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Joint Medical Summit Strengthens Collaboration in Minnesota Guard
ST LOUIS PARK Minn - Members of the Minnesota Army and Air National Guard medical community attended a joint military medicine summit, May 16-17, 2015
"This summit is organized as a comprehensive networking tool to present the latest guidelines, techniques and recommendations used to directly impact medical conditions commonly seen among our military members," said Army Col Joseph Burns, state surgeon for the Minnesota National Guard
For medical professionals serving in the Minnesota National Guard, the continually-evolving field of military medicine requires them to apply a vast range of skills and competencies in order to provide the best possible patient care for military personnel at home and abroad
The practice of sharing lessons learned during deployments, programs and health trials allow for providers to service an expansive knowledge base system while keeping up with everyday practices for military personnel
"Our experiences while deployed have demonstrated the need for our overall cooperation in the medical field," said Army Lt Col Alvaro Sanchez, division surgeon for the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division "Networking at events like this gives us the face-to-face opportunity to maintain that cooperation"
Red Bull medical personnel are maintaining one of the highest medical readiness standings following their multiple deployments in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom Additionally, they have prepared to react to the requirements of non-combat related medicine, in support of operations in Liberia as well as here in Minnesota
"Our relationships within our communities [are] essential to the overall success of our missions at home and abroad," said Sgt 1st Class Dustin Olson of Minnesota's Headquarters and Headquarters Troop of the 1st Squadron, 94th Cavalry Regiment
For medical providers of both the Army and Air National Guard, the focus on important strategic military medicine and how it impacts health care in the community is foremost in any training they do However, the theme of this summit was to stress the importance of the relationship between medical providers at all levels of their organizations, as well as collectively
"The interaction along with the ability to respond face-to face with subordinate units on questions or daily operations can only lead to an overall increase in our efficiency and mission success," said Sanchez
The overall readiness and care for Service members is a high priority within the Minnesota National Guard during operations overseas as well as training Practices to ensure the best patient care at a rapid efficient pace are being implemented state-wide
"The ability to share our individual experiences collectively is helpful in recognizing the best way to evaluate, manage and treat medical conditions commonly seen by our military personnel," said Air Force Brig Gen David Hamlar, assistant adjutant general for the Minnesota National Guard
Many physicians and healthcare professionals are not familiar with the environments Service members experience in combat zones, the health challenges military personnel face and the resources available to assist them This conference discussed and described practical strategies and procedures to provide primary care clinicians the ability confidently treat military personnel
"How we can make changes, show what's right and what's wrong and develop ways of preventing problems for our population is one of the best challenges I've asked our joint medical organizations to do collectively," added Hamlar
This is the second military medicine summit held by the Minnesota National Guard which still maintains one of the highest readiness standings according to the Department of Defense For future events the Minnesota National Guard plans to welcome civilian and military medical professionals, including physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, mental health professionals and health planners to attend the summit
May 16, 2015 by Staff Sgt Anthony Housey
34th Red Bull Infantry Division 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.