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To the last man, remembering Gettysburg

Minnesota National Guard FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 1

ST PAUL, Minn - Minnesota National Guard's Adjutant General, Army Maj Gen Richard C Nash is scheduled to retrace the steps of the First Minnesota Regiment in Pennsylvania for the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg from Monday to Wednesday

"I will meet Alabama National Guard's Adjutant General, Maj Gen Perry Smith, at the exact spot that Minnesota and Alabama soldiers met each other 150 years ago on the Gettysburg Battleground," said Nash

"To stand where the First Minnesota fought valiantly for the Union effort is a way to honor our state's first federally recognized soldiers and to represent those who serve Minnesota today," said Nash

"Maj Gen Nash is a member of an official 80-member Minnesota Historical Society Civil War Commemoration Task Force, led by Minnesota's Secretary of State Mark Richie," said Army Maj Kristen L Auge, Minnesota National Guard's Deputy Director of Public Affairs

"While Maj Gen Nash is in Gettysburg, a ceremony will occur at Cannon Falls Cemetery with approximately 30 soldiers comprised mostly of Minnesota National Guard's 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry Regiment" said Auge "This battalion traces its linage to the First Minnesota"

"The event will include a description of the battle by reading the Plum Run report," said Auge "It will be followed by a wreath laying ceremony on Col William Colvill's Memorial and conclude with a traditional rifle salute Colvill led the First Minnesota in the Battle of Gettysburg"

"Our predecessors had no way of knowing that 150 years later a new breed of citizen-soldier would continue to answer the call to preserve freedom for our state and nation," said Nash

Members of the media and the general public are invited to attend the commemorative ceremony Tuesday, July 2 at 7:30 pm at the Cannon Falls Cemetery located across the street from the Cannon Falls Elementary School Please see the attached map Event parking will be located at the Cannon Falls Elementary School, 820 E Minnesota St, Cannon Falls, Minn Members of the media are invited for live remotes beginning at 4 pm with Jeff Hohman, producer of the First Minnesota documentary and Bill Semans, director of the film Please contact Maj Aug? at 952-913-5979 or Kristenlaugemil@mail.mil to schedule an interview

Follow the 150th Anniversary events occurring at Gettysburg and Cannon Falls at http://picasaweb.google.com/minnesotanationalguard

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs at mn.ng.web@mail.mil or call 651-282-4410 -30-




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Posted: 2016-08-26  03:01 PM
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Posted: 2016-08-25  03:26 PM
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More than 150 Soldiers from the Minnesota Army National Guard's 682nd Engineer Battalion will return to Willmar Saturday following a mobilization in support of Operation Spartan Shield.

"The Soldiers of Task Force Wild excelled in their mission, and were recognized across the theater for their hard work and dedication," said Lt. Col. Keith Ferdon, battalion commander. "I couldn't be prouder of how our Soldiers represented the State of Minnesota."

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Posted: 2016-08-19  01:53 PM
Minnesota National Guard FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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ST. PAUL, Minn.- With the implementation of the "REAL ID Act" going into effect at Department of Defense installations nationwide, access will no longer be granted to Minnesotans carrying standard state-issued identification cards. Beginning this week, Minnesota residents will be required to have an approved escort or use alternative forms of identification to access the following installations:

- 133rd Airlift Wing, St. Paul
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Without a 'Real ID,' access will be granted only to individuals with an approved escort (i.e. a service member with a Common Access Card), or carrying one of the approved alternative forms of acceptable ID.



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