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Dr. King honored by Guard and community at annual breakfast

Community engagement is critical to the Minnesota National Guard's success, and a favorite event every year is the Dr Martin Luther King, Jr Holiday Breakfast in Minneapolis on the third Monday of every January
 
The event is a chance for Guard leaders to interact and introduce themselves to like-minded folks of all ages and backgrounds
 
"One of the core pieces of the mission is certainly to the community," said Lt. Col. Sandy Best of the 133rd Airlift Wing, attending her first MLK breakfast
 
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Several Guard leaders who normally attend the breakfast every year were unable to attend last year as they were deployed to Iraq with the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division
 
Last year, Lt. Col. Trancey Williams delivered a video greeting from Basra This year, that greeting was replayed for everyone in attendance, and Williams was then asked to stand to be recognized for the service of the Red Bulls and all Service members Williams received loud and enthusiastic applause  
 
"It's tremendous to have the military presence," said Kim Nelson, Senior Vice President at General Mills and an organizer of the breakfast
 
Nelson knows and appreciates the sacrifices of military members, because she grew up as a military child in Hawaii and her father flew C-130s in Vietnam
 
"I think people are so grateful," said Nelson "I think you saw that when Trancey stood up and was recognized
 
"I think most people are so very grateful for all that the Guard is doing but don't necessarily have the forums to thank them publicly," she said "This provides an opportunity"

National Guard leadership in attendance also included Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Richard Nash, 34th Infantry Division commander Brig Gen David Elicerio, Brig Gen Timothy Cossalter, Col Jon Jensen, Col Mike Huddleston, Col Eric Ahlness, Lt. Col. Angela Steward-Randle, Chap (LTC) John Morris, Lt. Col. Jake Kulzer, Lt. Col. Kevin Olson, Maj Brian Green, Lt Mike Griffith, State Command Sgt Maj Edward Mills, 34th Infantry Division Command Sgt Maj Doug Julin, Command Chief Master Sgt Greg Close, and Chief Master Sgt Ray Kennedy

Story and photos by Spc Thomas Keeler
1st Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
17 Jan 2011


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Posted: 2017-12-13  10:11 AM
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Posted: 2017-12-12  11:29 AM
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