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Montevideo American-News - Montevideo, MN
  • Local National Guard unit honors supporters

  • Representatives of the Minnesota Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 151st Field Artillery, and the Family Readiness Group are thanking community organizations, businesses and individuals in Montevideo and Granite Falls for their support.


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  • Representatives of the Minnesota Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 151st Field Artillery, and the Family Readiness Group are thanking community organizations, businesses and individuals in Montevideo and Granite Falls for their support.
    State of Minnesota flags are being presented as part of a program started after Gov. Tim Pawlenty presented Lt. Col. Scott St. Sauver, 1-151FA commander, with a state flag on his official send off.
    The governor charged St. Sauver to take the 1-151FA’s Minnesota citizen soldiers, and the state flag, as a reminder of the support of the state of Minnesota, to southwest Asia, and to do great things and bring them all home safely.
    St. Sauver took the concept and decided this would be a great way to thank community organizations and businesses for supporting the soldiers and their families during the deployment.
    Donations to the Cenex of Montevideo and Granite Falls recycling programs, the unit Family Readiness groups, and others, funds were raised to purchase the flags for the program.
    The flags were sent to the battalion’s post at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, where they were flown on the base flag pole. Each was then certified with an accompanying certificate commemorating the date flown.
    Each supportive business, organization or individual is being recognized for their going above and beyond in supporting those left behind on the home front so that the soldiers would know their families were being taken care of and could focus on their mission and come home safe and sound.
    Presentations will be made by Capt. Steve Hall, battery commander of Headquarters Battery, 1-151FA, who lives in Marshall where he is a teacher at Marshall Senior High School; Jim Mitchell, the employer liaison working with National Guard soldiers and their families on employer, employment and unemployment issues; Carmen Brunsvold, Family Readiness Group support assistant working with FRGs from units in western Minnesota; Carrie Johannson and Katie Kimpling, FRG co-leaders for the Montevideo FRG; and Tami Klucas, who assists the FRGs with resources to help families resolve issues with the deployment and reintegration.

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