| Peter Sajevic, former coach, athletics director at St. Paul Johnson High School, dies at 91
Brig Gen Peter J Sajevic, the former athletics director at St Paul Johnson High School and president of the National Guard Association, died Saturday, Nov 3, at Waverly Gardens in North Oaks He was 91
His son, John Sajevic, said that his father was a very social person who impacted many people -- in the military and as a coach
"The recurring theme is that when responsibility was put in front of him, he always stepped up to it," John Sajevic said "He was somebody people could rely on"
Sajevic was born on July 27, 1921, and was raised in Chisholm, Minn He graduated from Colorado A&M, now Colorado State University Sajevic was captain of the basketball team
In 1943, he left school to enlist in the military and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in World War II as a field artillery officer in the Marine Corps He served at the Battle of Iwo Jima as a platoon leader
"He was somebody who loved assisting people as a leader," John Sajevic said "He was old-fashioned, and that's consistent with his military background"
After coming home and completing his degree, Sajevic was teacher for the next 35 years -- 26 of them spent at Johnson High School in St Paul There, he was the track, gymnastics, basketball and football coach He also was the athletics director
In 1953, Sajevic transferred from the Marine Corps Reserves to the Minnesota Army National Guard In 1976, he retired as the 47th Infantry Division artillery commander and was awarded the Legion of Merit, the Minnesota Medal for Merit and the Presidential Unit Citation for his service at Iwo Jima Sajevic also was president of the National Guard Association
In his retirement, Sajevic was an avid golfer, a "life master" bridge player and was president of the men's club at St Louis Catholic Church
"He was a well-rounded individual," his son said "Through sports, playing bridge and traveling with his wife, they were really able to touch a lot of lives"
Sajevic is survived by his wife of 68 years, Florence; six children; 13 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 am Friday, with visitation at 9 am at Holcomb-Henry-Boom-Purcell Funeral Home, 515 Minnesota 96 W in Shoreview
Interment will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery
By Katie Askew
Red Bulls train for readiness and resiliency
Posted: 2015-11-30 03:05 PM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - Soldiers of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division conducted maneuver training on Camp Ripley Nov. 21-22, 2015.
"It was a good weekend for our annual weapons qualification, we got a lot of tasks taken care of," said Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Lanoux with D Co. 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry.
The training is in preparation for the upcoming rotation at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif., next summer. Fort Irwin is one of several premier training sites for the joint and combined arms training opportunities focused on tough and realistic scenarios units may face in a full spectrum operation.
Woman's Veterans Initiative Shows Major Muscle with Habitat for Humanity Build
Posted: 2015-11-25 09:37 AM
ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota Women Veterans Initiative (WVI), a group orientated toward networking Minnesota women military members and veterans brought 16 service(wo)men from all services, ages and backgrounds together, November 12, to assist in a Habitat for Humanity build. Eleven of the 16 women are current or former Minnesota National Guardsmen.
"We started celebrating Veterans Day this way in 2008 with Habitat for Humanity and enjoy coming back each year to build," said Trista Matascastillo, program officer for Veterans Voices and chairman for the WVI. "We learn new skills, build our own confidence and make new friends. There are 27,000-plus women vets in Minnesota and so often we hear that women veterans feel isolated and alone and having events like this is just another way to bring us out and together."
The group started in the morning with a brief on the tasks for the day and quickly got to work, going above and beyond by organizing the work-site and making sure there was a high attention to detail.
Empowering Girls and Influencing the Next Generation
Posted: 2015-11-17 10:51 AM
ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota Air National Guard and the Soroptimist International of the Twin Cities partnered together to present the documentary film 'Girl Rising' at the 133rd Airlift Wing on Saturday, Nov 7 2015.
The event featured a C-130 tour for any of the attendees, which included girls as young as nine. Following the tour, the documentary film 'Girl Rising' was featured and ended with a panel discussion. Topics included overcoming obstacles, mentors and people who have inspired them along the way.
"I think events like this are essential in opening our doors to the community and raising awareness about important issues not only local, but around the world - often these are places many of our wing members have deployed to," said Master Sgt. Theresa Mensinger, Diversity and Inclusion Senior Non-commissioned officer.
Duluth's 148th Fighter Wing has new leader
Posted: 2015-11-16 07:47 AM
DULUTH, Minn. - With the handing-off of the 148th Fighter Wing's flag on Saturday, Col. Jon Safstrom has become the new wing commander.
The Duluth native assumed the leadership role from Col. Frank Stokes, who is leaving Duluth after leading the 148th for more than six years to become chief of current operations at the National Guard Bureau in Arlington, Va.
During Saturday's Change of Command Ceremony at the Minnesota Air National Guard base in Duluth, Stokes passed the flag of the 148th "Bulldogs" to Brig. Gen. David Hamlar, who then passed the flag to Safstrom, symbolizing the accepting of the command.