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"This will help finalize the deployment roster, and ensure essential personnel are ready to go," said 1st Lt Melanie Nelson, 34th Infantry Division admin officer
Organized and executed by the staff of the Minnesota Medical Detachment, the multi-station event recognized possible issues and allowed for immediate corrections of medical and personnel issues
"Making sure that Soldiers and their families are equipped and prepared for upcoming deployment saves them from any confusion that may happen while mobilized," said Sgt 1st Class Kathryn Reed of the division staff
Units of the Minnesota National Guard have utilized Maj Gen Chester Moeglein Hall as a Mobilization Deployment Readiness Exercise, MODRE or SRP, site since the first Minnesota units were mobilized following Sept 11, 2001 The collective processing and information review of all unit members at the same time in one location allows best use of medical, dental, financial and administrative resources
"Soldiers are in and out as soon as possible as to not impact training," said Nelson "Any quick fixes or corrections are made without wasting precious time"
"The availability of all the resources on Camp Ripley made the entire operation a 'one-stop shop' for Soldiers working to stay mission ready," said Lt Col Charles Kemper, operations officer for the 34th Infantry Division
Civilian contractors were utilized by units during the SRP for assistance in medical and dental tasks process as part of a cooperative program with the Minnesota Joint Force Headquarters Mobile dental teams reacted to easy, quick fixes in order to allow Soldiers to meet their readiness before mobilization
The SRP processed nearly 300 personnel the first day and an additional 500 personnel over the next two days including the marking and inventory of equipment and issue of mission-specific items
January 10, 2015 by Staff Sgt Anthony Housey
34th Infantry Division Public Affairs
Posted: 2017-04-19 02:15 PM CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - It was a challenging and rewarding two weeks for members attending the Army National Guard Funeral Honors Instructor Course, April 1-14, at Camp Ripley.
Soldiers of National Guard units from all over the United States took part in the course designed to educate team leaders in a variety of funeral honor detail tasks, traditions and responsibilities.
"It's a stressful course, but for our job, we have to be prepared to do our job under stress; and we all really benefitted from that," said Class Honor Grad, Sgt. Ryan Valline of the 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry.
Posted: 2017-04-18 01:42 PM ROSEMOUNT, Minn. - The Soldiers of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division had a unique opportunity to speak with one of the U.S. Army's five Muslim chaplains April 7-10, 2017. U.S. Army Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Khallid Shabazz, I Corps deputy command chaplain, travelled from Fort Lewis, Washington, to Minnesota to provide professional development for the division chaplain section.
"Soldiers perform at a higher level when they are spiritually fit," said Minnesota National Guard Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Buddy Winn, the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division command chaplain. "And, it's our job as chaplains to make sure Soldiers have their spiritual needs met, regardless of faith. Having Chaplain Shabazz here as a Muslim Chaplain provides the diversity in religious background that we can't provide internally."
There are five major religions supported by the chaplaincy: Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist, but over 200 religions are recognized. Chaplains can only perform services for their particular religion, but they can provide support for all Soldiers, regardless of their faith.
Posted: 2017-04-14 04:25 PM ST. PAUL, Minn. - For the third consecutive year, Minnesota service members were honored with on-court recognition and other VIP treatments as part of the Minnesota Timberwolves Heroes of the Pack Program.
"We are very appreciative for what the military does for us, and we wanted to give something back to honor the military," said Roger McCabe, who along with wife, Nancy, is a driving force behind the recognitions through the FastBreak Foundation and Roger & Nancy McCabe Foundation. "This is our way of doing it."
Having lived through the Vietnam War - and with Roger and Nancy both having parents who served - the two philanthropists decided a few years back to build upon existing recognition efforts already underway by the Timberwolves. And with that, recognitions that were typically happening at Target Center in November expanded to include Minnesota Service members from all branches at every home game - a total of 41 honorees per season.
"It was a lot of work and lessons learned, but it was awesome seeing the completed product," said Sgt. 1st Class Brian Reiten, readiness non-commissioned officer for C Co., 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry.