/*********************************************** * Chrome CSS Drop Down Menu- (c) Dynamic Drive DHTML code library (www.dynamicdrive.com) * This notice MUST stay intact for legal use * Visit Dynamic Drive at http://www.dynamicdrive.com/ for full source code ***********************************************/
History
Minnesota National Guard
Minnesota National Guard takes third Emmy

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn - During this year's Upper Midwest Emmy Gala at the State Theater Sep 29, 2012, members of the Minnesota National Guard received their third Emmy award This year's shared win of the 'Board of Governor's Emmy Award' was awarded for a partnership with Hubbard Broadcasting and a Saint Paul based civic organization called Serving Our Troops

"It's a simple thing, dinner with family," said Pat Harris of Serving Our Troops, explaining the organization's mission



Since 2004, Serving our Troops, working with Hubbard Broadcasting and the Minnesota Nation Guard, have served up more than 70,000 steak dinners to troops serving in combat zones overseas and simultaneously to their families in Minnesota During the dinner, the troops and families were also connected via video teleconference While video teleconferencing is relatively commonplace during deployment today, in 2004 video over Skype did not exist and data networks could barely handle email, let alone streaming video Broadcast engineers with Hubbard Broadcasting put their extensive resources to work to bridge the distance Since the original mission to Kosovo, the team has served families at home and their troops serving in Iraq, Kuwait and other locations on a total of nine missions

"Serving Our Troops and Hubbard Broadcasting truly made a difference for our families, as did all the broadcast outlets that showcased this effort in your news coverage," said Army Lt. Col. Kevin Olson, Director of Public Affairs for the Minnesota National Guard "Across the heartland, whether it is stories of deployments, homecomings, or community connections, our audiences connect with our military service members, families, employers and communities Thank you for continuing to tell the stories of those that serve in uniform"

This is the third Emmy nod for the Minnesota National Guard, which includes wins in 2006 and 2008, as well as nominations in 2011 and 2012


Download photos

The Board of Governors Award honors visionary, long-standing relationships that creatively and effectively use corporate, non-profit and broadcast resources to showcase the power of broadcasting to advance a mission or message The award is presented to a broadcaster, advertiser or company, as well as a non-profit organization, each of whom has contributed to forward a cause

The relationship between the Minnesota National Guard and the local Emmy chapter extends beyond just the awards and nominations After hearing about the record numbers of unemployed Soldiers coming back from a deployment this year, the chapter and local Government Access Television channel 12 also produced three public service announcements to spread awareness throughout the region Country music artist Rockie Lynn lent his time and talent to the cause and stations throughout the region aired the PSAs hundreds of times

"It's truly a privilege to be involved in these two great organizations," said Staff Sgt Ben Houtkooper, a broadcaster with the Minnesota National Guard who volunteers on the chapter's Board of Governors "There are so many talented military broadcasters that could benefit from participating in their local chapter This is one of those partnerships that I hope will be replicated thought the nation"

Story and photos by Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs
Sep 29, 2012




Articles archive

In The News archive

Media Advisory archive

Latest News

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."



Minnesota-based aviation unit takes part in Warfighter Exercise

Posted: 2018-06-08  11:59 AM
34ECAB WFX CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. - More than 150 Soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade are here participating in a multi-echelon training event, Warfighter Exercise 18-5, May 30 to June 15.

The exercise, which is part live and part virtual, is testing the St. Paul, Minnesota-based aviation unit's ability to conduct operations and mission command in a high-intensity, complex operating environment. Soldiers are being challenged to take decisive action as they focus on air-ground operations -- or synchronizing and integrating aviation operations into the scheme of maneuver planned and conducted by forces on the ground.

In this case, the units on the ground are being commanded by the Rosemount, Minnesota-based 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, which is also participating in the exercise.



148th Fighter Wing hosts STEM program for Duluth-area students

Posted: 2018-06-05  08:52 AM
Starbase Duluth DULUTH, Minn. - Dozens of community and industry leaders passionate about helping children become more engaged in science, technology, engineering and math gathered at the 148th Fighter Wing in Duluth, Minn., May 24, 2018, to see what STARBASE Minnesota Duluth is doing for young students in the area.

STARBASE is a Department of Defense youth program that engages students in STEM studies. The program began in 1991, and STARBASE Minnesota was founded in 1993 in St. Paul, which expanded to Duluth in July 2017.

Currently, the school program is open to fifth-grade students, said Charity S. Rupp, the director of STARBASE Minnesota Duluth. The summer camp will serve students in 4-6th grade. Eventually, she hopes the program will expand into STARBASE 2.0 to serve middle school students as an after school program during the academic school year.



Minnesota National Guard leaders visit traveling tribute in Austin

Posted: 2018-05-22  10:16 AM
Traveling Wall AUSTIN, Minn. - A replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was on display May 16-20, in Austin and leaders of the 347th Regional Support Group took the opportunity to visit during the event's closing ceremony.

The display, dubbed the American Veterans Traveling Tribute, was hosted by Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Austin and featured a near-replica of the memorial in Washington, D.C.

"It was an honor to be part of this humbling and moving tribute to our Vietnam veterans," said Col. Stephen Schemenauer. "The traveling Vietnam Wall is a powerful display, and this event provided an opportunity to meet, and thank, service members from WWII to present-day conflicts. Regardless of their branch of service, or the era or conflict in which they served, we all share a common bond."



Article archive
 
top