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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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Minnesota National Guard leaders visit traveling tribute in Austin

Posted: 2018-05-22  10:16 AM
Traveling Wall AUSTIN, Minn. - A replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was on display May 16-20, in Austin and leaders of the 347th Regional Support Group took the opportunity to visit during the event's closing ceremony.

The display, dubbed the American Veterans Traveling Tribute, was hosted by Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Austin and featured a near-replica of the memorial in Washington, D.C.

"It was an honor to be part of this humbling and moving tribute to our Vietnam veterans," said Col. Stephen Schemenauer. "The traveling Vietnam Wall is a powerful display, and this event provided an opportunity to meet, and thank, service members from WWII to present-day conflicts. Regardless of their branch of service, or the era or conflict in which they served, we all share a common bond."

Minnesota Aviators lead multi-state National Guard partnership for NTC rotation

Posted: 2018-05-21  03:51 PM
2-147 NTC FORT IRWIN, Calif. - The Minnesota National Guard's 2nd Battalion, 147th Assault Helicopter Battalion is working together with aviation units from four different states to provide support to the Tennessee-based 278th Armored Calvary Regiment during a rotation at National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California.

Making up Task Force Ragnar is Utah-based B Company, 1st Battalion, 211th Assault Reconnaissance Battalion; Nevada-based B Company, 1-189th General Support Aviation Battalion; Michigan-based C Company, 3-238th GSAB; and Minnesota-based A, D, E and Headquarters Companies, 2-147th AHB and F Company, 1-189th GSAB.

"Early coordination with the units across four states combined with exceptional unit leadership and motivated Soldiers helped us to quickly build the task force when we closed on Fort Irwin," said Lt. Col. Kevin O'Brien, Task Force Commander. "I was thoroughly impressed with the professionalism and teamwork of task force Soldiers. This was an outstanding training opportunity that challenged every Soldier to grow as individuals and units daily."

Deployed Minnesota Guardsman honors grandfather, Hmong heritage

Posted: 2018-05-17  09:57 AM
Brandon Xiong CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait - "My heritage is Hmong," said 21 year-old Minnesota National Guard Spec. Brandon Xiong from his desk at Camp Buehring, Kuwait. "A low-key culture that originated from southern Asia. Hmong is not a place, but it is a people."

Xiong, the eldest grandson of the late Col. Song Leng Xiong, is deployed in Kuwait as an information technician for Area Support Group - Kuwait.

"We were not nomadic, but have been in many different conflicts," said Xiong. "Many places I go, I am questioned about my nationality and when answered, end up being even more confused. There is a movie called, "Gran Torino", where Clint Eastwood is introduced to the Hmong culture and I think it portrays the Hmong people not so terribly."

Month of the Military Child recognizes contributions of military kids

Posted: 2018-04-07  01:54 PM
Minnesota National Guard FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 7, 2018

ST. PAUL, Minn.- The month of April is designated as the Month of the Military Child to recognize the contributions and sacrifices military children make so their family members can serve. An estimated 15,000 children in Minnesota have been affected by the deployment of a parent.

"Military children bear a lot while their family members serve," said Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen, Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard. "It is up to us to support these resilient kids and help to lessen their burden."

An event to honor military kids in Minnesota will take place April 13, 2018, at the Mall of America rotunda from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Activities will include appearances by the Teddy Bear Band and meet and greets with Nickelodeon characters.

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