| 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.firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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
Local rails get Guard to mission
Posted: 2015-07-02 01:09 PM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - Across the state of Minnesota, more than 4,500 miles of active railroad track is used to move material, equipment and passengers - an extension of a system which started on May 22, 1857.
"Burlington Northern - Santa Fe Railway has a rich history supporting our military, reaching back to the Civil War. Today BNSF still works closely with the Department of Defense to coordinate movement of large equipment by rail, including to and from Camp Ripley, near Little Falls," said Amy McBeth, a spokesperson for Burlington Northern - Santa Fe.
In addition to three classifications of railway systems, the federal government identified a system of railroads for the purpose of moving government equipment to support the defense of the United States.
851st Vertical Engineer Company Raises the Roof
Posted: 2015-07-01 08:49 AM
RACINOVIC, Croatia -Members of the 851st Vertical Engineer Company, in conjunction with the Croatian Army and United States European Command, have partnered together to help the small village of Racinovic, Croatia.
The area was hit last year by disastrous flooding that destroyed many of the homes and farms. The closest dam broke, leaving the area under many feet of water and nearly everyone stranded and forced to evacuate.
The Office of Defense Cooperation and Humanitarian Civic Assistance Program helped provide labor, supplies and the people for communities in need all over the world. For this particular project, more than 30 Minnesota National Guardsmen have joined forces with their Croatian counterparts to rebuild the roof of the community center in less than three weeks.
Minnesota National Guard participates in Pride Festival
Posted: 2015-06-30 09:49 AM
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - In observance of LGBT Pride Month the Minnesota National Guard's 347th Regional Support Group hosted a booth at the Minneapolis Pride Festival in Loring Park, June 27-28, 2015, with volunteers from the 147th/247th Financial Management Support Detachments.
According to tcpride.org, "Twin Cities Pride is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit Minnesota corporation that brings the greater LGBT community together to commemorate our diverse heritage, foster inclusion, educate and create awareness of issues, and celebrate achievements in equality."
For many onlookers at the festival, there was an element of surprise with the Minnesota National Guard's presence, but it didn't take long for the outpouring of appreciation and support from the community.
Large-scale exercises test 1/34th ABCT
Posted: 2015-06-29 08:42 AM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - In a simultaneous fashion while rolling up to the firing line, Soldiers man the crew-served and main gun weapon systems onboard their M1A1 Abrams tanks and identify targets at Camp Ripley Training Center on June 16, 2015 - the first drill of its kind for some Soldiers of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division.
"While my gunner is firing on a target, my tank commander is engaging a truck using his .50 cal., and I see rounds flying from our wingman who's engaging a tank way out there," said Spc. Ted Coy, an Abrams driver with 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry Regiment. "Seeing all the tracer rounds cross while our platoon is firing at different targets at the same time is one of the coolest things I've ever seen."
The gunnery and maneuver exercise that Coy and his platoon conducted was one of the many integrated training events the 1st ABCT has been conducting during its Exportable Combat Training Capabilities exercises - a training period spanning from May 2015 to August 2015.