/*********************************************** * 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
Chaplain's second calling

Posted On: Tuesday, Aug 9 2011 02:00 PM
By Amanda Kim Stairrett
Fort Hood Herald

Journalist Jane Pauley was at Fort Hood last week to interview Capt Richard Rittmaster, a chaplain in the 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, as part of her series, "Your Life Calling Today"

The series airs once a month on NBC's "Today" show, and features men and women 50 and older who "have committed themselves to doing something purposeful with the so-called second stage of their life, and in so doing can inspire others to pursue their dreams," according to information from the network

Rittmaster, a former airman, turned pastor, turned Army chaplain, was mobilized in January and sent to the brigade from the Minnesota National Guard

Rittmaster said he's thoroughly enjoyed his time at Fort Hood so far, describing it as "rich"

"Not easy, but rich," he added

Pauley is a veteran television journalist and Emmy Award winner who worked for the "Today" show and "Dateline NBC" for 25 years Her latest project is produced in part through support from AARP, formerly known as the American Association of Retired Persons

"Every minute, eight Americans turn 50 years old," read information from the organization's website "As their work lives and personal responsibilities change, more and more of these still-fit, still-energized boomers are thinking, 'What's next?'"

The idea of the series is to make being 50 years "aspirational-making," Pauley said Thursday, during her visit to Fort Hood The show is less about dreams coming true, but inspiration It always includes a reality check, she added

Those featured on the show vary from professionals who quit lucrative, high-stress careers to do anything from knitting to landscaping to making chocolate, Pauley said It's not only about following hopes and dreams, but helping people realize Americans are better educated and working and living longer The economy also is affecting this shift, with retirements disappearing, Pauley said

Rittmaster joined the Air Force in the 1980s and was a crew member on a KC-135 Stratotanker, an aerial refueler He got out to raise his family, he said

He thought about becoming a pastor and decided to attend seminary after life in the Air Force

"It's just something I needed to do," he said

Rittmaster led a parish for 15 years and in that time earned a master's degree in counseling Counseling was something he was always good at and enjoyed, but he got burned out on the administrative work and business of running a church, he said

While serving as a parish pastor, he worked with veterans and knew, when the chance to become an Army chaplain arose, it was the life for him Rittmaster was 49 when he first put on an Army uniform

"I just did it," he said "This is what I'm supposed to do It's important to me"

Rittmaster deployed in 2009 to Iraq with the 34th Infantry Division It was an intense, rich time for him, he said He specializes as a family life chaplain, and worked with soldiers and chaplains all over southern Iraq

Rittmaster said he got such a sense of accomplishment from his deployment and it was a tremendous opportunity just to be part of it and the soldiers' lives

Rittmaster was reluctant to participate in "Your Life Calling Today" because he wasn't keen on stepping into the spotlight, he said He hopes that people see the episode, which is set to air Sept 13, and learn how important a chaplain is in combat operations and in the Army culture He also wants people to know that it's never too late to start something one loves to do

Rittmaster's is the 17th story Pauley has told for the show and the second member of the military featured The first was a retired general who went on to a successful career in the public school system

Read more about "Your Life Calling" at wwwaarporg/jane

Article source

Articles archive

In The News archive

Media Advisory archive

Latest News

Forging a path to career success

Posted: 2018-03-16  08:45 AM
Col. Angela Steward-Randle ST. PAUL, Minn. - Col. Angela Steward-Randle grew up in a military family - her father served in the Army on active duty - but it was a chance encounter with a friend at college that led her to want to make the military a career.

"My story is no different than many others," Steward-Randle, the Director of Human Resources, Manpower and Personnel for the Minnesota National Guard said. "I was in college and looking for financial resources to help pay for it."

Her college friend suggested they attend a summer training with the Reserve Officer Training Corps that had no obligation and could earn them some money. The friend never ended up going, but Steward-Randle did. After earning recognition as the top honor graduate and receiving an offer of a scholarship, she was hooked.

Minnesota Guardsman Receives Award for Combating Drugs in his Community

Posted: 2018-03-09  03:13 PM
Counterdrug WOODBURY, Minn. - Staff Sgt. Benjamin Kroll, an analyst with the Minnesota National Guard's Counterdrug Task Force who is assigned to work with the Hennepin County Sherriff's Office was recognized for his achievements as the Analyst of the Year during the 2018 Minnesota Association of Crime and Intelligence Analysts Training Symposium in Woodbury, Minnesota, March 7, 2018.

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.

Kroll is one of sixteen service members on the Counterdrug Task Force that provides this force-multiplying service to our communities against illicit drug-use. With the information that law enforcement provide through their patrols and daily operations, Kroll and his colleagues across the state assist by putting together a figurative picture with all of the gathered information which aids in identifying how to move forward with legal action to deter or prevent the sale or use of illegal narcotic drugs.

Women Opened Doors in Minnesota National Guard

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.

When an accomplished female Soldier is credited with breaking barriers she will often pass that honor to the women that preceded her. Brig. Gen. Johanna Clyborne is such a leader. She acknowledges that she is one of the first females in the Minnesota National Guard who has held key leadership roles, however she sees it differently. "I feel responsible for all women in uniform," said Clyborne. "Women before me opened the door, now I've cleared the room. It's up to the women behind me to hold the room."

Securing the Bold North: Minnesota National Guard supports Super Bowl LII

Posted: 2018-02-02  10:45 PM
Super Bowl 52 MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - More than 400 Minnesota National Guardsmen are supporting security efforts in Minneapolis ahead of Super Bowl 52.

"This is what we do," said Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen, Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard. "When the local community can't meet the public safety needs, they come to the Guard. We're their normal partner, we're a natural partner, and we're their preferred partner when it comes to filling in the gaps that they can't fill."

At the request of the city, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton authorized the Minnesota National Guard to provide support to security efforts leading up to and during Super Bowl 52. The Guardsmen are providing direct support to and working alongside law enforcement officers from across the state. Like their civilian law enforcement partners, Minnesota Guardsmen are focused on ensuring a safe experience for the residents and visitors who are attending the Super Bowl festivities.

Article archive