/*********************************************** * 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 ***********************************************/
History
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

Red Bulls Kickoff Division Warfighter

Posted: 2018-06-13  01:38 PM
DIV WFX CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. - "A Warfighter is an exercise that allows the Division to evaluate their ability to maneuver assets in a battle," said Master Sgt. Greg Weaver, the Operations Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge for the Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion. "It is designed to focus on particular areas and specific objectives to be evaluated or tested."

The Division has geared its' planning and training efforts in preparation for Warfighter since July 2017. Coordinating transportation for Soldiers and equipment was often on the mind of Maj. David Johansson, the logistics officer for the 34th ID. With the coordination of Johansson and his team, troops and equipment all converged on Camp Atterbury, enlisting the help of 89 railcars, 280 tractor-trailers, and nearly 50 buses for the movement.

"I like to say my job is to 'quiet the noise'". Johansson continued, "The noise being a real life logistical problem that could impede the exercise."



Minnesota-based aviation unit takes part in Warfighter Exercise

Posted: 2018-06-08  11:59 AM
34ECAB WFX CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. - More than 150 Soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade are here participating in a multi-echelon training event, Warfighter Exercise 18-5, May 30 to June 15.

The exercise, which is part live and part virtual, is testing the St. Paul, Minnesota-based aviation unit's ability to conduct operations and mission command in a high-intensity, complex operating environment. Soldiers are being challenged to take decisive action as they focus on air-ground operations -- or synchronizing and integrating aviation operations into the scheme of maneuver planned and conducted by forces on the ground.

In this case, the units on the ground are being commanded by the Rosemount, Minnesota-based 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, which is also participating in the exercise.



148th Fighter Wing hosts STEM program for Duluth-area students

Posted: 2018-06-05  08:52 AM
Starbase Duluth DULUTH, Minn. - Dozens of community and industry leaders passionate about helping children become more engaged in science, technology, engineering and math gathered at the 148th Fighter Wing in Duluth, Minn., May 24, 2018, to see what STARBASE Minnesota Duluth is doing for young students in the area.

STARBASE is a Department of Defense youth program that engages students in STEM studies. The program began in 1991, and STARBASE Minnesota was founded in 1993 in St. Paul, which expanded to Duluth in July 2017.

Currently, the school program is open to fifth-grade students, said Charity S. Rupp, the director of STARBASE Minnesota Duluth. The summer camp will serve students in 4-6th grade. Eventually, she hopes the program will expand into STARBASE 2.0 to serve middle school students as an after school program during the academic school year.



Minnesota National Guard leaders visit traveling tribute in Austin

Posted: 2018-05-22  10:16 AM
Traveling Wall AUSTIN, Minn. - A replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was on display May 16-20, in Austin and leaders of the 347th Regional Support Group took the opportunity to visit during the event's closing ceremony.

The display, dubbed the American Veterans Traveling Tribute, was hosted by Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Austin and featured a near-replica of the memorial in Washington, D.C.

"It was an honor to be part of this humbling and moving tribute to our Vietnam veterans," said Col. Stephen Schemenauer. "The traveling Vietnam Wall is a powerful display, and this event provided an opportunity to meet, and thank, service members from WWII to present-day conflicts. Regardless of their branch of service, or the era or conflict in which they served, we all share a common bond."



Article archive
 
top