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Minnesota National Guard officer, enlisted meet for annual conferences

Conference group photo The 110th General National Guard Association of Minnesota Conference had nearly 300 officers, warrant officers and their guests in attendance Events included a Friday alumni dinner, a business meeting and a formal banquet in Minnetonka last weekend

Retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, National Guard Association president, brought association news from Washington DC to the group He said the association is working to educate elected officials of the problems of a budget that would reduce end strength by 8,200 for the Army National Guard Their focus is on structure, end strength and full time manning

"We'll lose 1,726 man days, 1,100 technicians and 600 AGRs," said Hargett

Hargett encouraged members in the state association to tell the Minnesota National Guard story to their elected officials so those stories could be heard in Washington DC

Other speakers included Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Richard Nash and storyteller Bob Welsh

Simultaneously in Rochester, senior enlisted members of the Minnesota Army and Air National Guard met to discuss and safeguard benefits for current and retired Guard members

"There has been a shift in priorities and a reduction in resources within the National Guard," said Command Sgt Maj Douglas Wortham, Minnesota National Guard senior enlisted advisor "Because of this, the strength of MNGEA and other professional organizations is extremely important Your continued involvement and efforts to increase membership in professional organizations will ensure the voice of many stays strong; this in turn will ensure there is always representation that has the best interests of the National Guard and its members in the forefront of discussions concerning benefits and the policies and regulations that govern us"

May 1, 2015
by 1st Lt Melanie Nelson and Master Sgt Daniel Ewer
Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs



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