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334th Brigade Engineer Battalion Celebrates Women's History
BLOOMINGTON, Minn - Soldiers of Headquarters, Headquarters Company of the 334th Brigade Engineer Battalion took time away from training to celebrate Women's History Month with a look at the history of women in the Minnesota National Guard from someone who lived it
Invited to speak at the event was Geraldine Longfellow In 2008, Longfellow retired from the Minnesota Army National Guard at the rank of lieutenant colonel She has since been brevetted to the rank of colonel
Commander of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, Col Robert Intress, expressed his appreciation to introduce someone who could so well exemplify the positive attributes of any great Service member, whether they be male or female Though retired, Longfellow still works to strengthen the Minnesota National Guard through volunteer work with various veteran's organizations, as well as Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, a program that connects Service members with community services
Longfellow began her career in the MNARNG when "all the firsts," as she described them, were taking place When she first joined the Army Reserves in 1976, the Women's Army Corps (WAC) was its own branch under the federal Army Currently in the Minnesota National Guard, women are being accepted into vacant positions in units that were previously closed to females
"You're standing on the shoulders of women who were so dedicated and so committed; they made huge strides for us," Longfellow said, speaking to the female Soldiers in attendance
Basic training when Longfellow attended was separate for women There, they would march in skirts to the physical training field; they were taught how to wear their nails and make-up--the antithesis of things a Soldier really needs to know Now, women are taking command of formerly all-male units and being selected for schools which were exclusive to men before the ban was lifted on allowing women in combat roles in 2013
The Minnesota National Guard celebrates the value of diversity in the organization and continues to maximize its strengths and readiness to serve the community Longfellow herself emphasized this idea when she told the audience, "Be ready and be flexible We should strive to embrace diversity and be inclusive By doing this we strengthen our teams"
March 24, 2015 by Sgt Linsey Williams
1st Armored Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
Posted: 2017-04-26 02:09 PM CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - The Department of Defense announced that Camp Ripley was selected as the winner of the Secretary of Defense Environmental Award for Natural Resources Conservation, Large Installation.
The awards recognize individuals, teams and installations for their exceptional environmental achievements and innovative, cost-effective environmental practices.
"The winners' efforts strengthen the Department of Defense's position as a resourceful environmental steward, both at home and abroad, and demonstrate our continued commitment to fulfilling mission needs through advanced environmental practices and technologies," stated James A. MacStravic, performing the duties of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics.
Posted: 2017-04-26 10:57 AM COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. - Staff Sgt. Nicquie Neely has been working with victims of sexual assault for four years in the Minnesota National Guard and also volunteers as a victim advocate in the community. As a victim advocate, it's her job to believe and support victims through a difficult process that can often involve extensive medical care and legal proceedings.
"Ever since I joined the Guard and heard about the SHARP program and learned what a victim advocate was, I always wanted to be one," said Neely. "And then I learned that you had to be an E-6 to be in that position, so the minute I got promoted I asked my commander if I could go to the training."
Neely is a combat medic and the full-time training and administration NCO with Company C, 134th Brigade Support Battalion. In addition to military victim advocate training, Neely also attends regular training with the civilian organization she volunteers for - SOS Sexual Violence Services in Ramsey County.
Posted: 2017-04-24 10:43 AM Washington - Members of the Minnesota National Guard and the Air Force Reserve traveled to Washington D.C. with the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (also known as the JCRC), to visit the Holocaust Museum, April 4, 2017, to honor the victims of the Holocaust. Also, traveling with this group were St. Paul and Minneapolis police officers along with students from various high schools around the state. For those in uniform that day, it was an opportunity to see, hear and experience the stories of victims and survivors of the Holocaust.
Each Service member who attended was asked to bring back a summary of their experience in the form of a presentation, professional discussion or briefing to their respective unit in order to help other Guard members better understand and remember that horrible event, to honor the courage of the victims and survivors, and to remain vigilant as members of the U.S. military.
"The honor and privilege of accompanying members of the Minnesota National Guard to the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. met so many goals," said Steve Hunegs, the executive director of the JCRC. "I wanted to reinforce the importance of the commitment of the U.S. military to democracy. After all, it was the Allies that defeated Nazi Germany and ultimately put an end to the Holocaust."
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.