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Minnesota National Guard
Editorial: The yellow ribbon -- and beyond

An almost palpable wave of relief spread across Minnesota this month as 2,600 members of the state's National Guard began to arrive at Fort McCoy in Wisconsin, turn in their weapons and head home to their families after a harrowing and marathon deployment in Iraq It's as if Minnesotans could take a breather from the divisive and discouraging debate in Washington and celebrate something simple, local and heartfelt: the safe return of their sons, daughters, spouses, parents and neighbors

Writing in the Weekly Standard last week, columnist William Kristol argued that you cannot simultaneously support the troops and harbor doubts about the war We wish he could have been in Anoka or Mankato or Albert Lea Minnesotans, regardless of their political views, united around their Guard members -- admiring their courage, respecting their sacrifice, celebrating their safe return

One puzzling aspect of this costly, protracted war is that many Americans seem numb to the fact that their nation is at war -- a spell that is broken by the hugs and tears of farewells and homecomings

This does not mean that pride and relief for the troops should silence questions about the strategy The latest CBS/New York Times poll shows that 69 percent of adults disapprove of President Bush's handling of the war -- with similar doubts about Congress -- and that a plurality wants the troops out now When young Minnesotans are risking their lives in Iraq, they deserve a clear statement of the mission, a plain definition of success and a plausible strategy for victory

If Americans seem fatigued by the war in Iraq and the debate it has engendered, that's no surprise The conflict has lasted longer than World War II, yet seems nowhere near a conclusion or even a clear definition of what the conclusion might be

One virtue of a government that enshrines civilian control of the military is that you can separate your opinion of the troops from your opinion of the politicians and the decisions they've made Americans forgot that distinction during the Vietnam War, an error that helped make it one of the most divisive episodes of the 20th century This time around, the wounds of war must heal much faster

Published: July 29, 2007

Source: www.startribune.com

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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.

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