Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey to visit MN National Guard soldiers
Rosemount, MN – Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of
Staff, is scheduled to visit with Minnesota National Guard soldiers and
airmen and present awards to a Minnesota National Guard officer at a ceremony
Thursday in Rosemount, Minn.
“It is a privilege and honor to host Gen. Dempsey during his visit to
Minnesota to meet with our service members,” said Army Maj. Gen. Richard C.
Nash, Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General.
“Soldiers and airmen will have an opportunity to visit with Gen. Dempsey,”
said Nash. “The general will present awards to Army Lt. Col. Mark Weber. He
is an extraordinary officer and in a short time made a positive impact on our
organization working full time as the Director of Strategic Communication.”
“Lt. Col. Weber was diagnosed with stage IV cancer two years ago,” said Nash.
“We want to recognize his contributions to the organization and with Gen.
Dempsey presenting these awards, it will demonstrate how much we value his
service to our state and nation.”
“Gen. Dempsey serves as the principal military adviser to the President, the
Secretary of Defense and the National Security Council,” said Army Lt. Col.
Kevin A. Olson, Minnesota National Guard Director of Public Affairs. “By
law, he is the nation’s highest-ranking military officer.”
Members of the media are invited to attend the town hall meeting with the
soldiers and airmen, a media availability with Gen. Dempsey and attend the
“End of Service Award Ceremony” Thursday, Aug. 16 at the National Guard
Training and Community Center, 13865 South Robert Trail, Rosemount, Minn.,
Members of the media interested in observing the town hall meeting from 1
p.m. to 1:45 p.m. and participate in the media availability with Gen. Dempsey
from 1:50 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 16, must R.S.V.P. with contact formation
(including a cell phone number) to Maj. Kristen L. Auge, Deputy Director of
Public Affairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 651-268-8961 no later
than Wednesday, Aug. 15 at 5 p.m.
Members of the media should arrive at 12:30 p.m. for credentialing and
The ceremony to honor Lt. Col. Weber is scheduled to begin 5:30 p.m. In the
event that your outlet is only going to cover the ceremony for Lt. Col.
Weber, you are asked to arrive at 5 p.m.
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