/*********************************************** * 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
Workshops Help Soldiers Face a Hostile Force: Their Children

by Tom Henderson (Subscribe to Tom Henderson's posts)
May 3rd 2011 4:30PM

Soldiers returning home from war often face another hostile force their own children

Deployment can take a bitter toll on children, resulting in anger and resentment and reflecting in inappropriate and even destructive behavior

Researchers at the University of Minnesota want to make sure brave soldiers remain effective parents, so they're holding a series of workshops to help them identify and respond to specific problems being away from their children can cause

Minnesota Public Radio reports many of the soldiers are among the 2,400 men and women from the Minnesota Army National Guard scheduled to go to Kuwait next month

In the workshops, public radio reports, soldiers learn how their children might become angry and lash out at them and the world in general They practice techniques to deal with that anger rather than returning fire

The program, called ADAPT (After Deployment, Adaptive Parenting Tools), is based on another program called Oregon Parent Management Training

Lead researcher Abi Gewirtz tailored the program to military families

"It's a parenting intervention that has been shown to be very, very effective at supporting parenting in other contexts, so our test is to see whether it works at promoting children's resilience in this context," she tells Minnesota Public Radio

To tell if the program is effective, researchers will work with 400 military families with kids between the ages of 5 and 12 over the next four years Some of the families will learn the new parenting techniques, while the rest will just get resources normally offered to military parents

Researchers will track the families to see if the training is effective

Thad Shunkwiler, a 27-year-old National Guardsman, tells Minnesota Public Radio the classes have already proven helpful for him As a soldier, he is trained not to let emotions interfere with his actions under pressure

"All of your training in the military is to react -- react, react, react, react, react Not respond Not think about it It's to react," Shunkwiler tells public radio

So dealing the children's emotions is whole new battle, he adds

Want to get the latest ParentDish news and advice? Sign up for our newsletter!

Article source

Articles archive

In The News archive

Media Advisory archive

Latest News

Iowa Red Bull takes command of 34th Infantry Division

Posted: 2017-12-13  10:11 AM
Minnesota National Guard JOHNSTON, Iowa - Brig. Gen. Benjamin J. Corell, Deputy Adjutant General of the Iowa National Guard, assumed command of the 34th Infantry Division "Red Bulls" during a ceremony in Rosemount, Minnesota, on December 9, 2017.

Headquartered in Minnesota, the division has been commanded almost-exclusively by members of the Minnesota National Guard since 1968.

"Typically there's been very few people who have been allowed to command the 34th Infantry Division that didn't come from the state of Minnesota," Corell said.

Minnesota-based aviation unit honors storied division, enters into new, 'expeditionary' era

Posted: 2017-12-12  11:29 AM
Minnesota National Guard ST. PAUL, Minn. - Soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade (ECAB), who recently celebrated a year full of achievements, have embraced a new name: Red Devils.

The St. Paul-based unit hosted its annual aviation brigade ball Dec. 9, at the Envision Event Center in Oakdale, Minnesota, where the unit's new logo was unveiled.

Soldiers of the 34th ECAB, which falls under and supports the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, will continue to wear the Red Bull insignia on their uniforms. However, they will now be known and referred to as the Red Devils, a name that pays homage to the division's historical accomplishments and fierce warfighting.

Minnesota Nice Extends to Puerto Rico

Posted: 2017-12-08  12:08 PM
Minnesota National Guard CAMP SANTIAGO, Puerto Rico - It has been more than two months since Hurricane Maria stuck Puerto Rico, leaving a trail of disaster behind it. The island was in dire need of some extra help. More than 230 Air National Guardsmen from 29 states have been deployed to the island and are helping in any way they can.

Eleven of those Airmen are from the Minnesota National Guard's 148th Fighter Wing out of Duluth, Minn. and the 133rd Airlift Wing out of St. Paul, Minn., are no exception in their desire to lend a helping hand. They have been at Camp Santiago, Puerto Rico, since before Thanksgiving and will leave around mid-December. Their mission is to feed military and civilian hurricane relief workers, giving them the much-needed fuel to complete their mission throughout the day.

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.

Article archive