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"Mike has raised readiness standards across the entire brigade," Elicerio said "He did this the old fashioned way - hard work and personal attention"
Huddleston, commissioned a second lieutenant in the Military Intelligence Branch in 1983, transitioned to the Minnesota National Guard in 1993 During his tenure, he held numerous positions, including battalion and brigade level training officer, brigade executive officer, director of army aviation and both battalion and brigade command positions
"Being the 34th Combat Aviation Brigade commander has been a very rewarding and humbling experience," Huddleston said "[My wife] Nancy and I want to welcome your new commander, Col Greg Thingvold, and his wife, Sara, back to the aviation community Col Thingvold is not new to the CAB and, in fact, has had several leadership positions, a deployment and tough assignments - all to prepare him for this command"
Thingvold entered military service in 1983 and earned his commission in 1987 Since becoming a helicopter pilot in 1989, Thingvold flew the UH-1 Huey, AH-1 Cobra and the UH-60 Black Hawk His previous posts included director of personnel for Joint Force Headquarters and command of several battalions
"Today is a day to celebrate the leadership team of Col Mike Huddleston along with his wife and Brigade Family Readiness Support leader, Nancy," Thingvold said "Thank you both for your dedicated service to this great organization and passing on to me and Sara a solid organization I am honored to be your next brigade commander Thank you Gen Elicerio for this opportunity, and I can simply say, 'Sara and I are ready'"
Posted: 2017-04-26 02:09 PM CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - The Department of Defense announced that Camp Ripley was selected as the winner of the Secretary of Defense Environmental Award for Natural Resources Conservation, Large Installation.
The awards recognize individuals, teams and installations for their exceptional environmental achievements and innovative, cost-effective environmental practices.
"The winners' efforts strengthen the Department of Defense's position as a resourceful environmental steward, both at home and abroad, and demonstrate our continued commitment to fulfilling mission needs through advanced environmental practices and technologies," stated James A. MacStravic, performing the duties of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics.
Posted: 2017-04-26 10:57 AM COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. - Staff Sgt. Nicquie Neely has been working with victims of sexual assault for four years in the Minnesota National Guard and also volunteers as a victim advocate in the community. As a victim advocate, it's her job to believe and support victims through a difficult process that can often involve extensive medical care and legal proceedings.
"Ever since I joined the Guard and heard about the SHARP program and learned what a victim advocate was, I always wanted to be one," said Neely. "And then I learned that you had to be an E-6 to be in that position, so the minute I got promoted I asked my commander if I could go to the training."
Neely is a combat medic and the full-time training and administration NCO with Company C, 134th Brigade Support Battalion. In addition to military victim advocate training, Neely also attends regular training with the civilian organization she volunteers for - SOS Sexual Violence Services in Ramsey County.
Posted: 2017-04-24 10:43 AM Washington - Members of the Minnesota National Guard and the Air Force Reserve traveled to Washington D.C. with the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (also known as the JCRC), to visit the Holocaust Museum, April 4, 2017, to honor the victims of the Holocaust. Also, traveling with this group were St. Paul and Minneapolis police officers along with students from various high schools around the state. For those in uniform that day, it was an opportunity to see, hear and experience the stories of victims and survivors of the Holocaust.
Each Service member who attended was asked to bring back a summary of their experience in the form of a presentation, professional discussion or briefing to their respective unit in order to help other Guard members better understand and remember that horrible event, to honor the courage of the victims and survivors, and to remain vigilant as members of the U.S. military.
"The honor and privilege of accompanying members of the Minnesota National Guard to the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. met so many goals," said Steve Hunegs, the executive director of the JCRC. "I wanted to reinforce the importance of the commitment of the U.S. military to democracy. After all, it was the Allies that defeated Nazi Germany and ultimately put an end to the Holocaust."
Posted: 2017-04-19 02:15 PM CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - It was a challenging and rewarding two weeks for members attending the Army National Guard Funeral Honors Instructor Course, April 1-14, at Camp Ripley.
Soldiers of National Guard units from all over the United States took part in the course designed to educate team leaders in a variety of funeral honor detail tasks, traditions and responsibilities.
"It's a stressful course, but for our job, we have to be prepared to do our job under stress; and we all really benefitted from that," said Class Honor Grad, Sgt. Ryan Valline of the 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry.