Military Appreciation Week

Monday, November 6, thru Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Several important events are scheduled for Military Appreciation Week, Monday, November 6, through Tuesday, November 14, 2017, at Dakota County Technical College on the college’s main campus in Rosemount, Minnesota, and Inver Hills Community College on the college’s main campus in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota.

Military Appreciation Week sponsors
  • Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Committee
  • Military and Veterans Service Center
  • DCTC Chapter, Minnesota State College Faculty
  • DCTC Foundation
  • DCTC Student Senate
  • Inver Hills Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Committee and Black Student Union

Google Calendar links

A Million Thanks: Letters to Veterans and Active Service Members
Monday, November 6, 2017 | 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: DCTC Student Life Center

  • Show your appreciation! Write a note to a veteran or active duty service member
  • Cards are available in the Student Life Center November 9–13
  • Please consider making a $1 donation with your card to cover mailing

Military & Veterans Service Center Open House
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 | 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Location: DCTC Military & Veterans Service Center | 2-303

  • Dakota County Veteran Services, the VA Medical Center, the Minnesota WorkForce Center, and the Brooklyn Park Vet Center
  • Have a connection with someone who has served? Have a dog tag made by Brooklyn Park Vet Center

Heart of a Ranger: The True Story of Cpl. Ben Kopp, American Hero in Life and Death
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 | 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: DCTC Dakota Room

  • Story of Cpl. Ben Kopp, a Rosemount native and American hero, by Bill Lunn
  • Books available for purchase, book signing after presentation
  • Open to the community

Toys 4 Military Kids
Deadline: Thursday, November 9, 2017
Location: DCTC Military Veterans Service Center & Student Life Center

  • Supports children of active duty, guard and reserve personnel during the holidays
  • Please consider giving unwrapped toys or gift cards

Veterans Appreciation Reception
Sponsored by the DCTC MSCF Chapter
Thursday, November 9, 2017 | All Day
Location: DCTC 2-303

  • Cake reception in the Military and Veterans Service Center
  • Sponsored by DCTC faculty
  • Veterans and service members in the campus community are invited

Event flyers


Tribute to Veterans and their Military Service
Thursday, November 9, 2017 | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Inver Hills Community College Cultural Center

  • Women veterans from yesterday to today and what the near future holds for them
  • Presented by Colonel Angela Stewardrandle, U.S. Army Minnesota National Guard: Come hear a bit of her story
  • Sponsored by the Inver Hills Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Committee and Black Student Union

Veterans Day
Friday, November 10, 2017
Campus Closed

Know the GI Bill
Monday, November 13, 2017 | 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Location: DCTC 2-106

  • Great info for faculty advisors
  • Learn more about the Minnesota State policies that support current military and veterans
  • With Kerry Lurken, VA School Certifying Official, and Kathy Backman, MDVA Higher Education Coordinator

Suicide Awareness Training
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 | 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Location: DCTC 2-204

Suicide Awareness Training
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 | 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: DCTC 2-204

  • “Suicide Awareness Gatekeeper” session
  • Identify warning signs and risk factors for suicide, how to ask a person if they are at risk, and where to refer them for professional help
  • Presented by Lindy Fortin, Program Coordinator of the VHA Suicide Prevention Program
To learn more about Student Life and Military Appreciation Week at DCTC and Inver Hills, contact:

Nicole Meulemans
Director of Student Life and Activities
651-423-8403

Anna Voight
Associate Director of Student Life
651-423-8649

Photo attributions

U.S. Coast Guard

U.S. Coast Guard

First African American female USCG helicopter pilot

Lt. La’Shanda Holmes, the Coast Guard’s first African American female helicopter pilot and current White House Fellow—assigned to NASA.
(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Connie Terrell)

U.S. Navy

U.S. Navy

USS Essex simulates a strait transit as part of Dawn Blitz 2017

PACIFIC OCEAN (October 24, 2017) The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) simulates a strait transit as part of Dawn Blitz 2017. Dawn Blitz is a scenario-driven exercise designed to train and integrate Navy and Marine Corps units by providing a robust training environment where forces plan and execute an amphibious assault, engage in live-fire events, and establish expeditionary advanced bases in a land and maritime threat environment to improve naval amphibious core competencies.
(U. S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Irwin Sampaga/Released)

U.S. Army

U.S. Army

Eyes out and watch your sector

173rd Airborne Brigade paratroopers conduct a security halt during a foot patrol at the 7th Army Training Command’s Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, Jan. 28, 2017. The 173rd is the U.S. Army’s Contingency Response Force in Europe, providing rapidly deploying forces to the U.S. Army Europe, Africa and Central Command Areas of Responsibility within 18 hours. The Brigade routinely trains alongside NATO allies and partners to build stronger relationships and strengthen the alliance.
(U.S. Army photo by Visual Information Specialist Markus Rauchenberger)

U.S. Air Force

U.S. Air Force

F-22 Raptor

An F-22 Raptor from Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. flies over the Gulf of Mexico, April 1, 2017. The Raptor was taking part in a flight alongside a KC-135 Stratotanker to show appreciation to the employers of Guard and Reserve Airmen.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Airmen 1st Class Cody R. Miller/Released)

U.S. Marines

U.S. Marine Corps

Snow Dogs

Capt. Robert Mortenson, a company commander with Black Sea Rotational Force, spends time with a Norwegian search-and-rescue dog during cold-weather training aboard Skoganvarre, Norway, Feb. 5, 2016.
(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Immanuel Johnson/Released)

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