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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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Posted: 2017-09-15  10:45 AM
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MAPLEWOOD, Minn.- Nearly 650 soldiers and airmen are scheduled to attend the Minnesota National Guard's third annual Women's Leadership Forum at the 3M Corporate Headquarters Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017.

"The Minnesota National Guard continues to diversify our force and grow strong leaders," said Brig. Gen. Sandy Best, chief of staff of the Minnesota Air National Guard. "Strong leaders are able to self-manage and channel emotions to produce desired behaviors and results."

The forum is part of an overall effort to promote an inclusive culture, diversify the organization, grow strong leaders and provide professional leadership development for both women and men. The topics will focus on emotional intelligence, leadership, high performing teams and creating a championship culture.

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Posted: 2017-09-11  02:20 PM
September 11, 2017

ST. PAUL, Minn.- This past weekend the Minnesota Air National Guard sent 41 Airmen to support response efforts for Hurricane Irma. Six Soldiers from the Minnesota Army National Guard also departed this morning to support relief efforts.

"I thank Major General Nash for his leadership, and the brave Minnesota National Guard soldiers who will provide assistance in Hurricane Irma response and relief efforts," said Governor Dayton. "I encourage all Minnesotans who are able to contribute to qualified relief efforts. Minnesota stands ready to assist those affected by Hurricane Irma in any way we are able."

The 41 Airmen come from the 133rd Airlift Wing based in St. Paul and have a variety of skillsets. Fourteen of the Airmen are with the unit's Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron and specially trained in emergency medical evacuations. They are currently on standby at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois where they will support potential missions in the Caribbean or Southern United States. The remaining personnel comprised of Airlift Control Flight, Logistics Readiness and Security Forces, arrived today at St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands where they will assist in recovery operations. The Airmen can support airports with skills and equipment to re-establish operations after disasters, secure aircraft and load and unload equipment.

Minnesota National Guard to send aviation assets to support Hurricane Harvey

Posted: 2017-09-01  10:42 AM
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ST. PAUL, Minn.- Governor Dayton has approved 11 soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Combat Aviation Brigade to support response efforts for Hurricane Harvey. The soldiers will depart today from St. Cloud via CH-47 chinook helicopters to conduct aviation operations in Texas.

"I am glad that Minnesota will be able to assist the victims of the terrible tragedy in Texas, with 11 Minnesota National Guard soldiers accompanying two Chinook helicopters to join in relief efforts," said Governor Dayton. "I thank Major General Nash for his leadership, and the brave Minnesota soldiers, who will travel to Texas to provide this critical relief. I encourage all Minnesotans, who are able, to donate to the qualified relief efforts. Minnesota stands ready to assist in any way we can."

The Minnesota National Guard's 34th Combat Aviation Brigade is an Army National Guard unit that supports disaster response operations by providing aviation capabilities - both UH-60 Black Hawk and CH-47 Chinook helicopters.

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