Thingvold speaks at annual veterans’ cruise

Stillwater resident and Minnesota National Guard Col. Greg Thingvold is speaker at the 10th Annual Stillwater Veterans Memorial Benefit Cruise that sails Aug. 20, event organizers said..

Thingvold is director of plans, operations and training for the Minnesota National Guard. After graduating from White Bear Mariner High School in 1982, Thingvold entered the military, earned his commission in 1987 and became a helicopter pilot in 1989. He has flown the UH-1 Huey, AH-1 Cobra, and the UH-60 Blackhawk.

Thingvold holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts, a master’s degree in business and a second master’s degree in strategic studies.

Thingvold is currently assigned as the director of plans, operations and training (J-3) for the Joint Force Headquarters and is responsible for providing operational and training guidance and support to the Minnesota Army National Guard. The J-3 conducts contingency planning and preparation to provide timely and appropriate military support to meet required federal, state, and community missions.

Thingvold also evaluates and monitors the status of readiness of Army National Guard units and implements programs and procedures to meet mission readiness requirements while managing the portion of the Army National Guard operating budget for plans, operations and training functions.

Some of Col. Thingvold’s previous military assignments include Director of Personnel for Joint Force Headquarters, Battalion Commander of 2-147th Air Assault Battalion, and Personnel Officer, Joint Force Headquarters.

In August 2007, while serving as the Battalion Commander, Col. Thingvold led the 2-147th Assault Helicopter Battalion comprised of 435 soldiers and 30 UH-60 aircraft during a yearlong combat deployment in support of multi-national corps, Iraq, Operation Iraqi Freedom in Balad, Iraq. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and Air Medal.

Tickets for the cruise are on sale for $30, with $15 of each ticket tax deductible. The boat leaves the dock at 6 p.m. and return at 8:30 p.m. Boarding is at 5:30 pm. Proceeds from the event benefit the preservation and improvement of the Stillwater Veterans Memorial, located at Third and Pine Streets.

Dick Anderson of St. Croix Boat and Packet Co. again is generously sponsoring the annual benefit cruise. For tickets or information, visit or call 651-344-6245.