| 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 a.m. Friday, with visitation at 9 a.m. at Holcomb-Henry-Boom-Purcell Funeral Home, 515 Minnesota 96 W. in Shoreview.
Interment will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
By Katie Askew
Norwegian Home Guard gets inter-agency training
Posted: 2015-02-25 03:15 PM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn.- Soldiers of the Norwegian Home Guard conducted inter-agency training with state and local law enforcement, Feb. 12-23, 2015, at Camp Ripley.
"The training conducted by the Norwegian Rapid Reaction Force, or RRF, is based on the National Guard's focus of inter-agency cooperation in time of need," said Lt. Col. Bryce Erickson of the Minnesota National Guard.
The training was organized as part of the American-Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange; which is in its 42nd consecutive year between the Minnesota National Guard and the Norwegian Home Guard.
Minnesota, Norwegian service members retrace a successful mission, remember the terrible cost
Posted: 2015-02-24 10:14 AM
SNAASA, Norway- Airmen and Soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard participating in the 42nd American - Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange (NOREX) retraced the steps of U.S. and Norwegian special operators 70 years ago who, during the final months of World War II, waged a successful sabotage campaign against German forces occupying Norway.
The U.S. Service members, along with their Norwegian counterparts, completed a 12-mile trek on skis through mountainous terrain, as well as a reconnaissance of the Jorstad bridge and simulated demolition using signal flares. The field training exercise concluded, February 19, 2015, with a ceremony in honor of those who destroyed the bridge to stop the movement of German troops through Norway and a wreath-laying in memory of the 80 people who perished, January 13, 1945, when a train derailed into the icy water several hours after the demolition.
148th Fighter Wing 1st Sgt. Assists in Saving a Life
Posted: 2015-02-23 11:06 AM
DULUTH, Minn.- Whether he is performing his duties at the 148th Fighter Wing, Duluth, Minn., or volunteering as the Fire Chief for the Rice Lake Volunteer Fire Department, Senior Master Sgt. Scott Twining epitomizes the Air Force core value of "service before self".
As a member of the volunteer fire department and a first responder, Twining and the rest of the Rice Lake Fire Department team are often the first emergency response personnel to get to a scene. Twining estimates that 80 percent of their calls are for medical emergencies.
On Jan. 7, 2015, Twining and other members of the fire department responded to a call for help at a local business establishment. Upon their arrival, a male in his mid-fifties was collapsing from a heart attack. After a quick medical assessment, Twining and other team members set up a defibrillator and began to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
Sentry Savannah brings Minnesota brothers together
Posted: 2015-02-20 10:41 AM
SAVANNAH, Ga.- In the Guard, it is not unusual to have family members in the same unit. It is unusual, however, to have three brothers doing the same job for the same unit.
Staff Sgt. Michael Sirois, Senior Airman Patrick Sirois and Airman 1st Class Nicholas Sirois are F-16 Fighting Falcon crew chiefs with the 148th Fighter Wing, Duluth, Minn. and are participating in the 2015 Sentry Savannah 15-1 training exercise taking place Feb. 7-20 in Savannah, Ga.
Nicholas just got back from Crew Chief Technical School in July 2014 and Sentry Savannah was the first deployment the brothers had an opportunity to go on together.