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Nisswa man named to Ripley's Court of Honor

Posted: June 27, 2012 - 10:22pm

Lt. Col. (retired) Jay Beebe of Nisswa was named to the Court of Honor at Camp Ripley last fall

Beebe’s military service began when he enlisted in the Minnesota Army National Guard in June of 1950 as a private, with the 115th Tank Company In September of that year he was transferred to HHC, 194th Tank Company, 47th Infantry Division, Brainerd In December of 1950 he was activated as part of the 47th Infantry Division and stationed at Fort Rucker, Ala

His period of active duty was from Jan 16, 1951 to Sept 21, 1952 He then returned to Minnesota National Guard’s 194th Tank Battalion

He served in various enlisted positions in the Tank Battalion He was then assigned as platoon leader, Co D, 1st Medium Tank Battalion (Patton), 194th Armor, Crosby, and later assigned as company commander of the unit (as a first lieutenant) He then transferred to HHC 194th Tank Battalion, Brainerd, and served as a RECON platoon leader Subsequently he accepted a technician position at Camp Ripley and was transferred to the 47th S&T Battalion and served in various positions His next assignment was with the 47th Finance Company, responsible for payroll checks for members of the Minnesota Army National Guard After his retirement in 1989, during the Gulf War, he was again called to active duty and stationed at Fort Lee, Va He was later released and returned to Ready Reserve after four months

In addition to Beebe’s military career, he also was and continues to be involved and very active in his community and his church, Zion Lutheran in Brainerd He has served since the 1970s with Troop 47 and the Viking Council of the Boy Scouts of America For that he was honored in 1980 with the Scholar of the Year Award and in 1984, the Silver Beaver Scouting Award for volunteering his time

He remains active with the Minnesota State Veteran’s Cemetery Board, an early member who assisted with the planning and fundraising to purchase the property and build the initial building

He served as honorary colonel of the 194th Tank Regiment and remains very active yet today He is also a member of the Elks Lodge, VFW Men’s Auxiliary, Crow Wing County Historical Society, National Guard Enlisted and Officer Associations Served as Chairman for the Crow Wing County All Veterans Memorial and assisted with the design and fundraising

In Florida, where he winters, he belongs to the Adopt a Family Organization, raising funds to assist six under-privileged families each Christmas with food, clothing and toys He is a member of the Yellow Ribbon Program in the Brainerd area and assisted with many of their programs since their inception He also coached Little League Baseball for 10 years

One of Beebe’s lifetime commitments over the past 50-plus years has been to the American Legion serving in officer positions up to post commander
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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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