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Minnesota National Guard Hosts Women's Equality Event

Minnesota National Guard CAMP RIPLEY, Minn- Several guest speakers from around the state joined Soldiers and Airmen of the Minnesota National Guard at the Hanger Conference Center on Camp Ripley, July 20, 2014, for a Women's Equality Day event

Service members from multiple units attended the event focused on issues surrounding women's equality and the necessary steps to take in moving forward to improve these issues

"It's about reducing barriers of not only the group but for those that are not aware of their own personal barriers," said Air National Guard Master Sgt Theresa Mensinger, Minnesota National Guard Special Emphasis Program manager

The topics of discussion included the gender-pay gap and the common roles women play in areas of work force Many women, according to recent polls, seek caregiver or service-oriented jobs that often fall in the lower wage range as opposed to careers held by men Other causes for the gap include supervisor's bias, choice of occupation and number of hours worked as factors contributing to the differences in female wages

"Minnesota leads the nation with 79% of women within the workforce, but over 60% of low-wage workers are women," said Barbara Battiste, Director for the Legislative Office on the Economic Status of Women

"This isn't a new topic," said Brig Gen Neal Loidolt, Commander of the 34th Infantry Division "We have an advantage of being paid the same regardless of our gender here in the military, but we need to recognize the limitations affecting our fellow Soldiers," he added

Both men and women were encouraged to participate in confidence-building exercises given by Ms Patty Tanji, President of the Pay Equity Coalition of Minnesota These exercises were used to allow strength and creativity which can be used as tools for advancement in the workplace The increase of awareness in one's own self and the abilities that can be reached are the first steps in seeking a better career field

"This is about building communitiesget out there with your ideas and start creating companies," said Reprehensive Ron Kresha of Legislative District 9B

Kresha encouraged the strengths we have in each other as a way to reduce the barriers of gender in the workplace Legislative initiatives to increase skilled laborers and workers can only go so far "The steps needed to take are individuals seeking better training for better jobs," added Kresha

"It's time to take the lid off and share the great talents we all have, both men and women," said Senator Paul Gazelka of District 9

August 26th will mark the anniversary of women's suffrage and the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920

August 5, 2014
by Staff Sgt Anthony Housey
Camp Ripley Public Affairs



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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.



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"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."

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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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