| 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
Minnesota National Guard and central Minnesota communities honor Memorial Day together
Posted: 2015-05-22 11:44 AM
CAMP RIPLEY - Garrison staff of Camp Ripley and other members of the Minnesota National Guard will take part in events this weekend honoring those who died in service to the United States.
"As members of the local community, we are honored to participate in Memorial Day events," said Lt. Col. Chad Sackett, deputy garrison commander at Camp Ripley. "It is right and fitting that we recognize and honor the service and sacrifice of those who died in service to our nation."
Minnesota National Guard members are speaking at events throughout the Memorial Day weekend. For those interested in attending a Memorial Day ceremony, here are a few of the listings for central Minnesota:
Fort Hood shooting victim's family receives posthumous Purple Heart medal
Posted: 2015-05-22 08:00 AM
ST. PAUL, Minn. - More than five years after Pfc. Kham See Xiong lost his life in a mass shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, the Xiong family received his Purple Heart in a Ceremony during Hmong American Day in St. Paul, Minn.
"Kham was an American Solider, a Hmong-American who raised his right hand and swore to defend the constitution of the United States, a Hero," said keynote speaker Brig. Gen. Kent D. Savre, Fort Leonard Wood commanding general. Savre served as commander of the 36th Engineer Brigade at Fort Hood during the attack.
Four hundred members of the Hmong and St. Paul community crowded into the Harriet Island Pavilion as rain fell, May 14, 2015, to witness the Purple Heart Ceremony.
148th Fighter Wing Excels at Combat Hammer
Posted: 2015-05-21 03:44 PM
HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah - Approximately 180 Airmen and Block 50 F-16's from the 148th Fighter Wing, Duluth, Minn. participated in an exercise known as Combat Hammer while at Hill AFB, Utah in early May 2015. Combat Hammer is a Weapons System Evaluation Program (WSEP) that evaluates weapon systems in their entirety.
While the exercise was about a week long for most 148FW Airmen, it was quite a bit longer for those Airmen actually building the bombs and missiles. "Typically, we are one of the first assets to show up at a deployment," said 2nd Lt. Mylii Pukema, 148FW Munitions Officer. "We show up about a week before most everyone else, so we can build up the weapons and have them ready when the jets arrive."
"It's a common misconception that weapons come already built," said Pukema. "Different weapons have different levels of configuration that have to happen. It can be a lot of detail that goes into configuring a weapon or it can be relatively simple, it just depends on the mission."
148FW Munition's Airmen were evaluated from the time the weapon came out of the box. How they practiced safety and followed tech data during the building of the weapon were key components to the evaluation process.
Red Bulls Welcome New Command Sergeant Major
Posted: 2015-05-17 10:38 AM
ROSEMOUNT, Minn. - Soldiers and family members of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division gathered at the division headquarters Sunday, May 17, 2015 to witness the change of responsibility of the Division command sergeant major.
"We are here to say thank you and farewell to Command Sgt. Maj. Joel Arnold and welcome Command Sgt. Maj. John Lepowsky as the new command sergeant major of the 34th Infantry Division," said Brig. Gen. Benjamin Corell, assistant division commander of maneuver.
According to General Baron Friedrich von Steuben, inspector general of the Continental Army in 1779, "The choice of non-commissioned officers is an object of greatest importance: The order and discipline of a regiment depends so much on their behavior, that too much care cannot be taken in preferring none to that trust but those who by their merit and good conduct are entitled to it."