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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

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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 US 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





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Minnesota Identification Card will no longer grant access to Department of Defense installations

Posted: 2016-08-19  01:53 PM
Minnesota National Guard FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 19, 2016

ST. PAUL, Minn.- With the implementation of the "REAL ID Act" going into effect at Department of Defense installations nationwide, access will no longer be granted to Minnesotans carrying standard state-issued identification cards. Beginning this week, Minnesota residents will be required to have an approved escort or use alternative forms of identification to access the following installations:

- 133rd Airlift Wing, St. Paul
- 148th Fighter Wing, Duluth
- 934th Joint Base, Minneapolis
- Military Facility at Fort Snelling

Without a 'Real ID,' access will be granted only to individuals with an approved escort (i.e. a service member with a Common Access Card), or carrying one of the approved alternative forms of acceptable ID.



General John W. Vessey, Jr. - The 10th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Posted: 2016-08-19  08:22 AM
Gen. John W. Vessey Jr. General John W. Vessey, Jr., a former member of the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Red Bull Infantry Division and the 10th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, passed away August 18, 2016, at the age of 94.

General John W. Vessey, Jr. was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on 29 June 1922. He enlisted in the Minnesota National Guard in May 1939 while still in high school, becoming a member of Headquarters, 59th Field Artillery Brigade, 34th Infantry Division. He was only 16 and fibbed about his age to join. With other members of his unit he was called to active duty in February 1941. When war came, the 34th became the first American division sent to Europe, where it initially fought in North Africa and then in Italy. A natural leader, Vessey rose quickly in the enlisted ranks until 6 May 1944 when, pinned down on the Anzio Beachhead amidst high casualties, the 21-year old battery first sergeant was given a battlefield commission and sent forward to direct artillery fire.

Vessey decided to stay in the Army after war. During his first 30 years of military service, he spent most of his time in combat divisions. In addition to his World War II assignment with the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division in North Africa and Italy, Vessey served with the 4th Infantry Division and 3rd Armored Division in Germany, the 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam and was commanding general of the 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized) at Fort Carson, Colorado.

He attended the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the Armed Forces Staff College, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He also graduated from the University of Maryland. His love of flying prompted him to earn his wings, which he always wore proudly. When he graduated from the Army Helicopter School in 1970, he was 15 years older than the next oldest student.



Message of hope and healing stands out during fun run

Posted: 2016-08-18  10:49 AM
Power of One Fun Run CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - A 5K run/walk event was held for Minnesota National Guard service members Saturday at Camp Ripley.

This event is one of two in the series of fun runs hosted by the Resilience, Risk Reduction & Suicide Prevention, or R3SP.

"Soldiers truly enjoyed this alternative training option. The smiles that were on the participants faces when they crossed the finish line showed they had fun," said Sgt. 1st Class Jeanette Chaffee of R3SP.



Guard unit proudly carries Heritage Torch

Posted: 2016-08-17  09:07 AM
1-194 CAV CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - Soldiers of the 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 194th Armor Regiment celebrated, remembered and cherished the legacy of their unit with several events this past drill weekend.

The inheritance of over 70 years of deployments, challenges and achievements resonated in the several events executed by the men and women of the battalion.

"The trials this unit lived through since its creation are inspirational for all of us ... no matter what you are doing," said Capt. Joe Howe, commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 194th Armor Regiment.



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