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Minnesota National Guard
From Hell to High Water

As southeastern Minnesota continues to clean up from the deadly weekend flooding, residents are getting plenty of help from National Guard Soldiers from southwestern Minnesota Thirty-two Guard Soldiers from the Marshall unit have served in the flood area since Sunday, and will likely return home today, said local Guard Sgt Timothy Green In all, about 150 of the total force of 240 Guard Soldiers activated come from the 1-151st Battalion, which includes units from Marshall, Montevideo, Morris, Olivia, Madison, Ortonville and Appleton Green said the Marshall unit was in the midst of a drill weekend and family picnic Sunday when the call came that 30 Soldiers were needed for the flood response "Getting those 30 Soldiers was a task, because everybody wanted to go," Green said "It was like, "˜no guys, you can't all go' We basically had to go off the roster then "The support for this was overwhelming That's because these guys are willing to go off and get to work" The families watched as Soldiers loaded their gear and hit the road Sunday They arrived at around 11:30 pm Sunday night, slept and quickly were deployed Monday morning They are using the Caledonia school building as a staging center, and also doing some work based from LaCrescent, Green said Mainly, the local Guard have been doing security work and going door-to-door, knocking to make sure residents are safe The flooding has been blamed for at least six deaths in southeastern Minnesota A Minnesota National Guard news release said the support includes two UH-60 medical evacuation helicopters, 80 Soldiers conducting on-site security in the Winona area and a quick-reaction force of 150 to search and secure towns in Houston County Many of the local Soldiers activated for the flood work are the same ones who returned a year-and-a-half ago from war duty in Iraq This is their first major response since the return from Iraq, Green said "Some of the guys were commenting, "˜wow, we finally get to do what we signed up to do,'" Green said about the disaster response He was part of the Guard response to floods in Montevideo and Granite Falls in 1997 and 2001, as were others in the unit That should help them deal with what they are encountering this week, he said "They are very busy and it's taking a lot of time," Green said "I imagine it's 12-hour shifts for them" Green said it also helped that Friday, the battalion took part in a quick-response drill in Olivia, simulating securing the airport there "And two days later we got the call (to go to the flooding)," he said "If this was going to happen, it was good timing" While 2,600 other Guard Soldiers returned to Minnesota last month from a long deployment in Iraq, they remain under federal control for 90 days and weren't able to respond to the flood crisis - even those from that area, Green said That's a reason why so many from southwestern Minnesota were activated for flood duty, he said While the nature of Guard service has changed significantly since the war began, Green said responding to local disasters is still perhaps the most rewarding aspect of Guard duty He said Soldiers are well fed at the scene by the Red Cross and Salvation Army, and local residents appreciate the help "When you're joining the Guard, the first thing you think of is stuff like this," Green said "There's something about helping your neighbors out"
Article source: http://www.marshallindependent.com/News/articles.asp?articleID=15012

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Month of the Military Child recognizes contributions of military kids

Posted: 2018-04-07  01:54 PM
Minnesota National Guard FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 7, 2018

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.

Forging a path to career success

Posted: 2018-03-16  08:45 AM
Col. Angela Steward-Randle ST. PAUL, Minn. - Col. Angela Steward-Randle grew up in a military family - her father served in the Army on active duty - but it was a chance encounter with a friend at college that led her to want to make the military a career.

"My story is no different than many others," Steward-Randle, the Director of Human Resources, Manpower and Personnel for the Minnesota National Guard said. "I was in college and looking for financial resources to help pay for it."

Her college friend suggested they attend a summer training with the Reserve Officer Training Corps that had no obligation and could earn them some money. The friend never ended up going, but Steward-Randle did. After earning recognition as the top honor graduate and receiving an offer of a scholarship, she was hooked.

Minnesota Guardsman Receives Award for Combating Drugs in his Community

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
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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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