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Employment Resource Team prepped returning Soldiers in Kuwait

Addressing the unemployment issues felt by the Citizen-Soldiers of the deployed 1st Brigade Combat Team, an interagency Employment Resource Team (ERT) traveled to Kuwait in early March to prepare them for reemployment

The team, 11 people in all, were from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, the St Paul Chamber of Commerce and recruiters from corporations including Target, Best Buy and US Bancorp

Maj Aaron Krenz, chief of Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, was also on the team "This was an eye opener," Krenz said "The Soldiers were thirsty for what the civilian executives had to say to them - and the executives cut to the chase They challenged Soldiers by asking "˜would your resume warrant an interview?' "



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Over five days, the ERT advised 1,080 National Guard Soldiers from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Missouri and Tennessee The ERT also advised 12 Army Reserve Soldiers The Soldiers listened to presentations on how to sell themselves, and worked one-on-one with civilians practicing interviews and cleaning up their resumes

More than 80 percent had created a resume and completed a GPS LifePlan, mapping out their professional goals, before the ERT stepped foot on ground

"The Soldiers were prepared for the training," said Krenz

According to a DEED survey completed in January 2012, an estimated 19 percent of the Soldiers from the 1st Brigade Combat Team deployed to Kuwait will be unemployed when they return this spring

For information on the three-step process for veterans to get a job, and the three steps for employers to hire veterans visit wwwPositivelyMinnesotacom/Veterans

2nd Lt Melanie Nelson
Beyond The Yellow Ribbon
13 Mar, 2012




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Posted: 2018-05-22  10:16 AM
Traveling Wall AUSTIN, Minn. - A replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was on display May 16-20, in Austin and leaders of the 347th Regional Support Group took the opportunity to visit during the event's closing ceremony.

The display, dubbed the American Veterans Traveling Tribute, was hosted by Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Austin and featured a near-replica of the memorial in Washington, D.C.

"It was an honor to be part of this humbling and moving tribute to our Vietnam veterans," said Col. Stephen Schemenauer. "The traveling Vietnam Wall is a powerful display, and this event provided an opportunity to meet, and thank, service members from WWII to present-day conflicts. Regardless of their branch of service, or the era or conflict in which they served, we all share a common bond."



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Posted: 2018-05-21  03:51 PM
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Making up Task Force Ragnar is Utah-based B Company, 1st Battalion, 211th Assault Reconnaissance Battalion; Nevada-based B Company, 1-189th General Support Aviation Battalion; Michigan-based C Company, 3-238th GSAB; and Minnesota-based A, D, E and Headquarters Companies, 2-147th AHB and F Company, 1-189th GSAB.

"Early coordination with the units across four states combined with exceptional unit leadership and motivated Soldiers helped us to quickly build the task force when we closed on Fort Irwin," said Lt. Col. Kevin O'Brien, Task Force Commander. "I was thoroughly impressed with the professionalism and teamwork of task force Soldiers. This was an outstanding training opportunity that challenged every Soldier to grow as individuals and units daily."



Deployed Minnesota Guardsman honors grandfather, Hmong heritage

Posted: 2018-05-17  09:57 AM
Brandon Xiong CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait - "My heritage is Hmong," said 21 year-old Minnesota National Guard Spec. Brandon Xiong from his desk at Camp Buehring, Kuwait. "A low-key culture that originated from southern Asia. Hmong is not a place, but it is a people."

Xiong, the eldest grandson of the late Col. Song Leng Xiong, is deployed in Kuwait as an information technician for Area Support Group - Kuwait.

"We were not nomadic, but have been in many different conflicts," said Xiong. "Many places I go, I am questioned about my nationality and when answered, end up being even more confused. There is a movie called, "Gran Torino", where Clint Eastwood is introduced to the Hmong culture and I think it portrays the Hmong people not so terribly."



Month of the Military Child recognizes contributions of military kids

Posted: 2018-04-07  01:54 PM
Minnesota National Guard FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 7, 2018

ST. PAUL, Minn.- The month of April is designated as the Month of the Military Child to recognize the contributions and sacrifices military children make so their family members can serve. An estimated 15,000 children in Minnesota have been affected by the deployment of a parent.

"Military children bear a lot while their family members serve," said Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen, Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard. "It is up to us to support these resilient kids and help to lessen their burden."

An event to honor military kids in Minnesota will take place April 13, 2018, at the Mall of America rotunda from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Activities will include appearances by the Teddy Bear Band and meet and greets with Nickelodeon characters.



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