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133rd Airlift Wing Receives Resilience Training through First Hand Experience

Minnesota National Guard ST PAUL, Minn- Members of the 133rd Airlift Wing received a gripping presentation on the topic of resiliency during November drill from a man who has dealt with personal hardships in his life Mr Dave Roever, a Navy Veteran, suffered severe injuries that left him unrecognizable after a phosphorous grenade exploded near his face in Vietnam

Roever's harrowing account of how he ultimately triumphed over both physical and mental obstacles is what he shares worldwide as a message of hope The distinct scars that combat left on his face and body were only superficial compared to the battle he was fighting within - thoughts of ending his life was something Roever struggled with regularly when trying to get his life back together His personal motto that he attributes to Sir Winston Churchill is "Never, Never, NEVER Give Up"

Roever's personal story of resiliency is something that Airmen and Service members alike must take to heart when faced with obstacles in their journey ahead Never giving up hope, as daunting a problem may seem, is what every person must actively use to keep themselves physically fit and mentally strong

Although most issues can be dealt with internally, there are times when military members must turn to each other to get through a spot when hope feels like it's slipping The 133rd is good at being a family, said Chief Master Sgt Duke Lang, the 133rd's Master Resilience Trainer, "and when we say we are a family, we mean it" He goes further in saying that the stigma of feeling hopeless needs to be gone - when we are at the end of our rope, we need to ask for help from our wingmen and family

A few resources that military individuals can turn to are Family Assistance Centers, Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Network, Master Resilience Trainers, chaplain staff, supervisors and peers

November 19, 2014
by Tech Sgt Paul Santikko
133rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs



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"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.



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