Rep. Cravaak & Ukes for Troops

This week we talk with former Navy Captain, now Representative, Chip Cravaak about his service in the military and congress. We also talk with Eric Carranza about his work bringing the joy of music to Minnesota’s veterans’ home.

This week’s veteran is former Navy Corpman Bill Lamoreaux. Bill served 8 years as a Navy Corpsman with the Marines during the Gulf War and continued his service with the Naval Reserve out of Fort Snelling. For the past 17 years, Bill has worked for a local financial business providing IT support, networking, web administration and web development services. He is currently looking for a position in Web Development, Web Administration or similar.

Bill and hundreds of others are ready to work hard on their next mission. Can we Hire Minnesota’s Heroes? To connect with Bill contact the Blaine WorkForce Center at 763-279-4342 or to learn more, visit: PositivelyMinnesota.com/Veterans.

Civil Support Team and MNDot Veteran’s Program

This week the 55th Civil Support Team‘s Air Force Staff Sgt. Josh Joyce told about how this National Guard team uses there significant capabilities to assist local and state agencies that may be overwhelmed by and intentional or unintentional natural or man-made disasters.  We also had a conversation with Alan Duff and Alex Tittle about the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s Veteran Outreach Project.

This week’s veteran is Staff Sargeant Jim Davis of Columbia Heights.  Jim has served in Germany, Viet Nam, Korea and the US for over 21 years as a cook and mess steward supervisor.  Also he worked as an instructor in food services and fed up to 10,000 servicemen at one time.  He has completed amphibious training at the Little Creek Naval Base in Norfolk, VA.   He is always there during any situation including 2 hurricanes off the coast of New York and Ft Hood, TX.  Now Jim wants to work in Customer Service and continue serving our community.

Jim and hundreds of others are ready to work hard on their next mission.  To connect with Jim Davis contact the South Minneapolis Work Force Center at 612-821-4009. To learn more, visit Positively Minnesota.

Adapt Study and Wild Wings Pheasant Hunt

This week we find out about a study from the University of Minnesota with the help of the Minnesota National Guard and Reserves that studies family resilience and is developing tools to support resilience among military families as they cope with the stress of deployment and reintegration.  We also talked with Mike Polehna and heard out about the upcoming Welcome Home the Troops Pheasant Hunt at Wild Wings of Oneka.

This week’s veteran is Sgt. Krista Hanson from Blaine, Minnesota. Krista just returned from his first tour in Iraq and Kuwait. As a Human Resources Non-commissioned Officer with the Minnesota National Guard, she was responsible for maintaining and updating the unit’s personnel files and any handling administrative issues. She is also pursuing a degree in Business and Administration.

Krista and hundreds of others are ready to work hard on their next mission.  To connect with Krista Hanson contact the South Minneapolis Work Force Center at 612-821-4009. To learn more, visit Positively Minnesota.

 

Premier Training Facilities of Minnesota

This week we have Col. Scott St. Sauver, Post Commander of Camp Ripley as a  co-host and retiring Post Command Sgt. Maj. Dan Smith and incoming Post Sgt. Maj. Michael Worden as well as Mary Lee, Environmental Protection Specialist for Arden Hills Training Site.  During the show we discuss the growth and interagency partnerships at each camp as well as the future of Arden Hills and Camp Ripley. We also discussed the strides in being eco-friendly that each training facility has accomplished and what improvements they are heading towards for the future.

This week’s veteran is Heather Mathews. Heather served as an intelligence officer in the United States Navy. While on active duty, she was able to use her master’s degree in Intercultural Studies and gained five years of experience working abroad in East and Southeast Asia. She acted as a cross-­‐ cultural consultant and also supervised enlisted members. She has a high aptitude for learning foreign languages and currently speaks Mandarin, Tibetan, and some Thai.

Heather and hundreds of others are ready to work hard on their next mission. Can we Hire Minnesota’s Heroes? To connect with Heather Mathews contact the South Minneapolis Work Force Center at 612-821- 4009. That’s 612-821-4009, or to learn more, visit: Positively Minnesota dot com slash Veterans.

Military Appreciation Day Joint Services 2012

This week we recorded the show live at the Minnesota State Fair on Military Appreciation Day. The U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines were well represented at the KTLKState Fair 2012 booth. Minnesota National Guard, Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Richard Nash was our first guest and we found out about what the Army and Guard in Minnesota was focusing on. We also had Navy CMD Denise Spainer on the show and she gave us the run down on Naval Operations originating from our state and told us about the Navy Ball.  Marine Command Sgt. Maj. Duane Hauer talked to about recent Marine Deployments and their popular Toys For Tots program. Air Force Greg Greg Haase wrapped up another great show at the fair with information about  Air Force and Air Wing operations, recent deployments and current deployments.  One topic every leader said they were focusing on is Veteran’s employment.