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Change of Command for the 1-194 CAB

The sun shone bright at Camp Ripley on Sunday, September 23, 2007 as the 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 194th Armor said good-bye to Lt. Col. Jeff Turner and welcomed their new Commander Maj Robert Intress

Lt. Col. Turner served as the Commander of the 1-194 for over two years and during that time he over saw the transformation of the unit from an armor battalion to a combined arms battalion He also over saw the deployment of over 800 of his Soldiers to combat in the Global War on Terror

"It is a very special treat to be a Commander of Soldiers, there is no better job in the Army," said Lt. Col. Turner

The 1-194 CAB makes up about one-tenth of the Minnesota National Guard's strength with it's 1,179 Soldiers assigned

In coming commander Maj Intress brings with him his experiences from two deployments with the Minnesota National Guard His most recent was with the 1st Brigade Combat Team where he served as the Deputy Operations Officer for the 1st BCT

"Every commander thinks about what he want to accomplish during his command, it is an honor and privilege not bestowed upon many," said Maj Intress

There are new challenges that come with the transformation into a CAB such as new training that needs to be accomplished and new equipment that the Soldiers will train on There is also the reintegration of the Soldiers that deployed that will be a key issue "As the new commander I want to create a cohesive team between the Soldiers that deployed and the Soldiers that did not deploy," said Maj Intress

For Lt. Col. Turner is it bitter sweet to leave the 1-194 but he looks forward to his new position as the Brigade S3 and the challenges this new position will bring

"It is hard giving up command but the Soldiers put together a great ceremony and it was a great way to go out," said Lt. Col. Turner

Maj Intress is new to the 1-194 but welcomes the challenges of continuing the outstanding leadership that was demonstrated by Lt. Col. Turner in his time as the commander

By Sgt Kenneth R Toole
Sept 23, 2007



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Posted: 2018-04-07  01:54 PM
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Posted: 2018-03-09  03:13 PM
Counterdrug WOODBURY, Minn. - Staff Sgt. Benjamin Kroll, an analyst with the Minnesota National Guard's Counterdrug Task Force who is assigned to work with the Hennepin County Sherriff's Office was recognized for his achievements as the Analyst of the Year during the 2018 Minnesota Association of Crime and Intelligence Analysts Training Symposium in Woodbury, Minnesota, March 7, 2018.

Through a partnership with Minnesota law enforcement agencies throughout the state, the Minnesota National Guard Counterdrug Task Force (MNCDTF) supports the anti-drug initiatives to counter all primary drug threats and vulnerabilities through the effective application of available assets, said Maj. Jon Dotterer, Counterdrug Coordinator for the State of Minnesota. The goal for the program is to support federal, state, tribal, and local agencies in the detection, disruption, interdiction, and curtailment of illicit drugs.

Kroll is one of sixteen service members on the Counterdrug Task Force that provides this force-multiplying service to our communities against illicit drug-use. With the information that law enforcement provide through their patrols and daily operations, Kroll and his colleagues across the state assist by putting together a figurative picture with all of the gathered information which aids in identifying how to move forward with legal action to deter or prevent the sale or use of illegal narcotic drugs.



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Posted: 2018-03-08  09:05 AM
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