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Minnesota National Guard honored for Hispanic outreach efforts

Minnesota National Guard Members of the Twin Cities Hispanic community recognized the Minnesota National Guard with the Hispanic Marketing Corporate Award during the 17th Annual Hispanic Marketing Conference in St Paul, May, 9, 2013

The award acknowledged the Minnesota National Guard's efforts to reach out to the Hispanic community and to actively recruit people of Hispanic and Latino heritage into its force For Fiscal Year 2013, the Minnesota National Guard was the first state in the nation to achieve its recruiting mission, including exceeding the diversity recruiting mission, with five more months of recruiting available In 2012, the Minnesota National Guard received the Director's Strength Maintenance Award for diversity recruiting

"This is the most active National Guard in the country to outreach to the Hispanic community," said Rick Aguilar, President of Aguilar Productions, which hosted the conference  "We want to thank you for that"

In April of last year the Minnesota National Guard participated in a Hispanic Immersion Tour in Minneapolis in partnership with Aguilar Production More than 20 recruiters toured several areas in the city to meet with Hispanic youth and become familiar with the local culture 

"You have been instrumental in introducing the Minnesota National Guard to the very vibrant Hispanic community," said Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General Richard C Nash

Maintaining a force which represents the demographics of the communities in Minnesota is one of Nash's top priorities as leader of the nation's fifth-largest Army National Guard force

"This award demonstrates that we care about, and more importantly, want to be able to continue to learn about and understand the Hispanic community," said Nash "From my perch this is a growing and important community in Minnesota and we're committed to continuing the association with all of you that are partnered with us here today"

During the ceremony, Nash recognized the contributions of the Latino and Hispanic members of the Minnesota National Guard

"The accomplishments of the Hispanic members of the Minnesota National Guard - your members - have been significant," said Nash "We are excited to continue to encourage and strengthen that bond with our Soldiers and our Airmen of Latino and Hispanic heritage"

May 9, 2013
Sgt. 1st Class Blair Heusdens
Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs

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