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Beyond the Yellow Ribbon shows deployed Soldiers how to come all the way home

In "Twilight of the Idols" Friedrich Nietzsche said "If we have our own why in life, we shall get along with almost any how"

Deployment Cycle Support (DCS), a component of the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program, helps provide the "how" for Soldiers of the 34th Infantry Division

DCS held a one-year reintegration event for the Soldiers of the 34th Infantry Division that were mobilized in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from Feb 2009 to Feb 2010 at the Inver Hills Community College July 22

"Everybody's life changes a little bit after they complete a deployment," said Lt Col Matt Vatter, 34th Infantry Division Headquarters Battalion commander, "and what we're trying to do today is address some of the issues and some of the challenges that the Soldiers and their families might be facing at this stage in returning from war"



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Before arriving at the event, all Service members were surveyed by DCS to determine the issues still facing the Soldiers as they continue to reintegrate into society a year later The survey, done months before the reintegration event, helped DCS reach out to working professionals to provide an expert in the areas of concern at the event

Over 15 service providers were at the 34th Infantry Division's one-year reintegration event Classes offered ranged from a couples check-up to initial resume writing

"A high area of concern the Soldiers are facing is unemployment; we hope this event refreshes their tool kit of resources and helps them in the job market where they are going up against individuals that have been preparing a whole year while they were overseas," commented Maj Aaron Krenz, DCS chief

"In essence, what I would like, is to have all of our Soldiers walk away this weekend with an action plan that works for them," said Vatter "Something that helps them to take that next step forward in their lives "¦ that they can be more successful in the job market if employment is an issue for them"

If Nietzsche were alive perhaps he would have approved of the dedication and insight taken reintegrating our modern Service members and helping them find the "how"

Story and photos by Spc Trisha Betz
1st Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
22 July, 2011





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Minnesota National Guard Remembers the Holocaust with Jewish Community Relations Council

Posted: 2017-04-24  10:43 AM
Holocaust Museum 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."



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Posted: 2017-04-19  02:15 PM
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Soldiers of National Guard units from all over the United States took part in the course designed to educate team leaders in a variety of funeral honor detail tasks, traditions and responsibilities.

"It's a stressful course, but for our job, we have to be prepared to do our job under stress; and we all really benefitted from that," said Class Honor Grad, Sgt. Ryan Valline of the 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry.



Chaplains support Muslim Soldiers by finding common ground

Posted: 2017-04-18  01:42 PM
Chaplain Shabazz ROSEMOUNT, Minn. - The Soldiers of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division had a unique opportunity to speak with one of the U.S. Army's five Muslim chaplains April 7-10, 2017. U.S. Army Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Khallid Shabazz, I Corps deputy command chaplain, travelled from Fort Lewis, Washington, to Minnesota to provide professional development for the division chaplain section.

"Soldiers perform at a higher level when they are spiritually fit," said Minnesota National Guard Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Buddy Winn, the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division command chaplain. "And, it's our job as chaplains to make sure Soldiers have their spiritual needs met, regardless of faith. Having Chaplain Shabazz here as a Muslim Chaplain provides the diversity in religious background that we can't provide internally."

There are five major religions supported by the chaplaincy: Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist, but over 200 religions are recognized. Chaplains can only perform services for their particular religion, but they can provide support for all Soldiers, regardless of their faith.



Howling with pride - Minnesota Service members honored by MN Timberwolves

Posted: 2017-04-14  04:25 PM
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"We are very appreciative for what the military does for us, and we wanted to give something back to honor the military," said Roger McCabe, who along with wife, Nancy, is a driving force behind the recognitions through the FastBreak Foundation and Roger & Nancy McCabe Foundation. "This is our way of doing it."

Having lived through the Vietnam War - and with Roger and Nancy both having parents who served - the two philanthropists decided a few years back to build upon existing recognition efforts already underway by the Timberwolves. And with that, recognitions that were typically happening at Target Center in November expanded to include Minnesota Service members from all branches at every home game - a total of 41 honorees per season.



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