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New National Guard adjutant general to be sworn in Monday

The new Minnesota National Guard adjutant general will be sworn in Monday during a ceremony in St Paul

Gov Tim Pawlenty will administer the oath to Maj. Gen. Richard C Nash at 9 am Monday in the Capitol Rotunda Nash will be the 30th adjutant general of the guard and succeeds Lt Gen 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 fifth-larger national guard in the country, with more than 14,000 members operating in 63 facilities

Since 2003 the guard has deployed more than 18,000 soldiers and airmen in support of military operations around the world The guard also assists local authorities during natural disasters

Nash recently returned from Iraq as the commander of the 34th Infantry Red Bull Division He led more than 1,200 soldiers during a 12-month deployment in 2009 and 2010

Nash’s military service began when he was drafted into the Army in 1972 Nash has 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

Nash was selected as a finalist by a search committee appointed by Pawlenty when Shellito announced his retirement Shellito’s current seven-year term as adjutant general will end Sunday

By Kari Petrie • kpetrie@stcloudtimescom • October 29, 2010

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Posted: 2018-06-13  01:38 PM
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Posted: 2018-06-08  11:59 AM
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The exercise, which is part live and part virtual, is testing the St. Paul, Minnesota-based aviation unit's ability to conduct operations and mission command in a high-intensity, complex operating environment. Soldiers are being challenged to take decisive action as they focus on air-ground operations -- or synchronizing and integrating aviation operations into the scheme of maneuver planned and conducted by forces on the ground.

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