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Minnesota National Guard
Young Soldiers, Big Plans

Minnesota National Guard CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait - Soldiers join the National Guard for many different reasons Some are seeking the adventure and experience, some are looking for career opportunities and school benefits, and some soldiers simply want to serve their country

At some point in a soldier's enlistment, he or she will be asked, are you going to re-enlist? Enlistment contracts for the National Guard often are an eight-year obligation with four or six years of active drilling service Some soldiers leave the Army, and others decide to take the opportunities they've been offered and make a career

Sgt Brittany Grams, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 34th Combat Aviation Brigade medical noncommissioned officer, and Spc Freddie Williams IV, HHC 34th CAB human resource specialist, are making careers, and the transition from enlisted soldier to officer

Grams enlisted in 2010 during her senior year of high school

"I really felt like I was a person capable of doing it," she said about joining the Guard She felt the need to do something bigger than herself and serve her country

After four years of service, Grams wasn't sure what career direction she should go, she said She didn't think she was capable of becoming a warrant officer UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter pilot, but after talking to the 34th CAB command sergeant major during her deployment to Kuwait, she decided to try

She submitted her packet for flight school and was accepted Grams will first attend Warrant Officer Candidate School, and then she'll go to Fort Rucker, Alabama, to attend flight school All of the training, including WOCS, will be approximately two years long

Williams is taking a different path He is preparing an application to the United States Military Academy at West Point, the Army's service academy to become a commissioned officer

He decided to take this opportunity after a few officers in the 34th CAB told him he should apply, he said He wants to make the Army a better place for soldiers

"I'm the fourth [person] with my name to wear this uniform," Williams said He comes from a family of service Everyone should take the opportunity to serve in any way they can, whether that is through the military or civil service, he said

Grams and Williams plan to stay in the Minnesota National Guard Grams plans to finish her bachelor's degree in nursing at St Cloud State University

Williams' goal is to attain a real estate license to run his own real estate business

"See what you want, find the path to get you there, and run," Williams said

March 12, 2015
by Spc Jess Nemec
34th CAB Public Affairs
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Posted: 2018-04-07  01:54 PM
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Posted: 2018-03-09  03:13 PM
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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.



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Posted: 2018-03-08  09:05 AM
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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.

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