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Minnesota National Guard Celebrates Black History Month

Black History is American History The history of Black Americans in the Minnesota National Guard is influenced by a larger history of Black Americans in the United States

Through the course of our American history, Black Americans have endured racism and social injustice in all aspects of life However, Black Americans have continually volunteered and fought bravely in service to the nation

Black Americans fought for the freedom of the United States as early as the formation of the country In the Revolutionary war, both slaves and free Blacks fought for the Continental Army when General George Washington lifted the ban on black enlistment in 1776 In the American Civil War, Black Americans continued to face discrimination and continued to serve Even through obstacles of less-equipped, segregated units, and reduced pay, Black Americans led some of the most noteworthy campaigns of the war

Following the Civil War, Black Americans continued to serve through hardships from their fellow troops in wars including the Indian Wars, the Spanish-American War, World War I, and World War II Through these wars, famous Black Units fought bravely and made names for themselves Among these troops are the Buffalo Soldiers who led the across the Great Plains in the Indian Wars, and the Tuskegee Airmen who fought in World War II as the 332d Fighter Group of the US Army Air Corps

In 1948, President Harry Truman ordered the integration and equal opportunity of all troops, however segregation carried on into the Korean War

Today, Black Americans serve in many capacities in the Minnesota National Guard as well as the United States Military Though Black Guardsmen face challenges created by our nation's history, they continually work with all other races in the Guard to ensure that the only colors of the Soldiers and Airmen of our organization are green and blue

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Former Guardsman Continues to Lead, Mentor
02/12/2016

Diversity from within the ranks
02/17/2015

Red Tail Squadron brings story of the Tuskegee Airmen to the Minnesota National Guard
02/10/2015

Civilian dentist and doctor, National Guard general named Black Engineer of the Year
02/09/2015

Minnesota National Guard hosts Martin Luther King, Jr. Day observation
01/10/2015

Army Aviator reflects on Government Shutdown
11/01/2013

Habitat For Humanity Builds Home in Crystal for Woman in Minn. National Guard (video)
10/19/2013

National Guard Soldier observes Ramadan during Annual Training
08/08/2013

Minnesota aviator setting the conditions for success for his children
06/14/2013

Tuskegee Airman, Duluth native monumentalized
06/23/2012

Funeral Services Announced for Spc. Carlos E. Wilcox IV
07/23/2009

Minnesota Military Radio interview with Minnesota's last Tuskegee Airman, Maj. Joe Gomer
5 Feb., 2012

Lt. Col. Williams takes charge of General Studies Battalion
7 May, 2011

Minnesota Military Radio interview with Lt. Col. Hiram Mann, an original Tuskegee Airman
27 Feb., 2011

Maj. Gen. Nash speech transcript

Black History Month Remarks.pdf
6 Feb. 2011

Returning vets of color face unique challenges

5 July, 2010

Minnesota National Guard celebrates Dr. King at MLK Breakfast
18 Jan., 2010

Guard leaders meet with General Colin L. Powell at MLK Breakfast
25 Jan., 2009

Soldiers gain citizenship while serving in Minnesota National Guard
6 Mar., 2008

Lt. James Reese Europe: Black American, Citizen-Soldier, American Hero
Feb., 2008


Liberian left for Iraq an immigrant returns a U.S. citizen
2008

Black History Month video
1 Feb., 2007

Minnesota National Guard Celebrates Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr. Day

15 Jan., 2007

Minnesota National Guard Honors Black History
Photo gallery
2007

Black History Month is Celebrated at the 133rd Airlift Wing podcast
Maj. Theo Williams of the 133rd Medical Group and Master Sgt. Stefeni Heyerdahl of the Mission Support Flight talk about their careers in the Minnesota National Guard.
(Run time 3:28, recorded 7/22/06)

Soldiers pledge allegiance to adopted country
Sep., 2006


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DoD African American History Month

List of Historical Black Colleges/Universities

White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges/Universities

Black History



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Governor Mark Dayton installs new Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General

Posted: 2017-11-04  04:16 PM
TAG installation ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton administered the oath of office to Maj. Gen. Jon A. Jensen, installing him as the Minnesota National Guard's 31st Adjutant General during a ceremony in St. Paul, November 4, 2017.

"General Jensen has been a tremendous leader of the Minnesota National Guard throughout his years of dedicated service," said Governor Dayton. "He has served in two top leadership positions, as the Commanding General of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, and also as the Chief of Staff at the Guard's Joint Force Headquarters. I am confident that he will continue to provide the same outstanding leadership as his predecessor, General Rick Nash."

Jensen most recently served as the Commanding General of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division. He previously held positions as Deputy Commanding General, United States Army Africa and Southern European Task Force, Minnesota National Guard Director of the Joint Staff and Minnesota National Guard Assistant Adjutant General - Army.



Guard Heritage Suffers with Loss of Artillery Unit

Posted: 2017-10-04  11:22 AM
ETAB ANOKA, Minn. - The Minnesota National Guard lost one of its most historically significant units when the 151st Artillery's E Battery, (Target Acquisition) cased its colors in a ceremony at the Anoka High School Aug. 19, 2017.

The Target Acquisition Battery (ETAB), 151st Field Artillery is one of the oldest and most decorated units in the Minnesota National Guard and the 34th Infantry Division. "Both Minnesota and the Division lose the proud lineage that goes back to Civil War days, through WW1 and WW2, and had a significant amount of battle streamers," said 151st Field Artillery Battalion Commander, Lt. Col. Patrick Cornwell.

The 151st Field Artillery draws its lineage from the 1st Regiment, Minnesota Heavy Artillery of 1864 which fought two major campaigns in Tennessee during the Civil War.



In one month: Minnesota Guardsmen support Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria

Posted: 2017-09-29  02:25 PM
Minnesota National Guard ST. PAUL, Minn. - In the span of a few weeks, three major hurricanes hit different parts of the southern United States, causing widespread damage and destruction and requiring the response of agencies around the country. The Minnesota National Guard is one of the many organizations that have responded, sending Soldiers and Airmen to Texas, Florida, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

"This is the most gratifying deployment of my career," said Capt. Jeremy Maxey with the 133rd Airlift Wing who was called back from his vacation early to go to the Virgin Islands. "It means a lot to be able to actually directly help people. It's why I serve. Throughout my career I've deployed numerous times, but this is the one where you actually see the people you serve."

The start of the month brought the first request for assistance. On Sept. 1, two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and 11 personnel from the St. Cloud-based B Company, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 211th Aviation Regiment left for Texas following Hurricane Harvey to transport personnel and equipment in support of response efforts.



Finding fellowship in the sacred mission

Posted: 2017-09-26  12:02 PM
Minnesota National Guard CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - One of the most difficult, most sacred, honorable duties in the military is one that people don't often think about. It takes compassion, empathy, care, and requires great resilience. It is one that when called upon to train for, they hope to rarely perform because it means another Soldier has been lost. It is the duty of casualty notification officer and casualty assistance officer.

About 45 Minnesota Army National Guard Soldiers came to Camp Ripley, Minnesota, on September 21-22, 2017, for a Reset Seminar to find fellowship in one specific thing they have in common: delivering the worst news in the Army.

When a Soldier dies at home or overseas, CNOs and CAOs must notify and help families through the process, including paperwork, benefits, and funeral arrangements.



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