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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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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.



Guard Heritage Suffers with Loss of Artillery Unit

Posted: 2017-10-04  11:22 AM
ETAB ANOKA, Minn. - The Minnesota National Guard lost one of its most historically significant units when the 151st Artillery's E Battery, (Target Acquisition) cased its colors in a ceremony at the Anoka High School Aug. 19, 2017.

The Target Acquisition Battery (ETAB), 151st Field Artillery is one of the oldest and most decorated units in the Minnesota National Guard and the 34th Infantry Division. "Both Minnesota and the Division lose the proud lineage that goes back to Civil War days, through WW1 and WW2, and had a significant amount of battle streamers," said 151st Field Artillery Battalion Commander, Lt. Col. Patrick Cornwell.

The 151st Field Artillery draws its lineage from the 1st Regiment, Minnesota Heavy Artillery of 1864 which fought two major campaigns in Tennessee during the Civil War.



In one month: Minnesota Guardsmen support Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria

Posted: 2017-09-29  02:25 PM
Minnesota National Guard ST. PAUL, Minn. - In the span of a few weeks, three major hurricanes hit different parts of the southern United States, causing widespread damage and destruction and requiring the response of agencies around the country. The Minnesota National Guard is one of the many organizations that have responded, sending Soldiers and Airmen to Texas, Florida, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

"This is the most gratifying deployment of my career," said Capt. Jeremy Maxey with the 133rd Airlift Wing who was called back from his vacation early to go to the Virgin Islands. "It means a lot to be able to actually directly help people. It's why I serve. Throughout my career I've deployed numerous times, but this is the one where you actually see the people you serve."

The start of the month brought the first request for assistance. On Sept. 1, two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and 11 personnel from the St. Cloud-based B Company, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 211th Aviation Regiment left for Texas following Hurricane Harvey to transport personnel and equipment in support of response efforts.



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Posted: 2017-09-26  12:02 PM
Minnesota National Guard CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - One of the most difficult, most sacred, honorable duties in the military is one that people don't often think about. It takes compassion, empathy, care, and requires great resilience. It is one that when called upon to train for, they hope to rarely perform because it means another Soldier has been lost. It is the duty of casualty notification officer and casualty assistance officer.

About 45 Minnesota Army National Guard Soldiers came to Camp Ripley, Minnesota, on September 21-22, 2017, for a Reset Seminar to find fellowship in one specific thing they have in common: delivering the worst news in the Army.

When a Soldier dies at home or overseas, CNOs and CAOs must notify and help families through the process, including paperwork, benefits, and funeral arrangements.



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