/*********************************************** * Chrome CSS Drop Down Menu- (c) Dynamic Drive DHTML code library (www.dynamicdrive.com) * This notice MUST stay intact for legal use * Visit Dynamic Drive at http://www.dynamicdrive.com/ for full source code ***********************************************/
Minnesota National Guard
2007 Soldier and NCO of the Year Competition

Soldiers from across Minnesota competed in the Minnesota Army National Guard Soldier and Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) of the Year competitions at Camp Ripley the second week of April 2007

The Soldier of the Year is Spc Nathan Delgado from 1/34th Brigade Troops Battalion The NCO of the Year is Sgt Matthew Sturos from 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 194th Armor

The Soldier of the Year Runner-Up was Spc Megan Ehrreich from the Troop Support Unit The NCO of the Year Runner-Up was Staff Sgt Thaddeus Helmers from the 257th MP Company

Representing the Special Troops Battalion at the NCO competition was Sgt. 1st Class Glen Skrivseth Sgt Rodolfo Gomez represented 2nd Battalion, 211th General Support Aviation Battalion

Spc Jay Tschida represented the Special Troops Battalion in the Soldier competition Spc Joshua Claeys of the 1/189th Aviation Regiment, Spc Stonewall Keim of the 34th Military Police Company , and Spc Cassandra McCarney from the 682nd Engineer Battalion also competed

The ten junior-enlisted Soldiers and NCOs who competed in this year's competition had been selected through several processes and are considered to be among the best Soldiers in the Minnesota Army National Guard

"Your organizations have all selected you as the top Soldier to be here So I applaud you for that," said Sgt Maj Tony Padilla, 84th Troop Command operations sergeant major

The competition the Soldiers went through at Camp Ripley was comprised of several events They challenged their bodies with the Army Physical Fitness Test and their minds with Army Warrior Training tasks, which included land navigation both during the day and at night, radio communications, first-aid tasks and M-16 qualification The Soldiers also appeared before a board of three sergeants major and last years Soldier and NCO of the Year and had their knowledge challenged in several categories

"Everybody comes here with strengths and weaknesses Some will excel in PT, but this is a whole Soldier concept We look at the whole Soldier we don't look at just one or two parts," said Minnesota National Guard State Command Sgt Maj Maj Robert Boone "I hope, first and foremost, that the Soldiers gain an appreciation for the competition itself and what it represents Everything they do here is the same skills they need to be a ready, deployable Soldier"

The Soldier of the Year and NCO of the Year will go on to compete in the Region 4 competition at Ft Indiantown Gap, IN on 2-6 May, 2007 Region 4 is comprised of Louisiana, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin From there, if they are successful they will advance to the National Guard Bureau level

By Staff Sgt Kenneth R Toole
15 April 2007

April 15, Soldier and NCO of the Year Competition photo gallery

Articles archive

In The News archive

Media Advisory archive

Latest News

Governor Mark Dayton installs new Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General

Posted: 2017-11-04  04:16 PM
TAG installation ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton administered the oath of office to Maj. Gen. Jon A. Jensen, installing him as the Minnesota National Guard's 31st Adjutant General during a ceremony in St. Paul, November 4, 2017.

"General Jensen has been a tremendous leader of the Minnesota National Guard throughout his years of dedicated service," said Governor Dayton. "He has served in two top leadership positions, as the Commanding General of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, and also as the Chief of Staff at the Guard's Joint Force Headquarters. I am confident that he will continue to provide the same outstanding leadership as his predecessor, General Rick Nash."

Jensen most recently served as the Commanding General of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division. He previously held positions as Deputy Commanding General, United States Army Africa and Southern European Task Force, Minnesota National Guard Director of the Joint Staff and Minnesota National Guard Assistant Adjutant General - Army.

Guard Heritage Suffers with Loss of Artillery Unit

Posted: 2017-10-04  11:22 AM
ETAB ANOKA, Minn. - The Minnesota National Guard lost one of its most historically significant units when the 151st Artillery's E Battery, (Target Acquisition) cased its colors in a ceremony at the Anoka High School Aug. 19, 2017.

The Target Acquisition Battery (ETAB), 151st Field Artillery is one of the oldest and most decorated units in the Minnesota National Guard and the 34th Infantry Division. "Both Minnesota and the Division lose the proud lineage that goes back to Civil War days, through WW1 and WW2, and had a significant amount of battle streamers," said 151st Field Artillery Battalion Commander, Lt. Col. Patrick Cornwell.

The 151st Field Artillery draws its lineage from the 1st Regiment, Minnesota Heavy Artillery of 1864 which fought two major campaigns in Tennessee during the Civil War.

In one month: Minnesota Guardsmen support Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria

Posted: 2017-09-29  02:25 PM
Minnesota National Guard ST. PAUL, Minn. - In the span of a few weeks, three major hurricanes hit different parts of the southern United States, causing widespread damage and destruction and requiring the response of agencies around the country. The Minnesota National Guard is one of the many organizations that have responded, sending Soldiers and Airmen to Texas, Florida, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

"This is the most gratifying deployment of my career," said Capt. Jeremy Maxey with the 133rd Airlift Wing who was called back from his vacation early to go to the Virgin Islands. "It means a lot to be able to actually directly help people. It's why I serve. Throughout my career I've deployed numerous times, but this is the one where you actually see the people you serve."

The start of the month brought the first request for assistance. On Sept. 1, two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and 11 personnel from the St. Cloud-based B Company, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 211th Aviation Regiment left for Texas following Hurricane Harvey to transport personnel and equipment in support of response efforts.

Finding fellowship in the sacred mission

Posted: 2017-09-26  12:02 PM
Minnesota National Guard CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - One of the most difficult, most sacred, honorable duties in the military is one that people don't often think about. It takes compassion, empathy, care, and requires great resilience. It is one that when called upon to train for, they hope to rarely perform because it means another Soldier has been lost. It is the duty of casualty notification officer and casualty assistance officer.

About 45 Minnesota Army National Guard Soldiers came to Camp Ripley, Minnesota, on September 21-22, 2017, for a Reset Seminar to find fellowship in one specific thing they have in common: delivering the worst news in the Army.

When a Soldier dies at home or overseas, CNOs and CAOs must notify and help families through the process, including paperwork, benefits, and funeral arrangements.

Article archive