| 34th Red Bull Infantry Division Commanding General Scheduled to Receive Promotion
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
ST PAUL, Minn - Army Brig Gen David J Elicerio is scheduled to be promoted to major general August 7 at an 11 am ceremony at the Rosemount National Guard Armory, Rosemount, Minn
"Brig Gen Elicerio has worked for me in Bosnia, Iraq and Minnesota and his talent as a leader is unsurpassed," said Army Maj Gen Richard C Nash, Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General
Residing in Ham Lake, Elicerio has been a member of the Minnesota National Guard since 1980, said Army Maj Jason K Burley, public affairs officer for the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division Currently, he is the commanding general of more than 10,000 Soldiers in the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division
Elicerio served as the Chief of Joint Military Affairs during the Minnesota National Guard's peace keeping mission to Bosnia in 2003, said Burley In 2005, he commanded the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 34th Infantry Division Before taking command of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, Elicerio served as the Deputy Commander for the division and completed his second tour to Iraq
"This promotion is well-deserved," Nash
MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA ARE INVITED to attend the promotion ceremony Media is invited to arrive 30 minutes prior to the beginning of the ceremony
11 am August 7
Rosemount National Guard Armory
13865 South Robert Trail
Rosemount, Minn 55068
Brig Gen Elicerio bio- http://wwwngmil/ngbgomo/library/bio/1832htm
Brig Gen Elicerio photo-
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FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs at ngmnpublicaffairs@ngarmymil or call 651-282-4410
Camp Ripley earns top environmental award
Posted: 2017-04-26 02:09 PM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - The Department of Defense announced that Camp Ripley was selected as the winner of the Secretary of Defense Environmental Award for Natural Resources Conservation, Large Installation.
The awards recognize individuals, teams and installations for their exceptional environmental achievements and innovative, cost-effective environmental practices.
"The winners' efforts strengthen the Department of Defense's position as a resourceful environmental steward, both at home and abroad, and demonstrate our continued commitment to fulfilling mission needs through advanced environmental practices and technologies," stated James A. MacStravic, performing the duties of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics.
Minnesota Guardsman finds work with victims in the military and the local community rewarding
Posted: 2017-04-26 10:57 AM
COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. - Staff Sgt. Nicquie Neely has been working with victims of sexual assault for four years in the Minnesota National Guard and also volunteers as a victim advocate in the community. As a victim advocate, it's her job to believe and support victims through a difficult process that can often involve extensive medical care and legal proceedings.
"Ever since I joined the Guard and heard about the SHARP program and learned what a victim advocate was, I always wanted to be one," said Neely. "And then I learned that you had to be an E-6 to be in that position, so the minute I got promoted I asked my commander if I could go to the training."
Neely is a combat medic and the full-time training and administration NCO with Company C, 134th Brigade Support Battalion. In addition to military victim advocate training, Neely also attends regular training with the civilian organization she volunteers for - SOS Sexual Violence Services in Ramsey County.
Minnesota National Guard Remembers the Holocaust with Jewish Community Relations Council
Posted: 2017-04-24 10:43 AM
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."
Learning to instruct professionalism and discipline
Posted: 2017-04-19 02:15 PM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - It was a challenging and rewarding two weeks for members attending the Army National Guard Funeral Honors Instructor Course, April 1-14, at Camp Ripley.
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.