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Maj. Gen. Nash Receives Prominent Norwegian Military Award

Minnesota National Guard OSLO, Norway - Norway's Chief of Defense, General Harald Sunde presented Army Maj. Gen. Richard Nash the Norwegian Defense Service Medal with Laurel Branch on Saturday, Feb 23, 2013 in Norway 

The Vice Chief of the National Guard Bureau, Air Force Lt Gen Joseph L Lengyel was in attendance for this award presentation at a Norwegian banquet in Oslo celebrating the 40th United States/Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange 

The Norwegian Exchange or NOREX between the Minnesota National Guard and the Norwegian Home Guard began in 1974  This exchange is the longest-running military exchange partnership between any two nations

Maj. Gen. Nash, Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard was awarded the Norwegian Defense Service Medal with Laurel Branch for excellent and visionary leadership, which has further developed and strengthened the fine cooperation and strong relations between the Minnesota National Guard and the Norwegian Home Guard

"I am honored to receive this prestigious award on behalf of the thousands of Minnesota National Guard and Norwegian Home Guard Service members who have participated in this valuable exchange over the last 40 years   National Guard Citizen Soldiers and Airmen are an important component to solidifying peaceful and prosperous relationships with American allies and friends around the world," said Nash 

Sunde, the chief of defense for Norway, is the highest-ranking officer of the Norwegian military, second only to the king of Norway  In addition to acting as Norway's NATO military committee representation, he is the top advisor to the Norwegian government regarding military issues

Each year approximately 100 Soldiers and Airmen from the Minnesota National Guard and a like number of Norwegian Home Guard soldiers and youth participate in this two week military exchange  

Minnesota troops arrived in Norway just before sunrise on Feb 14th and Norwegian Soldiers arrived in Minnesota the same day    

Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs
Feb 27, 2013



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