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Minnesota Adjutant General visits Brainerd Officials

Bloomington - Major General Richard Nash visited Brainerd on Wednesday, Jan 12th and met with local officials and staff of the local Armory

The visit is third in a series as the new Adjutant General tours unit headquarters throughout the state The Armory in Brainerd is the headquarters for the 1st Regiment 194th Armor

Maj. Gen. Nash and other military officials arrived early at the Brainerd airport and started their day at the Brainerd armory talking to Soldiers and answering questions about the expected spring deployment, Soldier training and equipment concerns

"At the end of the day I want to take care of Soldiers, families and employers," said Maj. Gen. Nash

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The General then visited the Crow Wing County Sheriff office and talked with Lt Dennis Lasher�  With the upcoming deployment, General Nash stressed while the 1-194th is deployed there will still be transparent support from the Minnesota National Guard

He addressed continuing to build the relationship between the sheriff's office and the local unit and how that partnership can extend community support programs such as Toys for Tots

Annette Kuyper, Director of Military Outreach, said, "We ask for a relationship with the unit" that contributes to "absolute awareness of support from the local community"

The meeting concluded with a brief discussion of joint operations by Maj Scott Rohweder on joint operations and emergency management

The General then visited with Brainerd Mayor John Wallin and Baxter Mayor Darrel Olson The General reinforced the message that even though the Brainerd unit was expected to deploy the state Guard is still available if needed

"If something happens in your city we'll respond The mission continues," said Nash, referring to the Minnesota Guard's state mission to assist in emergency response situations

The group also discussed the cities progress in becoming a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon City and an upcoming community meeting regarding that project

The General also had the opportunity to meet with local business leaders and veterans organizations over lunch�  Nash and his staff took the time to thank them for supporting their local Soldiers

The General concluded his tour of the area by visiting Central Lakes College, meeting with the College President Larry Lundblod and several staff members While focusing on continuing education for veterans Nash was given a tour of the facility and met with several veterans attending the school� � � � � � � � � � � 

By Maj Paul Rickert
1st Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
12 Jan 2011


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