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Minnesota National Guard
Brainerd, Baxter seeks Yellow Ribbon Community status

CAMP RIPLEY, Minn -- Community leaders from the Brainerd, Baxter area gathered at the Central Lakes College Brainerd campus Thursday to discuss the steps that will be required to make the area a Yellow Ribbon Community

Leaders representing a spectrum of civic groups, business, religious organizations and the Minnesota National Guard took the first step in a 16-step process by holding this initial meeting

The meeting, lead by Minnesota National Guard Capt Joe Sanganoo, 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 194th Armor, Brainerd, Minn, laid the ground work and identified what groups will be needed to turn the area into a Yellow Ribbon Community

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"This program was originally created by recently retired Adjutant General Larry Shellito, and his legacy carries on with this program," said Capt Sanganoo�  "When you deploy a Soldier you essentially deploy that whole Minnesota community and this program is designed to welcome them all the way home"

The process is not designed to be an overnight turn the community into a Yellow Ribbon Community but is a lengthy process ending in proclamation from the Governor giving state-wide recognition to the community

To receive Yellow Ribbon recognition, a community unites key leaders within a community to create a comprehensive network that connects and coordinates local organizations, resources and employers for the purpose of meeting the needs of Service members, their families and employers across the State of Minnesota

The next step in the process is to hold a Yellow Ribbon kickoff meeting, where the entire community is invited to engage in the process and make them aware of what being a Yellow Ribbon Community means

The next meeting is being planned for the end of February but the date and location have yet to be announced

Story and photos by 1st Lt Kenneth R Toole
Camp Ripley Public Affairs Officer
Jan 13, 2010

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