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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: 2017-04-19 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.