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Minnesota National Guard launches Pink Tank Project

Minnesota National Guard FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 27

ST PAUL, Minn- To build breast cancer awareness for all women, the Minnesota National Guard is launching the Pink Tank Project on Tuesday for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

"Improving wellness in our service members aligns with our priorities and the Pink Tank Project assists in keeping us a competent and ready force," said Army Maj. Gen. Richard C Nash, Minnesota National Guard's Adjutant General

"This project is to build breast cancer awareness for all women whether they wear the uniform or not," said Army Maj Kristen L Auge, Minnesota National Guard's Deputy Director of Public Affairs "The Pink Tank Project is a promise - a promise to yourself to conduct monthly self-breast exams and have mammograms as recommended by your health care provider"

"Three women with ties to the Minnesota National Guard and whose lives have been forever changed by breast cancer are featured in this project," said Aug? "Throughout the month, their stories and a special breast cancer awareness video will launch on the Minnesota National Guard's Pink Tank Project webpage"

"We are inviting people to join the Pink Tank Project by liking us on Facebook," said Army Sgt Cassie Mecuk, a soldier in the Minnesota National Guard who is battling breast cancer for the third time "By joining our Facebook site, you will receive monthly reminders to conduct your self-breast exams"

"Why a tank? Like a tank, we are strong, but not invincible," said Mecuk

Editors: Contact Maj Aug? at 651-268-8961 or Kristenlaugemil@mail.mil to schedule interviews with women touched by breast cancer or Pink Tank Project participants

For more information on the Minnesota National Guard's Pink Tank Project, visit www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org/pinktank

Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pinktankproject

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

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