/*********************************************** * 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 ***********************************************/
History
Minnesota National Guard
National Guard soldiers return to support network aimed at helping them find jobs

Rosemount, Minn — More than 500 National Guard soldiers woke up at home yesterday morning for the first time in more than a year In the next few months, they’ll reclaim their civilian lives

But for many, finding a job will be an important challenge National Guard officials say about 20 percent of the nearly 3,000 Red Bulls brigade soldiers returning home from Kuwait will not have a job waiting for them

Maj. Gen. David Elicerio, the commander of Minnesota’s 34th “Red Bull” Infantry Division, knows that challenge Three years ago, he struggled to find civilian work after serving in Iraq

“I know well the frustrations that our soldiers have, coming back to Minnesota and trying to match the skill sets of a commander in Iraq in charge of 15,000 soldiers over nine provinces in Iraq to the job market in Minnesota,” Elicerio said

To speed the transition back to working life for returning soldiers, National Guard officials and Minnesota businesses are helping them maneuver through the employment process

In the coming months, the Guard will work with private employers and officials from the Department of Employment and Economic Development to host job fairs around the state and at regional workforce centers throughout the summer

Elicerio recently told a group of business representatives what happened when he returned from his last tour of duty overseas In 2009, he contacted 3M officials about job opportunities and received a less-than-enthusiastic reception

“Hey, I’m a chemical engineer with over 25 years’ experience in the health care industry and I know you’re big in health care products,” he recalled telling them “They said, ‘You’re right We’ve got an entry-level engineering job for you, part time, in our facility in Kansas City’ I said ‘Eh, that’s not going to work so well, either’”

Elicerio told the story at one of several events the Guard is hosting to connect businesses with unemployed soldiers returning from Kuwait this year

The Guard is teaching employers some Army basics — like the difference between a division and a squad and what job descriptions and ranks mean Elicerio said soldiers often overlook the importance of describing their military experience to civilians

The unemployment rate for Minnesota veterans is more than three times the state’s civilian unemployment rate of 57 percent Last month, representatives from several major companies, including Target, Best Buy and US Bank, helped soldiers spruce up their resumes and prepare for job interviews while they were still in Kuwait

Now other companies are targeting recruitment efforts on returning soldiers

Military experience is often lost in translation, said Ronda Wescott, president of public sector services for Travelers Insurance The St Paul-based company employs 1,200 veterans across the country

“In corporate America, we deal with job descriptions,” she said after speaking to attendees at the National Guard employers event “So if you had a job description in the military … it’s probably full of Army lingo Just take that job description and translate it into what it means generally, to a lay person, and that would work well”

Wescott said Travelers’ recruiters are learning to translate military experience into possible jobs at the company But she said soldiers need to do a better job being open with potential employers about what they did during their time in the military

“There’s been a hesitancy to talk too much about things that have happened in Iraq, for example, or wherever it is,” Wescott said “But I think there’s a way to do that without giving anything away”

The push to help returning soldiers has also made its way to the state Capitol Last month, Gov Mark Dayton signed a bill that allows employers to set a hiring preference for veterans

State Sen Ted Daley, R-Eagan, who sponsored his chamber’s bill, said employers have an opportunity to help veterans find jobs

“The great thing is, it’s not a mandate,” Daley said “It doesn’t force any company to do this It’s permissive language which allows them to do it and not to be worried or troubled by any lawsuits that they could face for preferring to hire veterans”
Article source
http://www.winonadailynews.com/news/local/article_ac83d76e-94d5-11e1-a2b1-001a4bcf887a.html#ixzz1toJ2XQ00



Articles archive

In The News archive

Media Advisory archive

Latest News

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.



100 Years Ago, Camp Cody's "Grand Old Man" formed 34th Infantry Division

Posted: 2018-01-18  12:59 PM
Gen. Augustus Blocksom Decorated veteran Augustus Blocksom was a man of his time, but times were changing. He exemplified Progressive Era America prior to the Great War. Blocksom participated in all the major US Army campaigns for nearly a half-century. He fought American Indians, Spaniards, Chinese and Filipinos. He brought that experience to Camp Cody, New Mexico where he assembled units from across the mid-West to form the 34th Infantry Division in 1917.



Iowa Red Bull takes command of 34th Infantry Division

Posted: 2017-12-13  10:11 AM
Minnesota National Guard JOHNSTON, Iowa - Brig. Gen. Benjamin J. Corell, Deputy Adjutant General of the Iowa National Guard, assumed command of the 34th Infantry Division "Red Bulls" during a ceremony in Rosemount, Minnesota, on December 9, 2017.

Headquartered in Minnesota, the division has been commanded almost-exclusively by members of the Minnesota National Guard since 1968.

"Typically there's been very few people who have been allowed to command the 34th Infantry Division that didn't come from the state of Minnesota," Corell said.



Minnesota-based aviation unit honors storied division, enters into new, 'expeditionary' era

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.



Article archive
 
top