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09/11/19

Semi-Annual Department of Military Affairs Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Company conference a great success

  • Semi-Annual Department of Military Affairs Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Company conference a great success
  • Semi-Annual Department of Military Affairs Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Company conference a great success

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) supported the Semi-Annual Department of Military Affairs Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Company Conference Sept. 5.  The conference was held in Duluth Minnesota at the 148th Fighter Wing and was co-hosted by the Wing and Minnesota Power – Allete, Inc. 

One hundred employers flew to Duluth in C-130s based out of the Minneapolis 133rd Air Wing.  Fifty Employers flew out of Holman Field in St. Paul aboard two Chinook Helicopters.  Another forty employers drove to the 148th Air Wing. All was going well until the Chinooks ran into heavy rain and lightning.  They had to set down about half way to Duluth.  Ultimately the decision was made to abort the flight and return to Holman Field. 

Fortunately onboard the Chinooks were several ESGR representatives including, Bruce Townshend, Chief, Employer Engagement; M Rob Lawrence, Minnesota ESGR Employer Outreach Director; two Minnesota ESGR Region 7 volunteers; and Minnesota Department of Military Affairs Director of Military Outreach, Annette Kuyper.

This awesome team put together an “on the fly” tour of the AAFS facility, BTYR networking time, an ESGR briefing and a seven seals award presentation. While all of this was going on those that made it to Duluth conducted the planned activities for the day which included an Allete Yellow Ribbon Initiatives presentation, 148th Fighter Wing mission overview, Facilitated Networking/Best Practice Sharing, 23rd Veteran Presentation, Blue Star Mothers Presentation, ESGR Presentation and a Minnesota National Guard Update.

The Employers at Holman Field were able to take a picture in front of a Blackhawk Helicopter and those at Duluth in front of an F-16.  Despite the weather challenges all turned out well due the flexibility and professionalism of all involved. 


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