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Funeral Honors, Medic Aids Widow at Funeral

Minnesota National Guard FORT SNELLING, Minn - While performing the requirements of his full-time position as Funeral Honor Guard, Army Sgt Ryan Kingsley employed the technical expertise of his traditional military occupation as a medic, before a funeral ceremony began at Fort Snelling National Cemetery on June 29, 2015

Kingsley began his military career in 2005 as a combat medic prior to transferring to the Minnesota National Guard in May After only a short time with his new unit in Minnesota, Kingsley was offered a position with the Funeral Honors Team

"It's a job I've been interested in it since I deployed to Iraq in 2008," said Kingsley "A few of the medics there did it, and I always wanted to be part of that team that recognized our fallen's sacrifice"

After only two weeks into the job, Kingsley's combat medic training was put to good use when the widow fell hard onto the pavement

"I immediately ran over to see if she was okay," said Kingsley "She was bleeding pretty badly, so I grabbed my aid bag from my car - I always carry it with me - and did what I could so she could finish the ceremony"

"Kingsley acted immediately and with no delay," said Robert Roeser, the supervisory management and program analyst at Fort Snelling National Cemetery "He saw a situation where he could and should lend assistance and he did His training kicked in and he acted as the leader he is"

"I'm glad she was able to sit through the ceremony," Kingsley said "It's a pretty significant event, and it means a lot to the families when they see their loved ones respected and honored in this way"

Kingsley is a member of the Funeral Honors Team which conducts more than 5,000 funerals in Minnesota each year, and some times as many as 16 each day

"Once 'Taps' plays, and the rifles fire their volleys, something changes," said Kingsley "The families and friends attending the funeral get a real sense of what their loved one's service meant"

Kingsley is in Minnesota pursuing his master's degree in Physician Assistant Studies, building off of his bachelor's degree in Pre-Med, and is currently a member of the Joint Force Headquarters Medical Detachment





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Posted: 2018-05-22  10:16 AM
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"It was an honor to be part of this humbling and moving tribute to our Vietnam veterans," said Col. Stephen Schemenauer. "The traveling Vietnam Wall is a powerful display, and this event provided an opportunity to meet, and thank, service members from WWII to present-day conflicts. Regardless of their branch of service, or the era or conflict in which they served, we all share a common bond."



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Posted: 2018-05-21  03:51 PM
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"Early coordination with the units across four states combined with exceptional unit leadership and motivated Soldiers helped us to quickly build the task force when we closed on Fort Irwin," said Lt. Col. Kevin O'Brien, Task Force Commander. "I was thoroughly impressed with the professionalism and teamwork of task force Soldiers. This was an outstanding training opportunity that challenged every Soldier to grow as individuals and units daily."



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Posted: 2018-05-17  09:57 AM
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Xiong, the eldest grandson of the late Col. Song Leng Xiong, is deployed in Kuwait as an information technician for Area Support Group - Kuwait.

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Month of the Military Child recognizes contributions of military kids

Posted: 2018-04-07  01:54 PM
Minnesota National Guard FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 7, 2018

ST. PAUL, Minn.- The month of April is designated as the Month of the Military Child to recognize the contributions and sacrifices military children make so their family members can serve. An estimated 15,000 children in Minnesota have been affected by the deployment of a parent.

"Military children bear a lot while their family members serve," said Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen, Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard. "It is up to us to support these resilient kids and help to lessen their burden."

An event to honor military kids in Minnesota will take place April 13, 2018, at the Mall of America rotunda from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Activities will include appearances by the Teddy Bear Band and meet and greets with Nickelodeon characters.



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