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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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Posted: 2018-03-16  08:45 AM
Col. Angela Steward-Randle ST. PAUL, Minn. - Col. Angela Steward-Randle grew up in a military family - her father served in the Army on active duty - but it was a chance encounter with a friend at college that led her to want to make the military a career.

"My story is no different than many others," Steward-Randle, the Director of Human Resources, Manpower and Personnel for the Minnesota National Guard said. "I was in college and looking for financial resources to help pay for it."

Her college friend suggested they attend a summer training with the Reserve Officer Training Corps that had no obligation and could earn them some money. The friend never ended up going, but Steward-Randle did. After earning recognition as the top honor graduate and receiving an offer of a scholarship, she was hooked.

Minnesota Guardsman Receives Award for Combating Drugs in his Community

Posted: 2018-03-09  03:13 PM
Counterdrug WOODBURY, Minn. - Staff Sgt. Benjamin Kroll, an analyst with the Minnesota National Guard's Counterdrug Task Force who is assigned to work with the Hennepin County Sherriff's Office was recognized for his achievements as the Analyst of the Year during the 2018 Minnesota Association of Crime and Intelligence Analysts Training Symposium in Woodbury, Minnesota, March 7, 2018.

Through a partnership with Minnesota law enforcement agencies throughout the state, the Minnesota National Guard Counterdrug Task Force (MNCDTF) supports the anti-drug initiatives to counter all primary drug threats and vulnerabilities through the effective application of available assets, said Maj. Jon Dotterer, Counterdrug Coordinator for the State of Minnesota. The goal for the program is to support federal, state, tribal, and local agencies in the detection, disruption, interdiction, and curtailment of illicit drugs.

Kroll is one of sixteen service members on the Counterdrug Task Force that provides this force-multiplying service to our communities against illicit drug-use. With the information that law enforcement provide through their patrols and daily operations, Kroll and his colleagues across the state assist by putting together a figurative picture with all of the gathered information which aids in identifying how to move forward with legal action to deter or prevent the sale or use of illegal narcotic drugs.

Women Opened Doors in Minnesota National Guard

Posted: 2018-03-08  09:05 AM
Minnesota National Guard ST. PAUL, Minn. - "The battlefront is no place for women to be," said Command Sgt. Maj. Earl Kurtzweg, 125th Field Artillery, in an article published in 1976. "There are certain jobs girls say they can do, but they just can't do ... the battlefront is no place for women to be. Other countries in the world use women in combat, but the U.S. has not come around to that way of thinking." Kathy Berg, a New Ulm reporter summarized at the time. "So women in the New Ulm unit take care of personnel files and pay records and leave the fighting to the men."

The Minnesota National Guard has "come around to that way of thinking" since those early days of gender integration. In the last 44 years women have made momentous strides toward inclusion and acceptance. Their accomplishments are testimony to their fortitude and the progressive development of the Minnesota National Guard.

When an accomplished female Soldier is credited with breaking barriers she will often pass that honor to the women that preceded her. Brig. Gen. Johanna Clyborne is such a leader. She acknowledges that she is one of the first females in the Minnesota National Guard who has held key leadership roles, however she sees it differently. "I feel responsible for all women in uniform," said Clyborne. "Women before me opened the door, now I've cleared the room. It's up to the women behind me to hold the room."

Securing the Bold North: Minnesota National Guard supports Super Bowl LII

Posted: 2018-02-02  10:45 PM
Super Bowl 52 MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - More than 400 Minnesota National Guardsmen are supporting security efforts in Minneapolis ahead of Super Bowl 52.

"This is what we do," said Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen, Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard. "When the local community can't meet the public safety needs, they come to the Guard. We're their normal partner, we're a natural partner, and we're their preferred partner when it comes to filling in the gaps that they can't fill."

At the request of the city, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton authorized the Minnesota National Guard to provide support to security efforts leading up to and during Super Bowl 52. The Guardsmen are providing direct support to and working alongside law enforcement officers from across the state. Like their civilian law enforcement partners, Minnesota Guardsmen are focused on ensuring a safe experience for the residents and visitors who are attending the Super Bowl festivities.

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