133rd Airlift Wings Snow Birds Fly South for a Training Exercise
Posted: March 06, 2014 12:03 PM
Yuma, Ariz.- Airmen from the 109th Airlift Squadron and 133rd Airlift Wing make use of warmer temperatures to accomplish six-months of airdrops and other annual training requirements in a six-day time period in Yuma, Ariz., during Mar., 1, 2014.
The training provided a wide range of unique challenges that can't be reproduced in Minnesota. For the flight crews, the skies over Yuma Proving Grounds introduced unfamiliar terrain and high aircraft traffic volume. For the traditional Airmen, they were exposed to training beyond the normal Unit Training Assembly weekend. In addition, the newer Airmen had to adapt to the quick turnaround between the day and evening flights.
Social media offers many benefits, but Guard members must remain aware of its risks
Posted: March 06, 2014 09:03 AM
ARLINGTON, Va., (3/6/2014) - The use of social media has made it easier for many to stay connected to friends and family. It often provides the opportunities to give near instant communications via text or images and can help ease stresses when Service members are deployed. The benefits of social media are nearly endless and often far reaching.
"Social media spreads news faster than any other media," said Chief Master Sgt. Mitchell Brush, the senior enlisted advisor for the chief, National Guard Bureau, on his Facebook page, adding "it empowers us to effect change and do good on a community, state, national or even international level."
Local leaders help Minnesota Soldiers celebrate diversity
Posted: March 05, 2014 01:03 PM
ST. PAUL, Minn.- Former Service members and current faith leaders Reverend Arthur Day and Bishop Dan Williams spent some time with 34th Combat Aviation Brigade Soldiers discussing their military, religious and political careers as African Americans at Army Aviation Support Facility #1, St. Paul, Feb. 1, 2014.
Williams, a former Navy Service member who grew up in Alabama and Detroit, and Day, a former Army Soldier who has lived his whole life in Minnesota, sat facing a room full of 34th CAB Soldiers, including brigade commander Col. Greg Thingvold, and began the visit by answering a question from Lt. Col. Jeff Merricks.
From Mexico to Minnesota, Guardsman finds a new home
Posted: March 04, 2014 11:03 AM
ST. PAUL, Minn.- For one Minnesota National Guard Soldier, it was a meandering series of events that brought him from working nightclubs in Mexico City to chasing family and career obligations around the Midwest before finally becoming a full-time member of the Minnesota National Guard.
With the goals of finishing his education and starting a family, Staff Sgt. Cesar Garcia, the medical readiness non-commissioned officer for the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Combat Aviation Brigade, 34th Infantry Division, left his home country in 2000. He landed in Minnesota, where he attended Southwest Minnesota State University and earned his degree in communications, specializing in radio and television. He then spent the next four years working with KARE11 in Golden Valley and CBS2 in Chicago, Ill., raising three kids along the way. Once those stints in the television business ended, however, Garcia faced the reality that a career shift was on the horizon.