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While in front of her company formation presenting awards and promotions to Soldiers in her unit last weekend, Division Headquarters Battalion Commander, Lt Col Carl Fassbender announced that she too was an award winner Fassbender, a 2001 MacArthur Award winner, nominated Manke for the award
"Captain Manke understands duty, lives honor and is dedicated to country," Fassbender said in his nomination letter "She is a leader at every battalion function, from unit training assemblies to volunteer team building opportunities She works to ensure all Soldiers understand the responsibility that service to country includes, and she holds them accountable"
The MacArthur Award recognizes company grade officers from the active Army, National Guard and Army Reserve who demonstrate the ideals for which General MacArthur stood for Only six officers and one warrant officer from the Army National Guard are recognized each year
"Duty, Honor, Country: Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be They are your rallying point to build courage when courage seems to fail, to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith, to create hope when hope becomes forlorn," said General of the Army Douglas MacArthur to the cadets of the US Military Academy in 1962
"She helps Soldiers understand that when they put the uniform on, they are representing the Red Bulls, the Minnesota Army National Guard, and the US Army," said Fassbender
Manke is no stranger to recognition In September 2014, she was recognized by the Minnesota Humanities Center with the Veteran's Voice Award which recognizes Minnesota veterans who have honorably served and are making extraordinary contributions to their community
Manke will be recognized in Washington DC, with 27 of her peers, in a ceremony later this summer
Other Minnesota Army National Guard winners over the years include: Lt Col Amanda Digre, 1998; Col Robert Intress, 2000; Lt Col Fassbender, 2001; Lt Col Charles Kemper, 2002; Lt Col Jason Benson, 2004; Chief Warrant Officer four (retired) Pamela Howell, 2004; Lt Col Scott Rohweder, 2006; and Maj Lukas Wright, 2012
Douglas MacArthur was an American five-star general and Field Marshal of the Philippine Army He was Chief of Staff of the United States Army during the 1930s and played a prominent role in the Pacific theater during World War II
March 10, 2015 by 1st Lt Melanie Nelson
Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs
Posted: 2017-03-24 10:19 AM CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - Every spring Camp Ripley begins its annual controlled burn program to help reduce the risk of wildfire during training.
"Usually the burns are completed every spring before the summer annual training season begins," said Tim Notch, training area coordinator on Camp Ripley. "However, the warmer weather conditions provide a nice opportunity for preventative burns earlier this season."
As in years past Camp Ripley will conduct controlled burns on approximately 13,000 acres of the 53,000-acre military reservation. The burns are done in coordination with the staffs of the Camp Ripley Department of Public Works and the Camp Ripley Environmental Department along with support from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Posted: 2017-03-23 09:46 AM DULUTH, Minn. - Pfc. Trevor Nelson received the Minnesota Distinguished Recruiting Ribbon and a Minnesota Recruiting and Retention Battalion medallion for excellence from Command Sgt. Maj. Curtis Serbus, March 18, 2017, at the Duluth Armory. Nelson earned these awards as part of the online referral system, Leads 2 Enlistment for referring four friends who have joined the Minnesota National Guard.
"I talked to some buddies in my school about the Guard. They liked the benefits, so I put their info in the app and let my recruiter take over." said Nelson. "I thought it would be fun to serve with friends and help them figure out their path in life."
Nelson is currently a senior at Cloquet Senior High School and assigned to the Recruit Sustainment Program in Duluth. He attended basic training at Fort Benning in the summer of 2016 with follow-on training in the summer of 2017 to become an infantryman.
Posted: 2017-03-10 08:50 AM LITCHFIELD, Minn. -Bruce Cottington, a Navy veteran of WWII and Korea, donated a bronze bust of Gen. John W. Vessey, Jr. to the Litchfield National Guard unit during the armory's public open house event March 4. Cottington, a Litchfield resident, commands the Minnesota Chapter of the Veterans of Underage Military Service. VUMS members enlisted in the military prior to the minimum age requirement in order to serve their country during WWII. Cottington received the bust from Vessey, a fellow VUMS member. Both enlisted in the military at the age of 16.
The highlight of the 334th Brigade Engineer Battalion open house was the unveiling of the sculpture. The unit was very supportive when Cottington proposed donating the sculpture. The Litchfield community has always been very supportive of the National Guard over the years, so the open house was a chance to say 'thanks' to their neighbors. "This was a great opportunity to honor Bruce and to honor Gen. Vessey," said B Co., 334th Brigade Engineer Battalion Commander, Capt. Seth Goreham. Bravo Company also has a tight relationship with the local American Legion and VFW. Many Litchfield citizens are former members of Bravo Company, or the unit's predecessors A Co, 682nd Engineer Battalion, and the 849th Mobility Augmentation Company.
Posted: 2017-03-08 03:29 PM CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - The garrison command team of Camp Ripley, family, friends and colleagues from the Minnesota National Guard attended a Change of Responsibility ceremony between Command Sgt. Maj. Mike Worden and Command Sgt. Maj. Matt Erickson, March 5, 2017, at Camp Ripley.
The ceremony was an official "passing of the sword" from one senior noncommissioned officer to the next and assumption of the duties and responsibilities that go along with the position of Garrison Command Sergeant Major.
As with many military ceremonies those in attendance welcomed Erickson as a new member of the team and bid farewell, recognized and thanked Worden for his service.