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Minnesota National Guard
114th gets new vehicles, new first sergeant

The Chisholm-based 114th Transportation "Wolfpack" Company welcomed its new palletized loading system (PLS) trucks and welcomed a new first sergeant in a ceremony April 19 at National Guard Armory in Chisholm, Minn

The Trucks
The new PLS trucks are 500 horse-power vehicles that will greatly increase the capabilities of the 114th to serve the state and the Greater-Minnesota community around Chisholm When a trailer is attached to the trucks, they can hall 33 tons of supplies

If the equipment is loaded into a connex box then it can be loaded and unloaded in a matter of five minutes with a two man crew, according to Staff Sgt Karl Stenlund, 114th readiness sergeant

The trucks also increase the capability of the "Wolfpack" to serve in Minnesota's severe weather conditions

The Top
1st Sgt Chris Amundson handed over responsibility 1st Sgt Scott Lemkuhl in a change of responsibility ceremony However, before he left, 1st Sgt Amundson was awarded one of the Army's highest medals, the Meritorious Service Medal

1st Sgt Amundson thanked his Soldiers and his wife for their support and commitment throughout his military career

The incoming first sergeant or "top," 1st Sgt Lemkuhl, is assuming responsibility of the unit during a time when the entire Minnesota National Guard has transformed from a strategic reserve, or "weekend warrior," force to a strategic operational force that is taking on combat deployments in support of our nation's freedom

April 19, 114th Transportation Company's new vehicles, new first sergeant photo gallery



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