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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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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.

Guard Heritage Suffers with Loss of Artillery Unit

Posted: 2017-10-04  11:22 AM
ETAB ANOKA, Minn. - The Minnesota National Guard lost one of its most historically significant units when the 151st Artillery's E Battery, (Target Acquisition) cased its colors in a ceremony at the Anoka High School Aug. 19, 2017.

The Target Acquisition Battery (ETAB), 151st Field Artillery is one of the oldest and most decorated units in the Minnesota National Guard and the 34th Infantry Division. "Both Minnesota and the Division lose the proud lineage that goes back to Civil War days, through WW1 and WW2, and had a significant amount of battle streamers," said 151st Field Artillery Battalion Commander, Lt. Col. Patrick Cornwell.

The 151st Field Artillery draws its lineage from the 1st Regiment, Minnesota Heavy Artillery of 1864 which fought two major campaigns in Tennessee during the Civil War.

In one month: Minnesota Guardsmen support Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria

Posted: 2017-09-29  02:25 PM
Minnesota National Guard ST. PAUL, Minn. - In the span of a few weeks, three major hurricanes hit different parts of the southern United States, causing widespread damage and destruction and requiring the response of agencies around the country. The Minnesota National Guard is one of the many organizations that have responded, sending Soldiers and Airmen to Texas, Florida, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

"This is the most gratifying deployment of my career," said Capt. Jeremy Maxey with the 133rd Airlift Wing who was called back from his vacation early to go to the Virgin Islands. "It means a lot to be able to actually directly help people. It's why I serve. Throughout my career I've deployed numerous times, but this is the one where you actually see the people you serve."

The start of the month brought the first request for assistance. On Sept. 1, two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and 11 personnel from the St. Cloud-based B Company, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 211th Aviation Regiment left for Texas following Hurricane Harvey to transport personnel and equipment in support of response efforts.

Finding fellowship in the sacred mission

Posted: 2017-09-26  12:02 PM
Minnesota National Guard CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - One of the most difficult, most sacred, honorable duties in the military is one that people don't often think about. It takes compassion, empathy, care, and requires great resilience. It is one that when called upon to train for, they hope to rarely perform because it means another Soldier has been lost. It is the duty of casualty notification officer and casualty assistance officer.

About 45 Minnesota Army National Guard Soldiers came to Camp Ripley, Minnesota, on September 21-22, 2017, for a Reset Seminar to find fellowship in one specific thing they have in common: delivering the worst news in the Army.

When a Soldier dies at home or overseas, CNOs and CAOs must notify and help families through the process, including paperwork, benefits, and funeral arrangements.

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