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Minnesota National Guard
Operation Synergy empowers Service members toward personal growth

Minnesota National Guard For Soldiers and Airmen in the Minnesota National Guard, balancing military life with civilian life can bring on its own set of challenges and experiences Operation Synergy aims to help Service members from all branches to empower themselves to manifest their own reality, instead of letting complacency dictate their life

With training demands, drill weekends, deployments and daily mission requirements, it's important for Service members to be proactive, rather than reactive By bringing in speakers from various companies, organizations and backgrounds, Operation Synergy unites Service members through education and growth

"The idea for Operation Synergy came from my own experiences of wanting to be a dedicated and driven Soldier, but also balancing that with being a single mom and small business owner," said Staff Sgt Dajon Ferrell, founder of Operation Synergy "I had many mentors and other resources that taught me how to use my body, mind and spirit to improve my efficiency, effectiveness and overall happiness"

Remaining mission-ready refers to more than just showing up and doing your job There are many contributing factors, so topics change monthly The group is open to Service members from all branches Some topics include:

• Balancing work priorities and military missions with your family life
• How to present yourself with confidence and professionalism when stepping into a meeting or new situation
• Overhauling your nutrition and workout routine to maximize your energy and performance
• Mind and body awareness practices that will allow you to engage in life, instead of react to it

"I enjoy going because the speakers are very inspirational," said Spc Lydia Rivera "They've dealt with real-life issues and give first-hand advice that could be used for any aspect in life, whether it be military or civilian" Not only is it motivation, but it also pumps you up for the month until the next meet-up

Need a morale boost? Ready to empower yourself to live your best life? Come join us at Operation Synergy You can find more information by visiting the Operation Synergy, Facebook page

May 10, 2013
By Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs



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Minnesota National Guard FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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"This competition will test the soldiers' ability to perform tasks that are vital to our ability to fight and win our nation's wars," said Command Sgt. Maj. Douglas Wortham, senior enlisted advisor for the Minnesota National Guard. "We will push them to their limits to test their endurance, strength and resilience - qualities that our soldiers must possess to be successful."

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Posted: 2017-07-07  09:18 AM
Minnesota National Guard FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 7, 2017

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Members of the local media and the public are invited to cheer on the soldiers as they finish the road march. Well-wishers can come to the Mary Gibbs Welcome Center, 36750 Main Park Drive, Park Rapids, MN, 56470, on Thursday, July 20, at 8:00 a.m. and are encouraged to bring signs or flags to line the route to the finish line.

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