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Minnesota National Guard holds first Pride month celebration

Minnesota National Guard ST PAUL, Minn- The Minnesota National Guard celebrated LGBT Pride Month with a presentation discussing diversity and equality in the current military climate, June 8, 2014 The discussion was led by Rebecca Waggoner, Anti-Violence Program Director for OutFront Minnesota Topics included LGBT language, the current climate for LGBT service members and the next steps moving forward

OutFront Minnesota's mission is to create a state where lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people are free to be who they are, love who they love, and live without fear of violence, harassment or discrimination

"This isn't a morality issue This is a making a better military issue" said Waggoner With the repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy on January 28, 2011, Service members were no longer subjected to administrative separation based solely on their sexual orientation Also, since the repeal, military members and retirees with same-sex partners are now qualified for housing, medical and dental benefits

Col John Kolb, Minnesota National Guard Chief of Staff, expressed the importance of discussing diversity and inclusion in today's military

"This is a really important day and we have an opportunity now to look at inclusion," Kolb said "Twenty-seven years ago, I never imagined that I would have a commander, at the Adjutant General level, saying that this is a definite priority across the state"

Same-sex marriage has only been legalized in Minnesota since August 1, 2013 All of the policy change surrounding Service member's sexual orientation has happened in less than three years This rapid shift in military climate does require educating military members with events like today's celebration of LGBT Pride Month "I know many gay and lesbian Soldiers that I've served with over parts of my career," stated Kolb "They were tremendous Soldiers, they served proudly, but they were stifled by a policy that was unfair to their individuality"

In the end, a Service member is a Service member, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation

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

June 9, 2014
by Sgt Dajon Ferrell
Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs



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Governor Mark Dayton installs new Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General

Posted: 2017-11-04  04:16 PM
TAG installation ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton administered the oath of office to Maj. Gen. Jon A. Jensen, installing him as the Minnesota National Guard's 31st Adjutant General during a ceremony in St. Paul, November 4, 2017.

"General Jensen has been a tremendous leader of the Minnesota National Guard throughout his years of dedicated service," said Governor Dayton. "He has served in two top leadership positions, as the Commanding General of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, and also as the Chief of Staff at the Guard's Joint Force Headquarters. I am confident that he will continue to provide the same outstanding leadership as his predecessor, General Rick Nash."

Jensen most recently served as the Commanding General of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division. He previously held positions as Deputy Commanding General, United States Army Africa and Southern European Task Force, Minnesota National Guard Director of the Joint Staff and Minnesota National Guard Assistant Adjutant General - Army.



Guard Heritage Suffers with Loss of Artillery Unit

Posted: 2017-10-04  11:22 AM
ETAB ANOKA, Minn. - The Minnesota National Guard lost one of its most historically significant units when the 151st Artillery's E Battery, (Target Acquisition) cased its colors in a ceremony at the Anoka High School Aug. 19, 2017.

The Target Acquisition Battery (ETAB), 151st Field Artillery is one of the oldest and most decorated units in the Minnesota National Guard and the 34th Infantry Division. "Both Minnesota and the Division lose the proud lineage that goes back to Civil War days, through WW1 and WW2, and had a significant amount of battle streamers," said 151st Field Artillery Battalion Commander, Lt. Col. Patrick Cornwell.

The 151st Field Artillery draws its lineage from the 1st Regiment, Minnesota Heavy Artillery of 1864 which fought two major campaigns in Tennessee during the Civil War.



In one month: Minnesota Guardsmen support Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria

Posted: 2017-09-29  02:25 PM
Minnesota National Guard ST. PAUL, Minn. - In the span of a few weeks, three major hurricanes hit different parts of the southern United States, causing widespread damage and destruction and requiring the response of agencies around the country. The Minnesota National Guard is one of the many organizations that have responded, sending Soldiers and Airmen to Texas, Florida, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

"This is the most gratifying deployment of my career," said Capt. Jeremy Maxey with the 133rd Airlift Wing who was called back from his vacation early to go to the Virgin Islands. "It means a lot to be able to actually directly help people. It's why I serve. Throughout my career I've deployed numerous times, but this is the one where you actually see the people you serve."

The start of the month brought the first request for assistance. On Sept. 1, two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and 11 personnel from the St. Cloud-based B Company, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 211th Aviation Regiment left for Texas following Hurricane Harvey to transport personnel and equipment in support of response efforts.



Finding fellowship in the sacred mission

Posted: 2017-09-26  12:02 PM
Minnesota National Guard CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - One of the most difficult, most sacred, honorable duties in the military is one that people don't often think about. It takes compassion, empathy, care, and requires great resilience. It is one that when called upon to train for, they hope to rarely perform because it means another Soldier has been lost. It is the duty of casualty notification officer and casualty assistance officer.

About 45 Minnesota Army National Guard Soldiers came to Camp Ripley, Minnesota, on September 21-22, 2017, for a Reset Seminar to find fellowship in one specific thing they have in common: delivering the worst news in the Army.

When a Soldier dies at home or overseas, CNOs and CAOs must notify and help families through the process, including paperwork, benefits, and funeral arrangements.



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