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Combating Unemployment

CAMP VIRGINIA, Kuwait - It's no secret the veteran unemployment rate is higher than the national average The unemployment rate of the 134th Brigade Support Battalion is near 30 percent The issue is not the Soldier themselves Often a Soldier is not called back for a job he or she applied for because their resume did not translate

"From my viewpoint we have not done a good enough job of telling our story and what skills we have as they translate to civilian employment," said Headquarters Company Commander, Capt Jason Huedepohl, from Chaska, Minn "The hard skills are usually pretty apparent but we need to do a better job identifying and teaching our Soldiers what those soft skills are and how they apply in the civilian sector"

Now that the drawdown is over, commanders like Huedepohl are able to address the next steps for the members of his company "Each Soldier has a different story when it comes to why they are unemployed, but it comes back to what we can do as a family and teach them how to prepare themselves for a challenging employment market," said Huedepohl

Preparing for reemployment involves translating military experiences into a civilian equivalent, preparing for the job interview and learning how to find jobs to apply for that match their skill set



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"We are starting with the basics of resume and cover letter writing to give them a base that allows them to put into words their hard and soft skills as well as their previous accomplishments," said Huedepohl "We are also going to focus on career path identification and personality traits and then transition into interview skills and online job seeking and networking"

Taking the time now for Soldiers to develop their products and creating a strategy while their minds are clear and not clouded by the newness of going home is critical to success

Huedepohl continues, "If we can establish a solid foundation of basic skills, and show them the available resources, we can help make them be more successful when the current support system is not directly involved They will be able to take the products and knowledge they have learned and adjust or modify it in a way that fits a specific position or job they are interested in"

Huedepohl is deployed with the 134th Brigade Support Battalion, 1/34 Brigade Combat Team to Camp Virginia, Kuwait He is expected to return early summer 2012

5 Feb, 2012
Capt Sara Behr
1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Red Bull Infantry Division
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National Guard Soldiers advance to all-Army Best Warrior Competition

Posted: 2017-07-22  11:02 AM
ARNG BWC CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - Fourteen of the Army National Guard's most elite Soldiers gathered on Camp Ripley Training Center in central Minnesota July 17-20 to determine who would compete in the all-Army Best Warrior Competition later this year.

Although every Soldier gave it their all, only one noncommissioned officer and one enlisted Soldier would claim the title of Army National Guard Best Warrior. The room was tense as everyone awaited the results during the final awards ceremony.

"We told you we were going to do everything but break you," said Command Sgt. Maj. Doug Wortham, the Minnesota National Guard Senior Enlisted Advisor. He summarized the four days explaining how the competitors all came from their respective states as individual competitors and through the competition ended up as comrades. "You were stressed, you were challenged. You guys did a fantastic job... But, the devil's in the details."



Fourteen Soldiers. Twelve States. One Competition.

Posted: 2017-07-16  09:45 PM
ARNG BWC One Soldier (junior enlisted) and one NCO (non-commissioned officer) will emerge at the top at the Army National Guard's Best Warrior Competition held at Camp Ripley, Minn., July 17-20, 2017, and move on to represent the Guard in the All-Army Best Warrior Competition in October.

The competitors have been conducting last-minute training since July 12 at Camp Ripley by honing their skills on various weapons, maintaining their physical strength and endurance, and reviewing military tasks.

"I'm feeling very confident," said Cpl. Joseph Garback, a cannon crewmember with B Co., 1st Battalion, 114th Infantry, 50th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, New Jersey National Guard. He's been preparing with the other Region 1 competition winner, Sgt. Zachary Scuncio. Garback says he has really liked the hands-on preparation at Camp Ripley and believes he's had an ample amount of time to prepare.



Minnesota-based Combat Aviation Unit Soars into Battle Phase of Bilateral Training Exercise

Posted: 2017-07-16  09:52 AM
34th CAB CAMP ATTERBURY, Indiana - More than 140 Soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Combat Aviation Brigade have established a presence at Camp Atterbury, Indiana, where they are supporting and engaging in high-level military operations and synchronization training.

Members of the St. Paul, Minnesota-based aviation unit, which is adept at providing a wide spectrum of aviation support, recently dove into the battle phase of the bilateral training exercise Talisman Saber 17. Throughout the exercise, much of their training will focus on air-ground integration -- or synchronizing aviation operations into the scheme of maneuver planned and conducted by forces on the ground.



Camp Ripley to host National Guard Best Warrior Competition

Posted: 2017-07-10  10:50 AM
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July 10, 2017

CAMP RIPLEY, Minn.- Fourteen soldiers from 12 states, representing seven Army National Guard regions will compete July 17-20 at Camp Ripley in the Army National Guard's
Best Warrior Competition.

"This competition will test the soldiers' ability to perform tasks that are vital to our ability to fight and win our nation's wars," said Command Sgt. Maj. Douglas Wortham, senior enlisted advisor for the Minnesota National Guard. "We will push them to their limits to test their endurance, strength and resilience - qualities that our soldiers must possess to be successful."

The four-day competition will feature several events to test the soldiers both physically and mentally. The soldiers will demonstrate their proficiency with weapons, their physical strength and endurance, their ability to perform military tasks and their ability to put their knowledge to use under pressure.



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