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Minnesota National Guard
Serving Her Community And Country

Michelle Rose Amparan is a great example of a young Latina serving her community and country Michelle was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho to parents Oscar Israel and Eunice Amparan, both parents were born in Mexico and move to Minnesota and settled in Saint Paul with their family


Michelle attended Harding High School and this is where her community involvement had its start In 2005, her sophomore year, Michelle joined the Jovenes de Salud (JDS), an organization whose purpose is to guide Latino youth to maintain healthy lifestyles and complete high school and pursue higher education JDS currently has programs in Harding, Johnson, Tartan, Henry Sibley and South St Paul high schools Participating in the JDS encouraged Michelle to focus on health issues and create awareness in the Latino community about the harms of tobacco use

Michelle and the JDS members are very active in outreach activities at churches and community festivals including the Cinco de Mayo and La Familia Latino Festival & Expo They also receive training from mentors on the effects of tobacco and other health issues that affect the Latino community Michelle graduated from the Association for Nonsmokers MN, as a Jovenes de Salud Apprentice and is currently a Promotora de Salud (community health worker)

While in high school, Michelle also was involved in the NJROTC and was planning on joining the Navy after graduation in 2008 Her ROTC commander took her to San Diego to a Navy base to see if this was a good fit and after a week Michelle felt she needed more time to think this through She decided to go to college for a year and decide what military branch she would join and chose the Minnesota Army National Guard Michelle completed two years at the University of St Catherine and deployed for a year overseas The National Guard was a good fit for Michelle who wants to learn a profession within the military and adapt it to the civilian side She is now studying Psychology and wants to narrow that down to a specialty career within that field, such as health psychology

Michelle will be transferring to the University of Hawaii in Honolulu for her junior year with a goal of gaining a doctorate in psychology Michelle plans to remain in the National Guard “I want to use my experience working in the military field and the community field as part of my research for my study” Michelle stated

Michelle’s older sister Abigail goes to Northwestern University and has a younger sister Melissa who is also enrolled at Northwestern Her younger brother George who is 19 just graduated from high school and is working at a bank

Michelle is a great example of many Latino youth in the Twin Cities who want to contribute to their community and country Thank you Michelle!

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Iowa Red Bull takes command of 34th Infantry Division

Posted: 2017-12-13  10:11 AM
Minnesota National Guard JOHNSTON, Iowa - Brig. Gen. Benjamin J. Corell, Deputy Adjutant General of the Iowa National Guard, assumed command of the 34th Infantry Division "Red Bulls" during a ceremony in Rosemount, Minnesota, on December 9, 2017.

Headquartered in Minnesota, the division has been commanded almost-exclusively by members of the Minnesota National Guard since 1968.

"Typically there's been very few people who have been allowed to command the 34th Infantry Division that didn't come from the state of Minnesota," Corell said.

Minnesota-based aviation unit honors storied division, enters into new, 'expeditionary' era

Posted: 2017-12-12  11:29 AM
Minnesota National Guard ST. PAUL, Minn. - Soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade (ECAB), who recently celebrated a year full of achievements, have embraced a new name: Red Devils.

The St. Paul-based unit hosted its annual aviation brigade ball Dec. 9, at the Envision Event Center in Oakdale, Minnesota, where the unit's new logo was unveiled.

Soldiers of the 34th ECAB, which falls under and supports the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, will continue to wear the Red Bull insignia on their uniforms. However, they will now be known and referred to as the Red Devils, a name that pays homage to the division's historical accomplishments and fierce warfighting.

Minnesota Nice Extends to Puerto Rico

Posted: 2017-12-08  12:08 PM
Minnesota National Guard CAMP SANTIAGO, Puerto Rico - It has been more than two months since Hurricane Maria stuck Puerto Rico, leaving a trail of disaster behind it. The island was in dire need of some extra help. More than 230 Air National Guardsmen from 29 states have been deployed to the island and are helping in any way they can.

Eleven of those Airmen are from the Minnesota National Guard's 148th Fighter Wing out of Duluth, Minn. and the 133rd Airlift Wing out of St. Paul, Minn., are no exception in their desire to lend a helping hand. They have been at Camp Santiago, Puerto Rico, since before Thanksgiving and will leave around mid-December. Their mission is to feed military and civilian hurricane relief workers, giving them the much-needed fuel to complete their mission throughout the day.

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.

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