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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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Minnesota State Fair Military Appreciation Day to recognize women veterans

Posted: 2018-08-27  12:34 PM
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August 27, 2018

ST. PAUL, Minn.- The Minnesota State Fair's eighth annual Military Appreciation Day will take place Tuesday, August 28, and provide an educational opportunity for all fairgoers to learn about Minnesota's military community. This year's theme is honoring Minnesota's women veterans.

"The Minnesota State Fair is a great opportunity to bring our community together to show appreciation for the service and sacrifice of our state's veterans," said Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen, The Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard. "This year, I am proud to stand with women veterans as we highlight their stories and contributions to our armed forces."

Minnesota Guardsmen learn survival skills, train with Norwegian counterparts

Posted: 2018-07-03  01:36 PM
NOREX 45 Over the course of 10 days, 100 Soldiers and Airmen from the Minnesota National Guard who traveled to Norway June 17-26, 2018, for the 45th Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange learned valuable survival skills and shared their knowledge with members of the Norwegian Home Guard. This year's exchange was the second to take place during the summer months in the history of the longest-running military partnership between two nations.

"It was a great experience for both the Minnesota National Guard and the Norwegian Home Guard," said Capt. 'Kiwi' HorgA�ien, the senior Norwegian instructor. "A cultural exchange, a social exchange and military exchange all packed into one."

The 45th exchange got off to a late start, with flight delays causing the trip to be shortened from its normal length of two weeks. The delay meant that the Minnesota Guardsmen jumped right into training, heading out to the field after just a few hours of sleep.

133rd Airlift Wing Emphasizes Combat Readiness Training

Posted: 2018-06-29  10:48 AM
Alpena ALPENA, Michigan - Approximately 300 U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 133rd Airlift Wing participated in a readiness exercise at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Alpena, Mich.

The exercise, tagged as Iron Ore, was designed test the Airmen abilities to set up operations at an unfamiliar location and receive in depth training on Ability-To-Survive and Operate (ATSO) principles while supporting airlift and aeromedical flight operations.

To ensure mission success and readiness, Airmen had to complete training at home station prior to leaving for Alpena. Some of this training included weapons qualification, gas mask fit testing, Mission Oriented Protective Posture (MOPP) familiarization, self-aid and buddy care and career field training.

Red Bulls Kickoff Division Warfighter

Posted: 2018-06-13  01:38 PM
DIV WFX CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. - "A Warfighter is an exercise that allows the Division to evaluate their ability to maneuver assets in a battle," said Master Sgt. Greg Weaver, the Operations Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge for the Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion. "It is designed to focus on particular areas and specific objectives to be evaluated or tested."

The Division has geared its' planning and training efforts in preparation for Warfighter since July 2017. Coordinating transportation for Soldiers and equipment was often on the mind of Maj. David Johansson, the logistics officer for the 34th ID. With the coordination of Johansson and his team, troops and equipment all converged on Camp Atterbury, enlisting the help of 89 railcars, 280 tractor-trailers, and nearly 50 buses for the movement.

"I like to say my job is to 'quiet the noise'". Johansson continued, "The noise being a real life logistical problem that could impede the exercise."

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