| The Minnesota National Guard Celebrates Women's History Month
The Minnesota National Guard honors its women in uniform as part of Women's History Month. Women in the Minnesota National Guard have contributed greatly to the success of missions over the years. From the beginning of women's entry into the military, through the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps in 1941, to the full integration of women into the National Guard, women have continually met and exceeded standards and helped shape the mold of modern-day Minnesota National Guard Soldiers and Airmen. Many women worked through stereotypes in everything from training to uniforms to operations, and paved the way for the current role of women in the Guard.
Through the years, women continually made the same sacrifices that men made. They made these sacrifices not only with aspirations of earning an equal status with men, but more importantly, with the goal of completing all missions with a standard of excellence. Today, women's roles are still being reviewed and expanded. Changes are continuing to occur for women in the military and they will continue to make huge strides towards equality on the home front and in combat.
In total, more than 2.5 million women have served in defense of our nation since its beginning over 230 years ago. Presently, women continue to be a vital component in the military. With 1,971 in the Minnesota National Guard, women account for 17.2% of the Minnesota Air Guard and 15.1% of the Minnesota Army Guard. The Minnesota National Guard recognizes Women's History Month in recognition for the more than 405,600 Active Duty, Guard and Reserve women who serve today around the globe--professional, capable women leaders--who are making a difference for themselves, their communities, the nation and the world.
Women in Combat Units
The Department of Defense announced several policy changes in 2013 regarding women who serve in the military, including rescinding the Ground Combat Exclusion Rule which prevented women from being assigned to combat units below the brigade level. The Minnesota National Guard's 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team volunteered to be one of the test brigades to incorporate women into positions within units at the headquarters level of combat arms battalions that were previously unavailable to them.
This process does not involve opening prohibited specialties up to women, but rather enabling women to serve in jobs that are already available to both genders in units that once did not allow females. This effort is part of a larger, phased implementation plan to remove gender-based barriers to service in all of the armed forces.
At the direction of the National Guard Bureau, mid-grade females in the officer and enlisted ranks were considered first to begin the transition. Prior to implementation, the Minnesota National Guard asked for volunteers to consider either moving into positions that were already vacant or exchanging positions where the move benefited Soldiers of each gender. Future vacancies will be filled through the Enlisted Promotion System, allowing the best-qualified individual - male or female - to be considered for the position.
The units involved in this process received specific training prior to personnel assignments taking place. The training addressed equal opportunity, sexual harassment and sexual assault response and prevention to prepare for the transition.
Nationally, formerly male-only specialties in combat engineering will be available for women in summer 2014; and field artillery, armor and infantry jobs are expected to be open to females in summer 2015. Full gender-neutral availability is anticipated by 2016.
Minnesota National Guard encourages female career growth and development through symposium
The Minnesota National Guard hosts its first Joint Female Professional Development Training Symposium
334th Brigade Engineer Battalion Celebrates Women's History
Minnesota National Guard works to expand female inclusion opportunities
Diversity from within the ranks
Minnesota National Guard Senior Enlisted Advisor position changes hands
First Female Takes Command of Previously All-Male Unit
Minnesota National Guard Hosts Women's Equality Event
Steak send-off for deploying troops
Minnesota National Guard promotes career development for females
Minnesota Guardsman takes pride in her cultural heritage
Minnesota National Guard female leaders speak about helping military families, working and raising children
Milaca girl soldier inspires students
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Operation Agriculture: Minnesota Guard assists Afghan farmers
Aspiring pilot gets first-hand look at military aviation
Lt. Tara Robertson - A Story of Service
Women in combat: Minnesota National Guard helps pave the way
Serving Her Community And Country
Zabul Agri-business Development Team assists in opening of slaughterhouse in Afghanistan
Women help carry VFW's torch as older vets pass away
Army combatives tourney offers arena for gender-equality fight
Twins show appreciation for Armed Forces with annual game celebration
Women Vets honored at golf tournament
Honoring Our Women Veterans (video)
Gov. Dayton is scheduled to proclaim June 18 as Minnesota Women Veterans Day
Female competitor trains for All Army combatives tournament
Awards pile up for local female guard member
March's Veteran Of The Month: Capt. Andrea Bond
Minnesota military wives meet Army Wivesť
Minnesota Army wives win trip to Army Wives studio
Kallberg assumes responsibility as first female Senior Enlisted Advisor
Women Veterans Group Changes a Paradigm
Minnesota Guard awarded for Excellence in Sexual Assault Response
Go Home can be toughest order
NGB Command Chief Master Sgt. Denise Jelinski-Hall visits the 148th Fighter Wing
Struggling to serve women vets
Military Women- from Boot Camp to Veteran
North Hudson woman has busy life as civilian and soldier
New Senior Enlisted Leader Brings Passion for National Guard to Position
Women Veterans of Minnesota
65 years later female WWII test pilots finally recognized
Betty Strohfus: A Tale of Love at First Flight
Mothers Day in Iraq; When Mommy wears combat boots
For this Minnesota family, love is a battlefield
The Face of Today's National Guard
Parents on the front lines
We're Pilots-No Problem
Sadar City from a Minnesota Woman's Helicopter
Women take to the skies on Christmas
Hermantown woman to become command chief of the 148th Fighter Wing
From Soldier to Stylist: Woman Relishes Return to Civilian Life
Fellow Soldiers Respect Woman Who Can Do Job
Celebrating Mother's Day With A Child In Iraq
Minnesota National Guard women deploy
Women's History Month honored in the Minnesota Guard
Race for the Cure raises $15,500 for breast cancer research
Guard wives bond remains as strong as ever
A Mom on a Mission for Mothers Day
Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS)
Federally Employed Women
National Women's History Project
U.S. Department of Labor: Women's Bureau
U.S. Office of Personnel Management: Women in the Federal Government
Women's Military Service Memorial
Women's Leadership Training Forum, April 2005.pdf
Minnesota National Guard and central Minnesota communities honor Memorial Day together
Posted: 2015-05-22 11:44 AM
CAMP RIPLEY - Garrison staff of Camp Ripley and other members of the Minnesota National Guard will take part in events this weekend honoring those who died in service to the United States.
"As members of the local community, we are honored to participate in Memorial Day events," said Lt. Col. Chad Sackett, deputy garrison commander at Camp Ripley. "It is right and fitting that we recognize and honor the service and sacrifice of those who died in service to our nation."
Minnesota National Guard members are speaking at events throughout the Memorial Day weekend. For those interested in attending a Memorial Day ceremony, here are a few of the listings for central Minnesota:
Fort Hood shooting victim's family receives posthumous Purple Heart medal
Posted: 2015-05-22 08:00 AM
ST. PAUL, Minn. - More than five years after Pfc. Kham See Xiong lost his life in a mass shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, the Xiong family received his Purple Heart in a Ceremony during Hmong American Day in St. Paul, Minn.
"Kham was an American Solider, a Hmong-American who raised his right hand and swore to defend the constitution of the United States, a Hero," said keynote speaker Brig. Gen. Kent D. Savre, Fort Leonard Wood commanding general. Savre served as commander of the 36th Engineer Brigade at Fort Hood during the attack.
Four hundred members of the Hmong and St. Paul community crowded into the Harriet Island Pavilion as rain fell, May 14, 2015, to witness the Purple Heart Ceremony.
148th Fighter Wing Excels at Combat Hammer
Posted: 2015-05-21 03:44 PM
HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah - Approximately 180 Airmen and Block 50 F-16's from the 148th Fighter Wing, Duluth, Minn. participated in an exercise known as Combat Hammer while at Hill AFB, Utah in early May 2015. Combat Hammer is a Weapons System Evaluation Program (WSEP) that evaluates weapon systems in their entirety.
While the exercise was about a week long for most 148FW Airmen, it was quite a bit longer for those Airmen actually building the bombs and missiles. "Typically, we are one of the first assets to show up at a deployment," said 2nd Lt. Mylii Pukema, 148FW Munitions Officer. "We show up about a week before most everyone else, so we can build up the weapons and have them ready when the jets arrive."
"It's a common misconception that weapons come already built," said Pukema. "Different weapons have different levels of configuration that have to happen. It can be a lot of detail that goes into configuring a weapon or it can be relatively simple, it just depends on the mission."
148FW Munition's Airmen were evaluated from the time the weapon came out of the box. How they practiced safety and followed tech data during the building of the weapon were key components to the evaluation process.
Red Bulls Welcome New Command Sergeant Major
Posted: 2015-05-17 10:38 AM
ROSEMOUNT, Minn. - Soldiers and family members of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division gathered at the division headquarters Sunday, May 17, 2015 to witness the change of responsibility of the Division command sergeant major.
"We are here to say thank you and farewell to Command Sgt. Maj. Joel Arnold and welcome Command Sgt. Maj. John Lepowsky as the new command sergeant major of the 34th Infantry Division," said Brig. Gen. Benjamin Corell, assistant division commander of maneuver.
According to General Baron Friedrich von Steuben, inspector general of the Continental Army in 1779, "The choice of non-commissioned officers is an object of greatest importance: The order and discipline of a regiment depends so much on their behavior, that too much care cannot be taken in preferring none to that trust but those who by their merit and good conduct are entitled to it."