NP's Nash to lead MN National Guard

Governor Tim Pawlenty appointed Major General Richard C. Nash of New Prague to be the 30th Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard on Thursday, Aug. 26. Major General Nash succeeds Major General Larry Shellito who announced his retirement in June.

The Adjutant General is the administrative head of the Minnesota Department of Military Affairs and the leader of the Minnesota National Guard. Minnesota has the nation's fifth largest National Guard, with more than 14,000 members operating in 63 facilities throughout the state.

Major General Nash is currently the Commander of the 34th Infantry Red Bull Division headquartered in Rosemount. He led more than 1,200 Citizen-Soldiers representing 273 Minnesota communities and 14 states who deployed with the Red Bulls during a historic 12-month deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2009 and 2010.

Major General Nash earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and graduated from the Army War College. Originally from Jordan, Nash and his wife Jeanette live in New Prague. They have two grown children, son Ryan and daughter Kelly.

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