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Fort Snelling Officers Club is no longer offer lunch before General Membership Meetings.
Minnesota Zoo salutes our troops with special discounts for military personnel and their families during Military Appreciation Month, December 1–31, 2013.
Free admission for military personnel December 1-31, 2013
Military personnel (active, retired and civilian) will receive free Zoo admission and free parking. Family members will receive discounted admission ($2 off adult/$1 off children and seniors). Other specials include $2 show discounts at the Great Clips IMAX Theatre, a 20% discount on food purchases at the Zoo, and a 10% discount on all regular price merchandise in the Zoo’s Gift Shop. Military identification or proof of military service is required. No other discounts apply. Visit mnzoo.org for more information.
The Fighting Saints Battalion (FSB) for the third consecutive year placed first in the ROTC Division at the 29th Annual Army Ten-Miler. This event drew some 36,000 runners, 689 teams with 79 teams competing in the ROTC Division. The Fighting Saints Battalion earned 1st place in the ROTC Division placing 3 runners in top 100 and 1 runner in top 200. They finished with a combined time of 3:52:10, Michigan State came in 2nd with a combined time of 4:00:44and the University of Minnesota finished third with 4:07:39. Cadets Colin Charpentier, Connor Gjevre, Zachary Eich, Theodore Erickson, Michael Skovera and Christopher Zilka made up the FSB ROTC Team. Cadet Christopher Zilka from St. Cloud State University placed 71 overall and was the first Cadet in the Command to cross the finish line with a time of 55:40. Cadets Ella Cameron, Sara Weill, Rachel Boerner & Danielle Bahlmann were members of the Vessey Women Team, and placed 5th in the Women Open Division.
The FSB AUSA Sub-chapter was presented with two awards (Most Active & Largest Company) during the ROTC Luncheon hosted by Cadet Command Commanding General – MG Jefforey Smith.
Minnesota’s Civil War Commemorative Task Force, chaired by Secretary of State Mark Ritchie and joined by Vessey Chapter President Don Kerr, traveled to the Georgia’s Snodgrass Hill to participate in anniversary events related to the battle of Chickamauga fought September 19-20, 1863. The Second Minnesota fought bravely at several locations during this battle being among the first units to engage Confederate forces and one of the last to leave the field after serving as part of General George Thomas’ heroic rear guard action which allowed the Army of the Cumberland to safely withdraw and earned Thomas the nickname: “Rock of Chickamauga.”
“The Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex: Winning the Future Fight” (Torchbearer Issue Paper, August 2013) discusses the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex (JPARC), the Defense Department’s largest training venue in Alaska. The JPARC integrates all domains—land, air, sea, space and cyber—to provide unparalleled opportunities to bring disparate capabilities into a coordinated and comprehensive environment. Alaska sits at the center of gravity for the entire Asia–Pacific region, enabling the U.S. military to project strategic landpower—Army, Marines and special operations forces—across the theater that became a major focal point of U.S. defense policy with the January 2012 release of the Obama administration’s “Sustaining U.S. Global Leadership: Priorities for 21st Century Defense.” Enabling large-scale joint, interagency, intergovernmental and multinational training not available elsewhere, the JPARC’s size and location allow for realistic deployment and employment of joint forces to meet tactical and operational requirements and for the exercise of existing war plans for the defense of the Asia–Pacific theater of operations.
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