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Junior ROTC cadets conduct winter exercise at Camp Ripley

Posted: January 28, 2015 11:09 AM
JROTC CAMP RIPLEY, Minn.- Junior ROTC cadets from Como Park High School in St. Paul bivouacked, Jan. 22-25, at Camp Ripley.

"This is our 20th year as a program and our first year conducting a winter leadership exercise," said Maj. John Foley, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.) and senior instructor.



Deployment Ceremony Gives Soldiers A Proper Send-Off

Posted: January 27, 2015 10:04 AM
1-171 deployment ST. CLOUD, Minn.- A deployment ceremony was held Saturday afternoon for Minnesota Army National Guard soldiers in the St. Cloud-based Detachment 1, Charlie Company, 1-171 Aviation Regiment.

The ceremony featured guest speakers, the Order to Mobilization, and a benediction from the brigade chaplain.

Captain Amanda Waldusky is a commanding officer for the company. She says they will head down to Texas before the actual deployment.

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Minnesota Guard will not be going to Liberia, after all

Posted: January 26, 2015 10:07 AM
Minnesota National Guard ST. PAUL, Minn.- As the number of West Africans who have become infected with Ebola drops dramatically, members of the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Red Bull Infantry Division are learning that they will not be going to Liberia to support the U.S. military's mission there.

Col. Kevin Olson, Guard spokesman, said Saturday night that the division -- which was going to Liberia in support of Operation United Assistance -- is no longer required.

"The Rosemount-based 34th Red Bull Infantry Division was one of the units identified to deploy, and has informed the nearly 300 soldiers preparing for this mission that they will not be required to support the effort to contain the Ebola virus disease in West Africa," Olson said in a statement.



MN National Guard Aviation deployment ceremony

Posted: January 23, 2015 02:59 PM
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Jan. 22, 2015

ST. CLOUD, Minn.- Minnesota Army National Guard Soldiers from the St. Cloud-based Detachment 1, Charlie Company, 1-171 Aviation Regiment (Air Ambulance) are scheduled to attend a departure ceremony Saturday in Saint Cloud, Minn., in preparation for a one-year deployment to Camp Buehring, Kuwait this month in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.



Austin Armory completes $3.7 million upgrade

Posted: January 23, 2015 10:33 AM
Minnesota National Guard AUSTIN, Minn.- Following the completion of a year-long, $3.7 million renovation, the Austin Armory was officially declared open for business following a ribbon cutting ceremony outside the armory's new entrance, Jan. 20, 2015.

"This renovation provides a more efficient use of space and maximizes the training capability for the unit, making this armory an asset for years to come," said Sgt. 1st Class David Gansen, readiness non-commission officer for 224th Transportation Company, 347th Regional Support Group. "We updated just about everything, from our motorpool to the way the lights turn on."

The Austin Armory, a base of operations for the transportation company conducting light- and medium-haul missions to deliver supplies, food and even vehicles to units downrange, underwent functional, mechanical and electrical improvements, said Maj. Eduardo Saurez, operations officer for the 347th RSG. Renovations to the building, which was originally constructed in 1964, include a modernized kitchen, female locker and shower facilities, window treatments and occupancy sensing lighting, to name a few.



Hockey Day 2015: Big games, troop tributes pair well with unique setting

Posted: January 22, 2015 02:33 PM
Hockey Day MN ST. PAUL, Minn.- Hockey mixed with helicopters Saturday at St. Paul's Holman Field as Minnesota sent out a combined salute to the sport and men and women in the armed services.

This year's Hockey Day Minnesota was organized in conjunction with the Minnesota National Guard and helps benefit the Serving Our Troops organization.

The result was what organizers think might be an event unique in the history of hockey: A tournament played on an outdoor rink set up on the tarmac of a working airport.



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