/*********************************************** * Chrome CSS Drop Down Menu- (c) Dynamic Drive DHTML code library (www.dynamicdrive.com) * This notice MUST stay intact for legal use * Visit Dynamic Drive at http://www.dynamicdrive.com/ for full source code ***********************************************/
Minnesota National Guard
Yellow Ribbon Volunteer recognized at Twins game

When Beyond the Yellow Ribbon announced the nomination period for Yellow Ribbon volunteers in early April, Washington County Attorney Pete Orput's name was almost immediately submitted As such, he was the first Yellow Ribbon volunteer selected for recognition by the Minnesota Twins during the 2011 season For his outstanding volunteer efforts, Orput was given four tickets to the April 28 game at Target Field

He brought along three of his good friends and colleagues and was recognized at home plate during the pregame ceremonies

"This was my first time at Target Field," Orput said, "and here I am walking by the Twins dugout"

One nomination came from Stillwater council member Mike Pohlena, who attended the game with Orput

Download photos
"During flood preparations, he brought the entire Washington County Attorney's Office to help fill sandbags," Pohlena said "He does a lot, period"

Last summer Orput and his wife, Tami, helped with a Yellow Ribbon Network golf fundraiser, and he remains an active committee member in the Stillwater and Hugo Yellow Ribbon Networks

Additionally, the former Marine and Vietnam veteran is dedicated to helping the Hugo American Legion on every 3rd Wednesday of each month during their Build-A-Burger night, which raises money to sustain the Yellow Ribbon Network Orput was on the ground floor of establishing a veteran's court in Hennepin County, and is now working on getting one started in Washington County

The volunteer work Orput does is fueled by his passion to help other returning veterans transition all the way home He's quick to reach out to Service members and military families in need, and goes out of his way to assist veterans in all walks of life

"These guys returning, they're the ones struggling," Orput said

In addition to Pohlena, Orput brought Hugo Yellow Ribbon leader and city council member Chuck Haas and Vietnam veteran Johnnie Johnsen All four deserved the recognition as active volunteers in the Washington County Yellow Ribbon Networks

"I do my part," Orput said, "but these guys are true volunteers"

Showing their commitment to Service members and their families, the Minnesota Twins are recognizing individuals that make Beyond the Yellow Ribbon a success throughout the 2011 season The second nomination period for Yellow Ribbon volunteers opened on May 2

This time around Beyond the Yellow Ribbon will be looking for outstanding Yellow Ribbon Network mothers, in honor of Mother's Day To nominate a deserving volunteer, visit wwwBeyondTheYellowRibbonorg

By Sgt Patrick Loch
Beyond The Yellow Ribbon
28 April, 2011

Articles archive

In The News archive

Media Advisory archive

Latest News

Minnesota Guardsmen learn survival skills, train with Norwegian counterparts

Posted: 2018-07-03  01:36 PM
NOREX 45 Over the course of 10 days, 100 Soldiers and Airmen from the Minnesota National Guard who traveled to Norway June 17-26, 2018, for the 45th Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange learned valuable survival skills and shared their knowledge with members of the Norwegian Home Guard. This year's exchange was the second to take place during the summer months in the history of the longest-running military partnership between two nations.

"It was a great experience for both the Minnesota National Guard and the Norwegian Home Guard," said Capt. 'Kiwi' HorgA�ien, the senior Norwegian instructor. "A cultural exchange, a social exchange and military exchange all packed into one."

The 45th exchange got off to a late start, with flight delays causing the trip to be shortened from its normal length of two weeks. The delay meant that the Minnesota Guardsmen jumped right into training, heading out to the field after just a few hours of sleep.

133rd Airlift Wing Emphasizes Combat Readiness Training

Posted: 2018-06-29  10:48 AM
Alpena ALPENA, Michigan - Approximately 300 U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 133rd Airlift Wing participated in a readiness exercise at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Alpena, Mich.

The exercise, tagged as Iron Ore, was designed test the Airmen abilities to set up operations at an unfamiliar location and receive in depth training on Ability-To-Survive and Operate (ATSO) principles while supporting airlift and aeromedical flight operations.

To ensure mission success and readiness, Airmen had to complete training at home station prior to leaving for Alpena. Some of this training included weapons qualification, gas mask fit testing, Mission Oriented Protective Posture (MOPP) familiarization, self-aid and buddy care and career field training.

Red Bulls Kickoff Division Warfighter

Posted: 2018-06-13  01:38 PM
DIV WFX CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. - "A Warfighter is an exercise that allows the Division to evaluate their ability to maneuver assets in a battle," said Master Sgt. Greg Weaver, the Operations Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge for the Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion. "It is designed to focus on particular areas and specific objectives to be evaluated or tested."

The Division has geared its' planning and training efforts in preparation for Warfighter since July 2017. Coordinating transportation for Soldiers and equipment was often on the mind of Maj. David Johansson, the logistics officer for the 34th ID. With the coordination of Johansson and his team, troops and equipment all converged on Camp Atterbury, enlisting the help of 89 railcars, 280 tractor-trailers, and nearly 50 buses for the movement.

"I like to say my job is to 'quiet the noise'". Johansson continued, "The noise being a real life logistical problem that could impede the exercise."

Minnesota-based aviation unit takes part in Warfighter Exercise

Posted: 2018-06-08  11:59 AM
34ECAB WFX CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. - More than 150 Soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade are here participating in a multi-echelon training event, Warfighter Exercise 18-5, May 30 to June 15.

The exercise, which is part live and part virtual, is testing the St. Paul, Minnesota-based aviation unit's ability to conduct operations and mission command in a high-intensity, complex operating environment. Soldiers are being challenged to take decisive action as they focus on air-ground operations -- or synchronizing and integrating aviation operations into the scheme of maneuver planned and conducted by forces on the ground.

In this case, the units on the ground are being commanded by the Rosemount, Minnesota-based 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, which is also participating in the exercise.

Article archive