| Session Helps National Guard Members Find Jobs
(ABC 6 NEWS) -- More than 600 Minnesota National Guard service members went to the Mayo Civic Center Saturday for their 30-day reintegration session This time around there was more help for veterans looking for jobs
After the happy homecoming, returning soldiers say it’s great to be home, but it’s not the easiest transition
"It was rocky for a few weeks," said Sergeant Jason Rath
After three deployments with the Minnesota National Guard Jennifer and Jason Rath know the challenges that come with the homecoming
"I'm a platoon sergeant so I'm used to having guys do everything I say whenever I say it, and coming home just seeing how she's done things," said Rath
But for soldiers looking for work, like Brian Rinehart there are even more obstacles
"I've just been looking for part time work to act like a buffer," he said
After this recent deployment the Minnesota National Guard is ramping up their efforts to find jobs for veterans
"We recognized that is a need this time, that we didn't have as much last time," said Lieutenant James Johnson
The Workforce Development Center’s Randy Johnson helped organize a job fair at the 30-day reintegration session Offering the soldiers a chance to talk with area employers
"They are the best-trained fighting force in the world but they are also the best trained vocationally, so they have great skills," said Johnson
Another thing they did at the session is teach soldiers to use social media to network They set up stations to take professional pictures for the guardsmen to use for their accounts
Rinehart plans to start school in the fall for the first time and hopes to go into law enforcement
"It's bringing a source for everyone at one location, and just having that one on one talk with people is just what we need," said Rinehart
The hope is sessions like this one will make the transition for Rinehart and others into a career a little more smooth
In August another reintegration session will take place again, at the Mayo Civic Center
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Camp Ripley strikes first before wildfire season
Posted: 2017-03-24 10:19 AM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - Every spring Camp Ripley begins its annual controlled burn program to help reduce the risk of wildfire during training.
"Usually the burns are completed every spring before the summer annual training season begins," said Tim Notch, training area coordinator on Camp Ripley. "However, the warmer weather conditions provide a nice opportunity for preventative burns earlier this season."
As in years past Camp Ripley will conduct controlled burns on approximately 13,000 acres of the 53,000-acre military reservation. The burns are done in coordination with the staffs of the Camp Ripley Department of Public Works and the Camp Ripley Environmental Department along with support from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Minnesota Guardsman earns recognition through Leads 2 Enlistment program
Posted: 2017-03-23 09:46 AM
DULUTH, Minn. - Pfc. Trevor Nelson received the Minnesota Distinguished Recruiting Ribbon and a Minnesota Recruiting and Retention Battalion medallion for excellence from Command Sgt. Maj. Curtis Serbus, March 18, 2017, at the Duluth Armory. Nelson earned these awards as part of the online referral system, Leads 2 Enlistment for referring four friends who have joined the Minnesota National Guard.
"I talked to some buddies in my school about the Guard. They liked the benefits, so I put their info in the app and let my recruiter take over." said Nelson. "I thought it would be fun to serve with friends and help them figure out their path in life."
Nelson is currently a senior at Cloquet Senior High School and assigned to the Recruit Sustainment Program in Duluth. He attended basic training at Fort Benning in the summer of 2016 with follow-on training in the summer of 2017 to become an infantryman.
Litchfield and Local Veteran Honor Gen. John Vessey at Armory Open House
Posted: 2017-03-10 08:50 AM
LITCHFIELD, Minn. -Bruce Cottington, a Navy veteran of WWII and Korea, donated a bronze bust of Gen. John W. Vessey, Jr. to the Litchfield National Guard unit during the armory's public open house event March 4. Cottington, a Litchfield resident, commands the Minnesota Chapter of the Veterans of Underage Military Service. VUMS members enlisted in the military prior to the minimum age requirement in order to serve their country during WWII. Cottington received the bust from Vessey, a fellow VUMS member. Both enlisted in the military at the age of 16.
The highlight of the 334th Brigade Engineer Battalion open house was the unveiling of the sculpture. The unit was very supportive when Cottington proposed donating the sculpture. The Litchfield community has always been very supportive of the National Guard over the years, so the open house was a chance to say 'thanks' to their neighbors. "This was a great opportunity to honor Bruce and to honor Gen. Vessey," said B Co., 334th Brigade Engineer Battalion Commander, Capt. Seth Goreham. Bravo Company also has a tight relationship with the local American Legion and VFW. Many Litchfield citizens are former members of Bravo Company, or the unit's predecessors A Co, 682nd Engineer Battalion, and the 849th Mobility Augmentation Company.
Camp Ripley welcomes new command sergeant major
Posted: 2017-03-08 03:29 PM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - The garrison command team of Camp Ripley, family, friends and colleagues from the Minnesota National Guard attended a Change of Responsibility ceremony between Command Sgt. Maj. Mike Worden and Command Sgt. Maj. Matt Erickson, March 5, 2017, at Camp Ripley.
The ceremony was an official "passing of the sword" from one senior noncommissioned officer to the next and assumption of the duties and responsibilities that go along with the position of Garrison Command Sergeant Major.
As with many military ceremonies those in attendance welcomed Erickson as a new member of the team and bid farewell, recognized and thanked Worden for his service.