| Cathedral of St. Paul holds Mass for Troops
The Cathedral of Saint Paul, in St Paul, Minn held an open denomination mass for families of deploying service members and the public On Saturday evening all troops were given the opportunity to come inside and be blessed by the beautiful dÃ©cor and hear the sermon within
One of the many families in attendance at the mass were the members of the Hoffman family
"We loved the service today," Maj Bruce Hoffman who attended with his wife and two young daughters, dressed in darling pink Easter dresses, hugging on his arms
"It was a wonderful service, it was very special to see that the bishop could come," said Hoffman's wife
Twelve members of the Eustice family, all with matching bright red personalized tee-shirts in support of their Soldiers, attended the mass The family has three members deploying with the 1/34th Brigade Combat Team, a private first class, a sergeant and a command sergeant major The two brothers and their father will be a part of the 2,400 troops mobilized in support of Operation New Dawn
"I thought it was nice that they did that," Pfc John Eustice, who is one the brothers of the three deploying service members from the Eustice family deploying soon to Kuwait and Iraq
"I thought it was very well," said a sister of the deploying brothers "It was so nice to see the support from the church and it was nice to have that when they were going to deploy"
The mass offered words of encouragement and blessings for all denominations in attendance during the sermon, as well as gifts that were offered at the end of mass to the troops in attendance One token included a dog tag with the "˜shield of strength' on one side and a Red Bull insignia on the other, something many enjoyed receiving
"It was nice to see the bishop presiding over the mass in this beautiful building," said 1st Lt Jeremy Pedersen, Chaplin of the 2-135th Infantry ""¦ it was very spiritually uplifting"
Soldiers from the 1/34th Brigade Combat Team will leave this summer and be stationed primarily in Kuwait They will be responsible for providing base management, security, securing ground convoys to and from Iraq The Brigade is expected to return early summer of 2012
April 9th, 2011
By Staff Sgt Lynette Hoke
1st Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
Officers convene for 112th Meeting of the National Guard Association of Minnesota
Posted: 2017-04-28 12:38 PM
MANKATO, Minn. - Commissioned leaders of the Minnesota National Guard convened for the 112th General Conference of the National Guard Association of Minnesota at the Verizon Wireless Center and Hilton Garden Inn, Mankato, on April 22, 2017.
The annual gathering of association members - who serve as advocates for the needs of Soldiers, Airmen and their families - includes a business meeting, commanders march, formal dining event and transfer of responsibility to the chapter's new president.
The day's event began with a business meeting, which focused on the association's mission of educating and informing legislators on the issues facing the current and future role of the National Guard in serving Minnesota communities. The strategic planning meeting was attended by Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Richard Nash, his staff and unit commanders.
Camp Ripley earns top environmental award
Posted: 2017-04-26 02:09 PM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - The Department of Defense announced that Camp Ripley was selected as the winner of the Secretary of Defense Environmental Award for Natural Resources Conservation, Large Installation.
The awards recognize individuals, teams and installations for their exceptional environmental achievements and innovative, cost-effective environmental practices.
"The winners' efforts strengthen the Department of Defense's position as a resourceful environmental steward, both at home and abroad, and demonstrate our continued commitment to fulfilling mission needs through advanced environmental practices and technologies," stated James A. MacStravic, performing the duties of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics.
Minnesota Guardsman finds work with victims in the military and the local community rewarding
Posted: 2017-04-26 10:57 AM
COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. - Staff Sgt. Nicquie Neely has been working with victims of sexual assault for four years in the Minnesota National Guard and also volunteers as a victim advocate in the community. As a victim advocate, it's her job to believe and support victims through a difficult process that can often involve extensive medical care and legal proceedings.
"Ever since I joined the Guard and heard about the SHARP program and learned what a victim advocate was, I always wanted to be one," said Neely. "And then I learned that you had to be an E-6 to be in that position, so the minute I got promoted I asked my commander if I could go to the training."
Neely is a combat medic and the full-time training and administration NCO with Company C, 134th Brigade Support Battalion. In addition to military victim advocate training, Neely also attends regular training with the civilian organization she volunteers for - SOS Sexual Violence Services in Ramsey County.
Minnesota National Guard Remembers the Holocaust with Jewish Community Relations Council
Posted: 2017-04-24 10:43 AM
Washington - Members of the Minnesota National Guard and the Air Force Reserve traveled to Washington D.C. with the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (also known as the JCRC), to visit the Holocaust Museum, April 4, 2017, to honor the victims of the Holocaust. Also, traveling with this group were St. Paul and Minneapolis police officers along with students from various high schools around the state. For those in uniform that day, it was an opportunity to see, hear and experience the stories of victims and survivors of the Holocaust.
Each Service member who attended was asked to bring back a summary of their experience in the form of a presentation, professional discussion or briefing to their respective unit in order to help other Guard members better understand and remember that horrible event, to honor the courage of the victims and survivors, and to remain vigilant as members of the U.S. military.
"The honor and privilege of accompanying members of the Minnesota National Guard to the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. met so many goals," said Steve Hunegs, the executive director of the JCRC. "I wanted to reinforce the importance of the commitment of the U.S. military to democracy. After all, it was the Allies that defeated Nazi Germany and ultimately put an end to the Holocaust."