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Minnesota Guardsman takes pride in her cultural heritage

Minnesota National Guard BLOOMINGTON, Minn - In order to carry on the legacy of her late grandfather, an Army veteran, and to prove to her family that she can not only do it, but also that she will exceed at it, Spc Carissa J Mero, a human resource specialist for the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, enlisted in the Army National Guard

She thrives when she is given an assignment and brings forth perseverance by finishing tasks in a timely manner whether it is making ID cards for fellow Soldiers or reviewing military award recommendations Her dedication and professionalism have made an impression on not only the Soldiers in her unit but also on her younger female cousins

"I feel that it is very important that I am setting an example for my younger cousins," said Mero "I'm helping them realize that they can do whatever they want if they are willing to put forth the effort"

Mero's enlistment in the Minnesota National Guard has also made an impact on the way in which her culture views her It was not that long ago she was perceived as just a young girl, yet today her image is that of an empowered woman

As a member of the Minnesota National Guard, Mero realized that her Puerto Rican culture is well respected and her fellow Soldiers treat her no different than they would anyone else, she said

Outside of her drill weekends and on a larger scale, Mero has seen the Minnesota National Guard involved in her community functions like the St Paul annual Cinco de Mayo celebration This joint community outreach makes her proud not only as a Puerto Rican but also as a member of the Minnesota National Guard

"It is important that we treat each other the same, from the top down because that is how impressions are made on soldiers and I think that our leadership does a great job of treating everyone as equals," said Mero

The Minnesota National Guard has taken an active role in diversifying the force, which has and will continue to benefit the Minnesota Guard as cultural diversity expands

"We are committed to fostering an environment that truly represents the demographics of the communities in which we serve We must reflect those whom we lead, serve and protect," said Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Richard C Nash

February 19, 2014
by Pfc William Boecker
1st Armored Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs



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Month of the Military Child recognizes contributions of military kids

Posted: 2018-04-07  01:54 PM
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April 7, 2018

ST. PAUL, Minn.- The month of April is designated as the Month of the Military Child to recognize the contributions and sacrifices military children make so their family members can serve. An estimated 15,000 children in Minnesota have been affected by the deployment of a parent.

"Military children bear a lot while their family members serve," said Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen, Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard. "It is up to us to support these resilient kids and help to lessen their burden."

An event to honor military kids in Minnesota will take place April 13, 2018, at the Mall of America rotunda from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Activities will include appearances by the Teddy Bear Band and meet and greets with Nickelodeon characters.



Forging a path to career success

Posted: 2018-03-16  08:45 AM
Col. Angela Steward-Randle ST. PAUL, Minn. - Col. Angela Steward-Randle grew up in a military family - her father served in the Army on active duty - but it was a chance encounter with a friend at college that led her to want to make the military a career.

"My story is no different than many others," Steward-Randle, the Director of Human Resources, Manpower and Personnel for the Minnesota National Guard said. "I was in college and looking for financial resources to help pay for it."

Her college friend suggested they attend a summer training with the Reserve Officer Training Corps that had no obligation and could earn them some money. The friend never ended up going, but Steward-Randle did. After earning recognition as the top honor graduate and receiving an offer of a scholarship, she was hooked.



Minnesota Guardsman Receives Award for Combating Drugs in his Community

Posted: 2018-03-09  03:13 PM
Counterdrug WOODBURY, Minn. - Staff Sgt. Benjamin Kroll, an analyst with the Minnesota National Guard's Counterdrug Task Force who is assigned to work with the Hennepin County Sherriff's Office was recognized for his achievements as the Analyst of the Year during the 2018 Minnesota Association of Crime and Intelligence Analysts Training Symposium in Woodbury, Minnesota, March 7, 2018.

Through a partnership with Minnesota law enforcement agencies throughout the state, the Minnesota National Guard Counterdrug Task Force (MNCDTF) supports the anti-drug initiatives to counter all primary drug threats and vulnerabilities through the effective application of available assets, said Maj. Jon Dotterer, Counterdrug Coordinator for the State of Minnesota. The goal for the program is to support federal, state, tribal, and local agencies in the detection, disruption, interdiction, and curtailment of illicit drugs.

Kroll is one of sixteen service members on the Counterdrug Task Force that provides this force-multiplying service to our communities against illicit drug-use. With the information that law enforcement provide through their patrols and daily operations, Kroll and his colleagues across the state assist by putting together a figurative picture with all of the gathered information which aids in identifying how to move forward with legal action to deter or prevent the sale or use of illegal narcotic drugs.



Women Opened Doors in Minnesota National Guard

Posted: 2018-03-08  09:05 AM
Minnesota National Guard ST. PAUL, Minn. - "The battlefront is no place for women to be," said Command Sgt. Maj. Earl Kurtzweg, 125th Field Artillery, in an article published in 1976. "There are certain jobs girls say they can do, but they just can't do ... the battlefront is no place for women to be. Other countries in the world use women in combat, but the U.S. has not come around to that way of thinking." Kathy Berg, a New Ulm reporter summarized at the time. "So women in the New Ulm unit take care of personnel files and pay records and leave the fighting to the men."

The Minnesota National Guard has "come around to that way of thinking" since those early days of gender integration. In the last 44 years women have made momentous strides toward inclusion and acceptance. Their accomplishments are testimony to their fortitude and the progressive development of the Minnesota National Guard.

When an accomplished female Soldier is credited with breaking barriers she will often pass that honor to the women that preceded her. Brig. Gen. Johanna Clyborne is such a leader. She acknowledges that she is one of the first females in the Minnesota National Guard who has held key leadership roles, however she sees it differently. "I feel responsible for all women in uniform," said Clyborne. "Women before me opened the door, now I've cleared the room. It's up to the women behind me to hold the room."



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