| 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 works to expand female inclusion opportunities
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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
Women's Military Service Memorial
National Women's History Project
Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS)
Federally Employed Women
U.S. Department of Labor: Women's Bureau
U.S. Office of Personnel Management: Women in the Federal Government
Train as you fight
Posted: 2015-03-05 09:18 AM
CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait- Staff Sgt. Cameron Gilliam is constantly moving--before, during and after a fight. His opponents usually stand in their corner, maybe move their arms and jump a little bit, but nothing like Gilliam. He paces back and forth at about a five-foot space near his corner. Only when the referee looks at him to begin the fight does he shuffle his feet. After the fight begins, he closes in on his opponent. They exchange a few jabs, some landing while others hit air. Then Gilliam goes in for a takedown. He wrestles his opponent to the ground, focusing more on achieving a good choke position than landing punches. His opponent focuses on punching Gilliam wherever his fist can land. His opponent tries to stand up, but he'll always land back on the ground. Eventually--whether it is one, two or three rounds in--Gilliam submits his opponent when he's most vulnerable.
Gilliam, a Woodbury, Minnesota, native and information technologist noncommissioned officer with the 34th Combat Aviation Brigade deployed to Camp Buehring, Kuwait, has been training in mixed martial arts for the past four years at Spartan Martial-Arts in Oakdale, Minnesota. Gilliam wrestled at Woodbury high school, but he never planned to start MMA.
Minnesota Guardsman overcomes severe injury with positive attitude, hard work
Posted: 2015-03-04 09:39 AM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn.- A little more than a year after Chief Warrant Officer 2 James Houdek was severely injured in a farming accident near his Little Falls, Minn., home, he is back to work with the Minnesota National Guard and adapting to life with a prosthetic.
"When I came out of the first surgery, they were telling me that they were hoping that within a year I would be able to hold a pen," said Houdek. "Since then I've come a lot further, a lot more than what they had thought."
On Nov. 12, 2013, Houdek took a day off from his full-time job as a wage leader at Camp Ripley's Consolidated Maintenance Activity - South to harvest corn on his 60-acre hobby farm. Halfway through, he stopped to check on his machinery, leaving the tractor running. When he went to clear some corn out of the husking bin of the picker, his right arm was pulled into the shaft. As he was trying to pull his right hand out, his left hand got caught in another shaft, trapping both his arms in the machine.
Norwegian Home Guard gets inter-agency training
Posted: 2015-02-25 03:15 PM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn.- Soldiers of the Norwegian Home Guard conducted inter-agency training with state and local law enforcement, Feb. 12-23, 2015, at Camp Ripley.
"The training conducted by the Norwegian Rapid Reaction Force, or RRF, is based on the National Guard's focus of inter-agency cooperation in time of need," said Lt. Col. Bryce Erickson of the Minnesota National Guard.
The training was organized as part of the American-Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange; which is in its 42nd consecutive year between the Minnesota National Guard and the Norwegian Home Guard.
Minnesota, Norwegian service members retrace a successful mission, remember the terrible cost
Posted: 2015-02-24 10:14 AM
SNAASA, Norway- Airmen and Soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard participating in the 42nd American - Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange (NOREX) retraced the steps of U.S. and Norwegian special operators 70 years ago who, during the final months of World War II, waged a successful sabotage campaign against German forces occupying Norway.
The U.S. Service members, along with their Norwegian counterparts, completed a 12-mile trek on skis through mountainous terrain, as well as a reconnaissance of the Jorstad bridge and simulated demolition using signal flares. The field training exercise concluded, February 19, 2015, with a ceremony in honor of those who destroyed the bridge to stop the movement of German troops through Norway and a wreath-laying in memory of the 80 people who perished, January 13, 1945, when a train derailed into the icy water several hours after the demolition.