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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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