MNARNG wins top environmental award
Posted: September 17, 2014 01:09 PM
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
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
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
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.
204th Area Support Medical Company Departure Ceremony
Posted: September 10, 2014 10:09 AM
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ST. PAUL, Minn. - More than 40 soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard's 204th Area Support Medical Company are scheduled to attend a departure ceremony Saturday in Cottage Grove, Minn., in preparation for a nine-month deployment to the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt in support of Multi-National Force and Observers (MFO). The mission of the MFO is to enforce the 1979 peace treaty between Egypt and Israel.
"Although there was a short timeline to prepare for our deployment, the 204th Area Support Medical Company is trained and ready to successfully complete our assigned mission," said Army 1st Lt. Jonathan Vang, 204th Area Support Medical Company Commander.