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Minnesota National Guard
Kline's Yellow Ribbon legislation fully funded in 2012 National Defense Bill


Washington, DC – Minnesota’s Second District Congressman John Kline ensured legislation making the Minnesota National Guard’s “Beyond the Yellow Ribbon” reintegration program available to units nationwide was fully funded in the national defense bill that received near unanimous approval this morning from the House Armed Services Committee

The National Defense Authorization Act for FY-2012 passed 60-1 in the Armed Services Committee

“Developed by the Minnesota National Guard, the ‘Beyond the Yellow Ribbon’ program prepares combat veterans and their families for a safe, healthy, and successful reintegration,” Kline said “This program represents the best practices of Minnesota and other states and territories that are providing reintegration services I look forward to working with Sec Gates to ensure we leverage the success of the Yellow Ribbon program to provide the best care possible for our National Guard and Reserve soldiers”

The Yellow Ribbon reintegration program’s inclusion in the 2012 national defense bill comes just days before thousands of Minnesota Guard members are set to deploy to the Middle East In its second-largest deployment since World War II, the Minnesota Guard will send 2,400 troops – the famed “Red Bulls” – to Kuwait and Iraq for “Operation New Dawn,” the final phase of “Iraqi Freedom” The Red Bulls will provide security in Kuwait and escort convoys in and out of Iraq as the 50,000 US forces in Iraq draw down and depart the region

“For many of Minnesota’s Red Bulls, this marks the second time in as many years that they have been deployed to assist the critical mission in Iraq,” said Kline, a 25-year veteran of the Marine Corps “Their experience and sacrifice to date give us great confidence in their ability to successfully – and, God willing, safely – execute their critical mission During these challenging economic times, it is more important than ever to pull together as a community to ensure all of our troops receive the support and assistance they need when they return home to their families, their communities, and their jobs”

The Yellow Ribbon initiative is a unique combat veteran reintegration program focused on supporting soldiers and their families throughout the entire deployment cycle

This multifaceted program includes Family Reintegration Academies with workshops to help prepare family members for their soldier’s return and training events at 30-day, 60-day, and 90-day intervals for soldiers following their demobilization

Last year, Kline offered legislation to the NDAA that made improvements to the Yellow Ribbon program ensuring veterans don’t fall through the administrative cracks; increasing awareness among communities and local organizations; promoting a greater emphasis on families; and encouraging families to participate in reintegration programs

In his fifth term in Congress, Congressman Kline serves on the House Armed Services Committee He also serves as the Chairman of the Education and the Workforce Committee

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Month of the Military Child recognizes contributions of military kids

Posted: 2018-04-07  01:54 PM
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April 7, 2018

ST. PAUL, Minn.- The month of April is designated as the Month of the Military Child to recognize the contributions and sacrifices military children make so their family members can serve. An estimated 15,000 children in Minnesota have been affected by the deployment of a parent.

"Military children bear a lot while their family members serve," said Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen, Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard. "It is up to us to support these resilient kids and help to lessen their burden."

An event to honor military kids in Minnesota will take place April 13, 2018, at the Mall of America rotunda from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Activities will include appearances by the Teddy Bear Band and meet and greets with Nickelodeon characters.

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Posted: 2018-03-16  08:45 AM
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Minnesota Guardsman Receives Award for Combating Drugs in his Community

Posted: 2018-03-09  03:13 PM
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Through a partnership with Minnesota law enforcement agencies throughout the state, the Minnesota National Guard Counterdrug Task Force (MNCDTF) supports the anti-drug initiatives to counter all primary drug threats and vulnerabilities through the effective application of available assets, said Maj. Jon Dotterer, Counterdrug Coordinator for the State of Minnesota. The goal for the program is to support federal, state, tribal, and local agencies in the detection, disruption, interdiction, and curtailment of illicit drugs.

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Posted: 2018-03-08  09:05 AM
Minnesota National Guard ST. PAUL, Minn. - "The battlefront is no place for women to be," said Command Sgt. Maj. Earl Kurtzweg, 125th Field Artillery, in an article published in 1976. "There are certain jobs girls say they can do, but they just can't do ... the battlefront is no place for women to be. Other countries in the world use women in combat, but the U.S. has not come around to that way of thinking." Kathy Berg, a New Ulm reporter summarized at the time. "So women in the New Ulm unit take care of personnel files and pay records and leave the fighting to the men."

The Minnesota National Guard has "come around to that way of thinking" since those early days of gender integration. In the last 44 years women have made momentous strides toward inclusion and acceptance. Their accomplishments are testimony to their fortitude and the progressive development of the Minnesota National Guard.

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