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Minnesota National Guard
Fargo native jumps at opportunity to enlist into field artillery position

Nicole McCullough One day after her seventeenth birthday, Nicole McCullough marched into the Grand Forks Military Entry Processing Center with her brother by her side to enlist. The military occupational specialty of her choice? 13B - a cannon crew member.

"I've always wanted to enlist," she said.

But why be one of Minnesota's first females to sign up for what has up until recently been a male-only job in the military? "It's cool," she said. "I've always been interested in artillery and infantry. When it opened up to females I was like, 'yeah, I want to do that'," she said.

At just barely 17 years old, McCullough is a planner. She's got her future sorted out and she's excited to attend Basic Training this summer. "It couldn't come soon enough," she said. After her senior year of high school she plans on attending a two-year college for nursing.

But the planning doesn't stop with her own life. After hearing her 19-year-old brother complain about barely making enough money to pay a monthly apartment rental, and having to take on a roommate to make ends meet, she not only convinced her brother to sign up for the Guard with her (he enlisted as an 88M, Motor Transport Operator), but she also talked her brother's roommate into enlisting as well.

"The National Guard is a good opportunity," she said.

It's been just a few weeks since the Department of Defense lifted the ban on women in combat military occupational specialties, and already Minnesota has enlisted three young women into this terra incognita.

When pressed by what she meant when she said she 'always wanted to enlist,' McCullough said, "I just want to serve my community and there are great benefits too."

McCullough is a junior at West Fargo high school.

January 5, 2016
by Capt. Melanie Nelson
Minnesota National Guard Recruiting and Retention Battalion



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Posted: 2017-07-16  09:45 PM
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Camp Ripley to host National Guard Best Warrior Competition

Posted: 2017-07-10  10:50 AM
Minnesota National Guard FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 10, 2017

CAMP RIPLEY, Minn.- Fourteen soldiers from 12 states, representing seven Army National Guard regions will compete July 17-20 at Camp Ripley in the Army National Guard's
Best Warrior Competition.

"This competition will test the soldiers' ability to perform tasks that are vital to our ability to fight and win our nation's wars," said Command Sgt. Maj. Douglas Wortham, senior enlisted advisor for the Minnesota National Guard. "We will push them to their limits to test their endurance, strength and resilience - qualities that our soldiers must possess to be successful."

The four-day competition will feature several events to test the soldiers both physically and mentally. The soldiers will demonstrate their proficiency with weapons, their physical strength and endurance, their ability to perform military tasks and their ability to put their knowledge to use under pressure.



National Guard Best Warriors to compete in road march around Lake Itasca

Posted: 2017-07-07  09:18 AM
Minnesota National Guard FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 7, 2017

PARK RAPIDS, Minn.- Fourteen National Guard Soldiers from 12 states will be competing July 17-20, at Camp Ripley in the Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition. As part of the competition, the soldiers will complete a road march around Lake Itasca the morning of July 20, ending at the Mary Gibbs Mississippi Headwaters Center.

Members of the local media and the public are invited to cheer on the soldiers as they finish the road march. Well-wishers can come to the Mary Gibbs Welcome Center, 36750 Main Park Drive, Park Rapids, MN, 56470, on Thursday, July 20, at 8:00 a.m. and are encouraged to bring signs or flags to line the route to the finish line.

The soldiers will be marching on public and private land around Lake Itasca. Wilderness Trail will be temporary closed for a portion of the event. The march route will pass by the Pine Ridge Campground and may be visible to campers there.



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