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Army 10-Miler, Kuwait

Camp Buehring, Kuwait, played host to the Army 10-Miler satellite run Oct 2 Hundreds of deployed service members and civilians participated in the run The official Army 10-Miler is on Oct 9, in Washington, DC The Army 10-Miler was open to all service members deployed to Kuwait Morale, Welfare and Recreation on Camp Buehring planned and coordinated this year's event

"The bus left our camp at 3:30am to accommodate the start time and our drive time," said Staff Sgt Margaret Schliesing from Cambridge, Minn She rode an hour to participate from a camp in central Kuwait "Glad I did it It was an experience," said Schliesing, who is deployed with the 134th Brigade Support Battalion, 34th Red Bull Infantry Division from Camp Ripley, Minn



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Registration opened at 3:00 am Runners from all branches of the service showed up in civilian running gear or military physical fitness uniforms Staff Sgt Nicholas Kuffel, A Company, 2-135 Infantry Battalion, deployed to Camp Buehring, showed up to the 10-Miler with rucksack, weapon and Army Combat Helmet When asked why, he said, "I wanted to represent my unit" He was surprised he was the only one with a rucksack

Force protection officers and provost marshals officers were out in full force The figure 8 course took runners down and around the Camp Buehring base Runners fought light wind of 4 mph down before turning west to start the second loop The roads were blocked and did not open to traffic until the three hour run ended

Units deployed to Camp Buehring manned water stations along the course G Company, 700 Brigade Support Battalion, attached to 160th Field Artillery, from the Oklahoma National Guard, maintained water point 4 and created a festive atmosphere handing out water, cheering on runners and grilling brats

Kuffel, in all his gear, finished in 2 hours, 53 minutes "To the last man"


By Capt Sara Behr

134th Brigade Support Battalion




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Officers convene for 112th Meeting of the National Guard Association of Minnesota

Posted: 2017-04-28  12:38 PM
NGAMN conference MANKATO, Minn. - Commissioned leaders of the Minnesota National Guard convened for the 112th General Conference of the National Guard Association of Minnesota at the Verizon Wireless Center and Hilton Garden Inn, Mankato, on April 22, 2017.

The annual gathering of association members - who serve as advocates for the needs of Soldiers, Airmen and their families - includes a business meeting, commanders march, formal dining event and transfer of responsibility to the chapter's new president.

The day's event began with a business meeting, which focused on the association's mission of educating and informing legislators on the issues facing the current and future role of the National Guard in serving Minnesota communities. The strategic planning meeting was attended by Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Richard Nash, his staff and unit commanders.



Camp Ripley earns top environmental award

Posted: 2017-04-26  02:09 PM
Mississippi River 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
Neely 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
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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