/*********************************************** * 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 ***********************************************/
History
Minnesota National Guard
Welcome home, Col. Weaver

Windom honors Soldiers, celebrates Veterans Day
WINDOM — For 25 years, American Legion Post 206 of Windom has been hosting an annual Veterans Day program


Worthington High School hosted speaker Second Lt Gregory Grunig of the Minnesota Army National Guard Nov 11, 2010 At the celebration, Bel Canto sung "Star-Spangled Banner" and "Ave Maria," and the Worthington High School band played a medley of service songs

http://wwwdglobecom/media/full/jpg/2010/11/11/12-vetspeakerwindomjpg
justine wettschreck/Daily Globe

Col Richard Weaver, a native of Heron Lake and former commander of Camp Ripley, was the featured speaker at the Windom Veterans Day program Thursday

The guest speakers have included a man who was aboard a ship that went down during the Pearl Harbor attack, a soldier who had just returned from a tour of duty in Iraq, a former joint chief of staff, an F-16C fighter pilot, the governor of Minnesota, a national teacher of the year and the governor’s wife

“I’m honored to join such a wonderful list,” said retired Col Richard Weaver, this year’s speaker “Thank you for inviting me”

During the program, which took place at the Windom Area High School, there were featured songs by a mass choir of first through 12th grade students and comments by the girl and boy stater Several veterans demonstrated the proper way to fold a flag, Post Commander Babe Crowell read off the names of 15 deceased members while the silent audience watched and the salute to each branch of the armed forces had toes tapping and hands clapping

Master of Ceremonies Dave Adamson was happy to introduce Weaver, whom he referred to as “no stranger to southwest Minnesota”

Weaver, who served as the commander of Camp Ripley, a National Guard Training site near Little Falls, from 2003 to May 2010, was born “just down the road,” he said, in Heron Lake He graduated in 1979 from Brewster High School, then attended Winona State University He enlisted in the Army National Guard in 1977, and spent 25 full-time years in the military

“If I had to do it all over again, I would,” he stated to a room full of people ranging in ages from pre-schoolers to senior citizens

Serving in the military, Weaver said, taught him a great deal
“Many people ask what it is like to be in the Army,” he added “I really loved it There is such a sense of accomplishment”

The military, he explained, is good at training and leading and is the best at getting things accomplished

“Once a commander decides on a course of action, everybody does what needs to be done,” Weaver said “Leadership is taught”

As Veterans Day approached, Weaver said he gave thought to the subject of patriotism Is it about a flag? The Pledge of Allegiance? Taking off your hat during the National Anthem?
“It is those things, but there is much more to it than that,” he said

He spoke of loyalty to the American idealism, of a devotion that brings us together as one

“Patriotism starts as a gut instinct — it is a vitality,” he stated passionately “It outweighs imperfections It is a belief that things can be made better”

Patriotic Americans, Weaver said, should “continue to insist that there is nothing we cannot do if we put our minds to it”
All Americans, he added, should express profound gratitude for those who fought for our flag and defended our liberties

He cautioned against defining patriotism as a fear of something rather than a love of something, reminding his audience to respect the First Amendment and political power when it is used without oppression

“You can disagree with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but still support the troops,” he explained “Be wary of anyone trying to use patriotism for political gain”

Weaver asked the students in the school gymnasium to make a point to thank a veteran, not only on Veterans Day, but every day He asked them to take responsibility for their lives, to be good role models and to develop the habit of hanging out with others who are good role models

“You can do something to make America a better place for future generations,” he told the students “Be willing to give something up on behalf of a better cause There is nothing you can’t do if you put your mind to it”

By: Justine Wettschreck, Worthington Daily Globe
Published November 11 2010


Article source
http://www.dglobe.com/event/image/id/19149/headline/Veteran/



Articles archive

In The News archive

Media Advisory archive

Latest News

Minnesota Guardsmen learn survival skills, train with Norwegian counterparts

Posted: 2018-07-03  01:36 PM
NOREX 45 Over the course of 10 days, 100 Soldiers and Airmen from the Minnesota National Guard who traveled to Norway June 17-26, 2018, for the 45th Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange learned valuable survival skills and shared their knowledge with members of the Norwegian Home Guard. This year's exchange was the second to take place during the summer months in the history of the longest-running military partnership between two nations.

"It was a great experience for both the Minnesota National Guard and the Norwegian Home Guard," said Capt. 'Kiwi' HorgA�ien, the senior Norwegian instructor. "A cultural exchange, a social exchange and military exchange all packed into one."

The 45th exchange got off to a late start, with flight delays causing the trip to be shortened from its normal length of two weeks. The delay meant that the Minnesota Guardsmen jumped right into training, heading out to the field after just a few hours of sleep.



133rd Airlift Wing Emphasizes Combat Readiness Training

Posted: 2018-06-29  10:48 AM
Alpena ALPENA, Michigan - Approximately 300 U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 133rd Airlift Wing participated in a readiness exercise at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Alpena, Mich.

The exercise, tagged as Iron Ore, was designed test the Airmen abilities to set up operations at an unfamiliar location and receive in depth training on Ability-To-Survive and Operate (ATSO) principles while supporting airlift and aeromedical flight operations.

To ensure mission success and readiness, Airmen had to complete training at home station prior to leaving for Alpena. Some of this training included weapons qualification, gas mask fit testing, Mission Oriented Protective Posture (MOPP) familiarization, self-aid and buddy care and career field training.



Red Bulls Kickoff Division Warfighter

Posted: 2018-06-13  01:38 PM
DIV WFX CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. - "A Warfighter is an exercise that allows the Division to evaluate their ability to maneuver assets in a battle," said Master Sgt. Greg Weaver, the Operations Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge for the Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion. "It is designed to focus on particular areas and specific objectives to be evaluated or tested."

The Division has geared its' planning and training efforts in preparation for Warfighter since July 2017. Coordinating transportation for Soldiers and equipment was often on the mind of Maj. David Johansson, the logistics officer for the 34th ID. With the coordination of Johansson and his team, troops and equipment all converged on Camp Atterbury, enlisting the help of 89 railcars, 280 tractor-trailers, and nearly 50 buses for the movement.

"I like to say my job is to 'quiet the noise'". Johansson continued, "The noise being a real life logistical problem that could impede the exercise."



Minnesota-based aviation unit takes part in Warfighter Exercise

Posted: 2018-06-08  11:59 AM
34ECAB WFX CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. - More than 150 Soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade are here participating in a multi-echelon training event, Warfighter Exercise 18-5, May 30 to June 15.

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.

In this case, the units on the ground are being commanded by the Rosemount, Minnesota-based 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, which is also participating in the exercise.



Article archive
 
top