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Minnesota National Guard Celebrates Womens Equality Day

Minnesota National Guard FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Aug 24

LITTLE FALLS, Minn - Soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard's 347th Regional Support Group are scheduled to host a Women's Equality Day event this Wednesday at Camp Ripley

"Our brigade is pleased to host Women's Equality Day in honor of women both past and present who demonstrate expansive roles of what women can accomplish," said Army Col Johanna P Clyborne, 347th Regional Support Group's brigade commander

"The recent news of two women passing the rigors of Ranger School demonstrates the military's efforts of integrating women into previously-restricted career fields," said Clyborne "Minnesota Army and Air National Guard female Service members have served bravely under enemy fire in combat zones in roles that are essential to our nation's success on the battlefield Minnesota National Guard leadership continues to emphasize diversity at every level to ensure that the mission is met with the best-qualified and most capable people, regardless of gender"

"Army retired Cpt Trista Matascastillo was honored as the 2011 Minnesota Woman Veteran of the Year and is our guest speaker for the event," said Army Master Sgt John N Staab, 347th Regional Support Group's Brigade Equal Opportunity Advisor "Trista served in the Navy, Marine Corps and most recently the Minnesota National Guard where she was the first woman Air Defense officer and later commanded the 34th Military Police Company"

Military members and the general public are invited to attend the event from 2 pm to 4 pm on Wednesday, August 26, at Camp Ripley's Education Center, 15000 Highway 115, Camp Ripley, Little Falls, Minn 56345 Presentation from guest speaker starts at 2 pm

Members of the media are invited to attend and following the presentation, interview soldiers from 3 pm to 4 pm Please call Army Maj Kristen L Aug�, 347th Regional Support Group training officer, at 651-268-8093 or kristen.l.auge.mil@mail.mil to schedule an interview

For more information on the Minnesota National Guard, visit www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org

For more information on Minnesota National Guard's Diversity Initiative, visit www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org/priorities/diversity.php

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs at mn.ng.web@mail.mil or call 651-282-4410

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