/*********************************************** * 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
Veteran Reintegration Focus of Central Minnesota Forum

Minnesota National Guard ST CLOUD, Minn- US Army (Ret) Col David Sutherland made an appearance in Central Minnesota Mar 13 to discuss and explore innovative ways and means to deliver services to military veterans and their families 

A decorated veteran of two wars, Sutherland, the director of the Staff Sgt Donnie Dixon Center in Washington DC, had this to say “While public-private partnerships can be powerful private, civic, and community partnerships can often be accomplished quicker and be more effective”

Sutherland gave an impassioned plea for a call to action at the conclusion of his hour-long presentation  He urged the audience of over 100 people not to repeat the mistakes from the Vietnam era by shunning and ignoring returning vets  He said, “The number one cure for a vet who is feeling disconnected when returning from combat is integration into the community” 

The director added, “It is about abilities and not disabilities” He stressed that too often people focus on what may be wrong with a veteran instead of focusing on what unique skills and attributes she/he may add to an employment setting, workforce or community 

Sutherland’s presentation was sponsored in part by Goodwill-Easter Seals – Minnesota and the Newman’s Own Foundation  According to conference literature the overarching goal of the program is to mobilize communities nationwide by mapping, planning, assessing and evaluating the current state of veterans and military family services or lack thereof  The end-state of the effort is to increase services and access to education, employment and healthcare for veterans and their families 

The Central Minnesota area has been involved in reintegration efforts since 2007  Six years ago the Warrior to Citizen group was formed after a series of public forums spearheaded by community and civic leaders who wanted to do more for returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans  Three years later, Central Minnesota became the first Beyond the Yellow Ribbon region in the State of Minnesota tying together the cities of Cold Spring, Richmond, Rockville, Sartell, St Augusta, St Cloud, St Joseph, Sauk Rapids and Waite Park in outreach efforts to all veterans and their families 

By  Maj John Donovan
Camp Ripley Public Affairs Office
March 13, 2013



Download photos





Articles archive

In The News archive

Media Advisory archive

Latest News

Minnesota State Fair Military Appreciation Day to recognize women veterans

Posted: 2018-08-27  12:34 PM
Minnesota National Guard FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 27, 2018

ST. PAUL, Minn.- The Minnesota State Fair's eighth annual Military Appreciation Day will take place Tuesday, August 28, and provide an educational opportunity for all fairgoers to learn about Minnesota's military community. This year's theme is honoring Minnesota's women veterans.

"The Minnesota State Fair is a great opportunity to bring our community together to show appreciation for the service and sacrifice of our state's veterans," said Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen, The Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard. "This year, I am proud to stand with women veterans as we highlight their stories and contributions to our armed forces."



Minnesota Guardsmen learn survival skills, train with Norwegian counterparts

Posted: 2018-07-03  01:36 PM
NOREX 45 Over the course of 10 days, 100 Soldiers and Airmen from the Minnesota National Guard who traveled to Norway June 17-26, 2018, for the 45th Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange learned valuable survival skills and shared their knowledge with members of the Norwegian Home Guard. This year's exchange was the second to take place during the summer months in the history of the longest-running military partnership between two nations.

"It was a great experience for both the Minnesota National Guard and the Norwegian Home Guard," said Capt. 'Kiwi' HorgA�ien, the senior Norwegian instructor. "A cultural exchange, a social exchange and military exchange all packed into one."

The 45th exchange got off to a late start, with flight delays causing the trip to be shortened from its normal length of two weeks. The delay meant that the Minnesota Guardsmen jumped right into training, heading out to the field after just a few hours of sleep.



133rd Airlift Wing Emphasizes Combat Readiness Training

Posted: 2018-06-29  10:48 AM
Alpena ALPENA, Michigan - Approximately 300 U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 133rd Airlift Wing participated in a readiness exercise at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Alpena, Mich.

The exercise, tagged as Iron Ore, was designed test the Airmen abilities to set up operations at an unfamiliar location and receive in depth training on Ability-To-Survive and Operate (ATSO) principles while supporting airlift and aeromedical flight operations.

To ensure mission success and readiness, Airmen had to complete training at home station prior to leaving for Alpena. Some of this training included weapons qualification, gas mask fit testing, Mission Oriented Protective Posture (MOPP) familiarization, self-aid and buddy care and career field training.



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."



Article archive
 
top