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Minnesota National Guard
Major General Robert L. Blevins

Major General Robert L Blevins enlisted in the United States Army on 12 November 1946 After serving on active duty during World War II and the Korean conflict, he was appointed as a second Lieutenant in the Minnesota Army National Guard on 6 December 1954

During his career, Major General Blevins served in various positions of great responsibility, to include Inspector General, Training Officer, Personnel Officer, and Chief of Staff of State Headquarters, Commander of 47th Infantry Division Support Command, Assistant Division Commander and Commander, 47th Infantry Division While serving in these assignments, Major General Blevins continually displayed exceptional leadership traits and managerial skills that effectively motivated his organizations to consistently exceed their established objectives


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Through his genuine concern for the welfare of his troops and the improved performance and readiness of the Division across four states, Major General Blevins contributed immensely to the recognition of the 47th Infantry Division as being one of the finest Army National Guard Divisions in the country Major General Blevins received numerous awards during his forty years of military service, to include the illustrious Army Distinguished Service Medal and the Minnesota State Distinguished Service Medal

Biographical Summary
Robert L Blevins
Major General
  1. Date: 12 January 1987
  2. Name: BLEVINS, Robert L
  3. Branch: General Officer of the Line
  4. Present Grade: MG/08
  5. Date of Federal Recognition, present grade: 8 October 1986
  6. Present duty assignment and date assigned:
    Division Commander, 47th Infantry Division, St Paul, MN 55101-2597,
    21 September 1986
  7. Primary Specialty skill identifier: 00B
  8. Duty Special skill identifier: 00B
  9. Total length of commissioned service: 34 years
  10. Marital status: Married, Virginia N Blevins, 8 children
  11. Place of birth: St Paul, Minnesota
  12. Date of birth: 21 October 1928
  13. Source of commission: Officer Candidate School
  14. Mandatory removal date in present grade: 21 October 1988
  15. Home address: Minneapolis, Minnesota
  16. Business address: Retired Federal Civil Service
  17. Civilian education: Bachelor of Arts, Management, 1976

Trying to Make a First Punch Count

March 13, 1988, New York Times

Robert L Blevins Obituary






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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.



In one month: Minnesota Guardsmen support Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria

Posted: 2017-09-29  02:25 PM
Minnesota National Guard ST. PAUL, Minn. - In the span of a few weeks, three major hurricanes hit different parts of the southern United States, causing widespread damage and destruction and requiring the response of agencies around the country. The Minnesota National Guard is one of the many organizations that have responded, sending Soldiers and Airmen to Texas, Florida, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

"This is the most gratifying deployment of my career," said Capt. Jeremy Maxey with the 133rd Airlift Wing who was called back from his vacation early to go to the Virgin Islands. "It means a lot to be able to actually directly help people. It's why I serve. Throughout my career I've deployed numerous times, but this is the one where you actually see the people you serve."

The start of the month brought the first request for assistance. On Sept. 1, two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and 11 personnel from the St. Cloud-based B Company, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 211th Aviation Regiment left for Texas following Hurricane Harvey to transport personnel and equipment in support of response efforts.



Finding fellowship in the sacred mission

Posted: 2017-09-26  12:02 PM
Minnesota National Guard CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - One of the most difficult, most sacred, honorable duties in the military is one that people don't often think about. It takes compassion, empathy, care, and requires great resilience. It is one that when called upon to train for, they hope to rarely perform because it means another Soldier has been lost. It is the duty of casualty notification officer and casualty assistance officer.

About 45 Minnesota Army National Guard Soldiers came to Camp Ripley, Minnesota, on September 21-22, 2017, for a Reset Seminar to find fellowship in one specific thing they have in common: delivering the worst news in the Army.

When a Soldier dies at home or overseas, CNOs and CAOs must notify and help families through the process, including paperwork, benefits, and funeral arrangements.



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