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Minnesota Guardsman Honored for Her Work Against Domestic Violence

Diaz award ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Battered Women's Legal Advocacy Project recently honored Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jennifer Diaz, the Minnesota National Guard Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, with the "Journey of Hope" award for her efforts to bring safety and justice to victims and survivors of domestic violence.

The BWLAP is a dynamic, state-wide program that serves battered women, their advocates, attorneys, and the general public. The organization is constantly reacting and evolving to meet the legal needs of battered women. In many cases they are the first resource victims turn to following a domestic violence incident.

According to Chief Diaz, the BWLAP's mission goes beyond responding to legal issues that arise from an episode of domestic violence.

"We are a unique agency that advocates for system change, advocates to secure access to justice and advocates to improve the legal system's response to battered women and children."

The Journey of Hope award recognizes individuals who are dedicated to ending violence against women and children by developing resources and facilitating social change. Diaz's work in the sexual violence field did not go unnoticed by the BWLAP.

"I think with this award and the education we are giving, it is showing the public that we truly do care about what happens to our Service members and that we take every report of sexual violence seriously and that we advocate for our victim-survivors."

As the Minnesota National Guard's Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, Diaz works tirelessly to execute the Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Richard Nash's priority that:

"Every Service member, at every level in our military, must know, understand, and adhere to service values and standards of behavior in order to eliminate sexual assault, and other inappropriate behavior and feel comfortable reporting incidents of sexual assault IOT maintain personnel readiness and to assure a competent and ready force."

Despite her successes, Diaz knows there is more work to be done and she hopes to build on her goal "to lead a culture change about sexual violence so all of our members feel safe in their place of duty."

Diaz is the first Minnesota National Guard member to be recognized for her efforts by the BWLAP.

November 10, 2015
by Sgt. Robert Brown
Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs



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Posted: 2018-04-07  01:54 PM
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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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Posted: 2018-03-09  03:13 PM
Counterdrug WOODBURY, Minn. - Staff Sgt. Benjamin Kroll, an analyst with the Minnesota National Guard's Counterdrug Task Force who is assigned to work with the Hennepin County Sherriff's Office was recognized for his achievements as the Analyst of the Year during the 2018 Minnesota Association of Crime and Intelligence Analysts Training Symposium in Woodbury, Minnesota, March 7, 2018.

Through a partnership with Minnesota law enforcement agencies throughout the state, the Minnesota National Guard Counterdrug Task Force (MNCDTF) supports the anti-drug initiatives to counter all primary drug threats and vulnerabilities through the effective application of available assets, said Maj. Jon Dotterer, Counterdrug Coordinator for the State of Minnesota. The goal for the program is to support federal, state, tribal, and local agencies in the detection, disruption, interdiction, and curtailment of illicit drugs.

Kroll is one of sixteen service members on the Counterdrug Task Force that provides this force-multiplying service to our communities against illicit drug-use. With the information that law enforcement provide through their patrols and daily operations, Kroll and his colleagues across the state assist by putting together a figurative picture with all of the gathered information which aids in identifying how to move forward with legal action to deter or prevent the sale or use of illegal narcotic drugs.



Women Opened Doors in Minnesota National Guard

Posted: 2018-03-08  09:05 AM
Minnesota National Guard ST. PAUL, Minn. - "The battlefront is no place for women to be," said Command Sgt. Maj. Earl Kurtzweg, 125th Field Artillery, in an article published in 1976. "There are certain jobs girls say they can do, but they just can't do ... the battlefront is no place for women to be. Other countries in the world use women in combat, but the U.S. has not come around to that way of thinking." Kathy Berg, a New Ulm reporter summarized at the time. "So women in the New Ulm unit take care of personnel files and pay records and leave the fighting to the men."

The Minnesota National Guard has "come around to that way of thinking" since those early days of gender integration. In the last 44 years women have made momentous strides toward inclusion and acceptance. Their accomplishments are testimony to their fortitude and the progressive development of the Minnesota National Guard.

When an accomplished female Soldier is credited with breaking barriers she will often pass that honor to the women that preceded her. Brig. Gen. Johanna Clyborne is such a leader. She acknowledges that she is one of the first females in the Minnesota National Guard who has held key leadership roles, however she sees it differently. "I feel responsible for all women in uniform," said Clyborne. "Women before me opened the door, now I've cleared the room. It's up to the women behind me to hold the room."



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