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Minnesota Guard leaders inducted into Court of Honor

Court of Honor CAMP RIPLEY, Minn - Seven retired members of the Minnesota National Guard were recognized before their fellow service members as they were inducted into the Court of Honor, Oct 4, 2015, at Camp Ripley

"It is our pleasure to have the opportunity to recognize these select leaders who have served our communities, state and nation with distinction," said Col John Kolb, chief of staff for Joint Force Headquarters

The Memorialization Board selects individuals for their service to the Minnesota National Guard as well as continued service to their communities The board reviews the nominations received and forwards their recommendations to the Minnesota Adjutant General for approval These inductees join the names of more than 300 others, since 1933, who have demonstrated their unwavering dedication, loyalty and distinguished service to the Minnesota National Guard

"We are grateful for their various military careers and the countless numbers of service members they have led, and recognize that they are products of other leaders that have invested them into their formation and success as leaders," continued Kolb

This year's Honorees included: Maj. Gen. (Ret) Jon L Trost; Brig Gen (Ret) Joseph P Kelly; Col (Ret) David L Hanson; Col (Ret) Donald J Kerr; Col (Ret) Wallace M Pantzke; Col (Bvt) (Ret) Geraldine G Longfellow; and Chief Warrant Officer 5 (Ret) Steven R Wensman

Many of the honorees reflected on their service while in the Minnesota National Guard and where it eventually led them after the military Each honoree expressed their appreciation for the nomination and thanked everyone who helped to get them to where they are in life

"One of my proudest moments is when I was at the Pentagon and the 34th Infantry Division was in county in Iraq I was walking down the hall when the Army G3, Chief of Operations, came to me and said, 'Gosh, y'all gotta be proud of those Redbulls,'" said Trost

This year, along with the inductees to the Court of Honor, the Medical Simulations Training Center on Camp Ripley was dedicated in honor of Lt. Col. Hortense E McKay, who was an Army nurse who served on Bataan and in the Pacific during World War II McKay is a Brainerd native and alum of the University of Minnesota, graduating summa cum laude from the School of Nursing

October 7, 2015
by Staff Sgt Anthony Housey
Camp Ripley Public Affairs

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