foster inclusion, educate and create awareness of issues, and celebrate achievements in equality."
For many onlookers at the festival, there was an element of surprise with the Minnesota National Guard's presence, but it didn't take long for the outpouring of appreciation and support from the community.
Large-scale exercises test 1/34th ABCT
Posted: 2015-06-29 08:42 AM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - In a simultaneous fashion while rolling up to the firing line, Soldiers man the crew-served and main gun weapon systems onboard their M1A1 Abrams tanks and identify targets at Camp Ripley Training Center on June 16, 2015 - the first drill of its kind for some Soldiers of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division.
"While my gunner is firing on a target, my tank commander is engaging a truck using his .50 cal., and I see rounds flying from our wingman who's engaging a tank way out there," said Spc. Ted Coy, an Abrams driver with 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry Regiment. "Seeing all the tracer rounds cross while our platoon is firing at different targets at the same time is one of the coolest things I've ever seen."
The gunnery and maneuver exercise that Coy and his platoon conducted was one of the many integrated training events the 1st ABCT has been conducting during its Exportable Combat Training Capabilities exercises - a training period spanning from May 2015 to August 2015.
Carpentry and Cooking Cultivates Creativity
Posted: 2015-06-26 01:34 PM
RACINOVIC, Croatia - The hobbies of a National Guardsman can become wildly different between the Military Occupational Specialty a Service member holds compared with 'real life' or what they do with their time outside of drill weekends.
Spc. Brita Hensel's days as a masonry specialist in the 851st Vertical Engineer Company may be few, but her passion and drive for service is something that shows, whether she is drilling or not.
Driven by a desire to travel she recently volunteered for a trip to a small town in Croatia as a part of the Minnesota National Guard's state partnership program to help rebuild a community center. She is a military-trained carpenter, but when she isn't building she is baking or cooking up a new recipe.