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First Female Takes Command of Previously All-Male Unit

Posted: September 18, 2014 09:09 AM
Minnesota National Guard ST. PAUL, Minn.- "I'm just another Soldier; it doesn't matter that I'm a female," said Capt. Tara Robertson.

Robertson's soft-spoken words were amplified by her appointment to command an all-male combat engineer unit.

On September 14, the 849th Mobility Augmentation Company, a Minnesota Army National Guard unit based in Litchfield, not only received its first female commander, but it also officially cased its colors, signifying its separation from the 682nd Engineer Battalion. With new colors and new leadership, the 849th has been restructured into Company B, 334th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Red Bull Infantry Division.



MNARNG wins top environmental award

Posted: September 17, 2014 01:09 PM
Minnesota National Guard Little Falls, MN (mcrecord.com) --- Pitted against every branch of the U.S. Department of Defense, the Minnesota Army National Guard's (MNARNG) environmental team won the top environmental award, Aug. 27. The team was presented the 2014 Secretary of Defense Environmental Award for Environmental Quality by an Individual Team.

The Honorable Katherine Hammack, the assistant secretary of the Army, installations, energy and environment, and Adjutant General Richard Nash presented the award to the team.



Minnesota brothers reunite in Kuwait

Posted: September 15, 2014 12:09 PM
Minnesota National Guard CAMP BUERHING, Kuwait- "I didn't know if our paths would cross," said Sgt. 1st Class Lowell Laudert as he sat with his brother, Spc. Cameron Laudert.

The brothers, both from Monticello, Minn., are deployed together in support of Operation Enduring Freedom-Kuwait. They serve in separate units and components of the U.S. Army.



Minnesota National Guard substance abuse team offers new, interactive training for units

Posted: September 12, 2014 01:09 PM
Minnesota National Guard Hastings, Minn.- Substance abuse prevention in the Minnesota National Guard is taking a new approach with the help of a specially-trained team focused on education. Company C, 834th Aviation Support Battalion in Hastings got to experience the full extent of the new training during a recent drill weekend.

With about 23 Soldiers ranging in rank from private to captain, the class started out as most do. Todd Lofquist, the prevention coordinator assigned to the 34th Combat Aviation Brigade, was joined by the two other prevention coordinators for the state, Warren Anthony and Kirsten Johnson. With a combined total of 60 years of military experience, they presented the training with a fresh but familiar approach.



Minnesota National Guard's 114th Transportation Company returns to Minnesota

Posted: September 12, 2014 02:09 PM
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ST. PAUL, Minn. -More than 140 soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard's Chisholm-based 114th Transportation Company are scheduled to return Tuesday to Minnesota after a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan.

"The bus is scheduled to arrive after 6 a.m. and we are excited to see our families," said Army Capt. Ryan R. Koester, 114th Transportation Company Commander.



Minnesota National Guard partners with University of Minnesota for humanitarian response exercise

Posted: September 11, 2014 10:09 AM
Minnesota National Guard CANNON FALLS, Minn.- The Minnesota National Guard recently partnered with the University of Minnesota to assist in a humanitarian crisis simulation that gave some Minnesota graduate students an idea of what it's like to work in a refugee camp.

"This is our third year of doing this exercise and the overall aim is to give people a sense of what it's like to respond to an international and humanitarian disaster - in particular, a refugee crisis where people have fled across a border," said Dr. Eric James, co-director for the course.



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