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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: 2017-12-12  11:29 AM
Minnesota National Guard ST. PAUL, Minn. - Soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade (ECAB), who recently celebrated a year full of achievements, have embraced a new name: Red Devils.

The St. Paul-based unit hosted its annual aviation brigade ball Dec. 9, at the Envision Event Center in Oakdale, Minnesota, where the unit's new logo was unveiled.

Soldiers of the 34th ECAB, which falls under and supports the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, will continue to wear the Red Bull insignia on their uniforms. However, they will now be known and referred to as the Red Devils, a name that pays homage to the division's historical accomplishments and fierce warfighting.



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Posted: 2017-12-08  12:08 PM
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Eleven of those Airmen are from the Minnesota National Guard's 148th Fighter Wing out of Duluth, Minn. and the 133rd Airlift Wing out of St. Paul, Minn., are no exception in their desire to lend a helping hand. They have been at Camp Santiago, Puerto Rico, since before Thanksgiving and will leave around mid-December. Their mission is to feed military and civilian hurricane relief workers, giving them the much-needed fuel to complete their mission throughout the day.



Governor Mark Dayton installs new Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General

Posted: 2017-11-04  04:16 PM
TAG installation ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton administered the oath of office to Maj. Gen. Jon A. Jensen, installing him as the Minnesota National Guard's 31st Adjutant General during a ceremony in St. Paul, November 4, 2017.

"General Jensen has been a tremendous leader of the Minnesota National Guard throughout his years of dedicated service," said Governor Dayton. "He has served in two top leadership positions, as the Commanding General of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, and also as the Chief of Staff at the Guard's Joint Force Headquarters. I am confident that he will continue to provide the same outstanding leadership as his predecessor, General Rick Nash."

Jensen most recently served as the Commanding General of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division. He previously held positions as Deputy Commanding General, United States Army Africa and Southern European Task Force, Minnesota National Guard Director of the Joint Staff and Minnesota National Guard Assistant Adjutant General - Army.



Guard Heritage Suffers with Loss of Artillery Unit

Posted: 2017-10-04  11:22 AM
ETAB ANOKA, Minn. - The Minnesota National Guard lost one of its most historically significant units when the 151st Artillery's E Battery, (Target Acquisition) cased its colors in a ceremony at the Anoka High School Aug. 19, 2017.

The Target Acquisition Battery (ETAB), 151st Field Artillery is one of the oldest and most decorated units in the Minnesota National Guard and the 34th Infantry Division. "Both Minnesota and the Division lose the proud lineage that goes back to Civil War days, through WW1 and WW2, and had a significant amount of battle streamers," said 151st Field Artillery Battalion Commander, Lt. Col. Patrick Cornwell.

The 151st Field Artillery draws its lineage from the 1st Regiment, Minnesota Heavy Artillery of 1864 which fought two major campaigns in Tennessee during the Civil War.



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