| To the last man, remembering Gettysburg
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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 p.m. 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 p.m. 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 Kristen.email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 651-282-4410.
Photo caption: Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton held a press conference at the state capitol to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg and the sacrifice of the First Minnesota Volunteer Regiment. As part of the celebration a delegation of Minnesotans will travel to the battlefield in Gettysburg, Penn. to rededicate the memorial statue of the First Minnesota.Speakers also included Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, Rep. Dean Urdahl and Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Richard Nash. Photo by Master Sgt. Daniel Ewer, Minnesota National Guard
The Minnesota National Guard hosts its first Joint Female Professional Development Training Symposium
Posted: 2015-04-16 05:26 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 16, 2015
ST. PAUL, Minn.-
More than 300 hundred Minnesota National Guard women will gather together for the first Joint Female Professional Development Training Symposium at Metropolitan State University on April 18, 2015.
"The day is going to be packed full of growth and development opportunities for skills advancement, communication/networking, career mapping, being a leader and competing in the arena," said Lt. Col. Barb Pazdernik, event coordinator.
Approximately 20 percent of Minnesota National Guard soldiers and airmen are women. With more than 13,000 members, it's no secret that more males are in leadership positions - but solutions are in place to change that.
Minnesota 'Purples Up' for Military Children
Posted: 2015-04-15 03:00 PM
Since 1986, the Department of Defense has celebrated April as the "Month of the Military Child", a recognition of the courage of and sacrifices made by children of military parents. More than 1.7 million American children under the age of 18 have at least one parent serving in the military many of whom have deployed several times.
"Month of the Military Child is great here in Minnesota," said the Minnesota National Guard's Family Programs Director Army Capt. Marian Belinski during a recent interview on Minnesota Military Radio. "We have phenomenal support from the government officials to our military leadership and the community in general."
Statewide Joining Community Forces - Minnesota events provide support for communities and military
Posted: 2015-04-14 08:53 AM
ST. PAUL, Minn. - "Each year Joining Community Forces events strengthen the synchronization of effort across the state in sharing resources and building partnerships in support of military-connected residents." said Minnesota National Guard Director of Military Outreach, Annette Kuyper.
Registration closes Wednesday, April 15, for both afternoon and evening meetings that are scheduled for Albert Lea on April 23; Alexandria on April 30; Willmar on May 7; Cloquet on May 14; and Richfield on May 20.
"These meetings are important to the Yellow Ribbon Networks because it allows them to learn about how other communities are connecting with Service members, veterans and military families as well as how to connect with resources they can tap into to support them," said Kuyper.
Minnesota National Guard recognizes April as sexual assault awareness month
Posted: 2015-04-13 03:49 PM
ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota National Guard Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program is working to increase intervention and ensure leaders at all levels are supportive of victims of sexual assault.
"We all joined the military for a reason and part of that underlying reason," said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jennifer Diaz, the Minnesota National Guard Sexual Assault Response Coordinator. "I think with a majority of people, you're here to keep people safe and defend people, so why wouldn't you put that into play with the people that you work next to every day?"
Intervention can play a key role in not just stopping sexual assaults as they are happening, but also stopping a situation before it escalates to the point of sexual assault. All Soldiers and Airmen in the Minnesota National Guard are taught to watch out for each other and to intervene when a situation seems to be inappropriate or when a person may be at risk.
"Intervening in something is very hard because we're in a time now where people tend to think, 'Well, just mind your own business, it doesn't concern you'," said Diaz. "So it's really just trying to get that comfort level up with anybody to be able to stop something that they think might not be right."