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Minnesota National Guard
Come home soon, come home safely

No matter who you are, there’s probably someone just like you in the Hastings-based National Guard unit

They’re young and old, men and women, white, black and Hispanic Some have the traditional military-style haircut, some are bald and others have full heads of hair Some wear glasses and a few sport moustaches

Charlie Company of the 834th Aviation Support Battalion gathered at Hastings High School Sunday with members of the public for a farewell ceremony The unit is being deployed to Iraq for tour of duty about one-year long

The unit consists of 43 Soldiers, six of whom are Hastings residents About another six Hastings residents are deploying with other units in the battalion

After the unit filed into the gym and unit members took their seats, it was apparent that Charlie Company isn’t made up of nameless, faceless Soldiers They’re neighbors and friends, brothers and sisters, and moms and dads

Charlie Company’s mission is to provide voice and Internet communications for the 34th Combat Aviation Brigade Captain Kent Kogler closed his speech Sunday by saying, “Charlie Company – the voice of the brigade”

The 834th Aviation Support Battalion’s mission is essentially to keep 140 helicopters in the air, according to Lt. Col.onel Eric Waage

He said the battalion is like an iceberg in that people see the 140 helicopters in the air What people don’t often see, Waage said, are the units like Charlie Company who work in the background, but serve equally, in roles as vital as those who pilot the helicopters

Mayor Paul Hicks spoke of the connection the Hastings community has to the unit, and during his speech referred to it several times as “our unit”

According to a press release from the Minnesota National Guard, the unit will deploy to Ft Sill, Okla for a short training period before being deployed to Iraq later this summer

Chad Richardson The Hastings Star-Gazette
Published Thursday, May 08, 2008

Article source: http://www.hastingsstargazette.com/



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Posted: 2018-07-03  01:36 PM
NOREX 45 Over the course of 10 days, 100 Soldiers and Airmen from the Minnesota National Guard who traveled to Norway June 17-26, 2018, for the 45th Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange learned valuable survival skills and shared their knowledge with members of the Norwegian Home Guard. This year's exchange was the second to take place during the summer months in the history of the longest-running military partnership between two nations.

"It was a great experience for both the Minnesota National Guard and the Norwegian Home Guard," said Capt. 'Kiwi' HorgA�ien, the senior Norwegian instructor. "A cultural exchange, a social exchange and military exchange all packed into one."

The 45th exchange got off to a late start, with flight delays causing the trip to be shortened from its normal length of two weeks. The delay meant that the Minnesota Guardsmen jumped right into training, heading out to the field after just a few hours of sleep.



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Posted: 2018-06-29  10:48 AM
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The exercise, tagged as Iron Ore, was designed test the Airmen abilities to set up operations at an unfamiliar location and receive in depth training on Ability-To-Survive and Operate (ATSO) principles while supporting airlift and aeromedical flight operations.

To ensure mission success and readiness, Airmen had to complete training at home station prior to leaving for Alpena. Some of this training included weapons qualification, gas mask fit testing, Mission Oriented Protective Posture (MOPP) familiarization, self-aid and buddy care and career field training.



Red Bulls Kickoff Division Warfighter

Posted: 2018-06-13  01:38 PM
DIV WFX CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. - "A Warfighter is an exercise that allows the Division to evaluate their ability to maneuver assets in a battle," said Master Sgt. Greg Weaver, the Operations Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge for the Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion. "It is designed to focus on particular areas and specific objectives to be evaluated or tested."

The Division has geared its' planning and training efforts in preparation for Warfighter since July 2017. Coordinating transportation for Soldiers and equipment was often on the mind of Maj. David Johansson, the logistics officer for the 34th ID. With the coordination of Johansson and his team, troops and equipment all converged on Camp Atterbury, enlisting the help of 89 railcars, 280 tractor-trailers, and nearly 50 buses for the movement.

"I like to say my job is to 'quiet the noise'". Johansson continued, "The noise being a real life logistical problem that could impede the exercise."



Minnesota-based aviation unit takes part in Warfighter Exercise

Posted: 2018-06-08  11:59 AM
34ECAB WFX CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. - More than 150 Soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade are here participating in a multi-echelon training event, Warfighter Exercise 18-5, May 30 to June 15.

The exercise, which is part live and part virtual, is testing the St. Paul, Minnesota-based aviation unit's ability to conduct operations and mission command in a high-intensity, complex operating environment. Soldiers are being challenged to take decisive action as they focus on air-ground operations -- or synchronizing and integrating aviation operations into the scheme of maneuver planned and conducted by forces on the ground.

In this case, the units on the ground are being commanded by the Rosemount, Minnesota-based 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, which is also participating in the exercise.



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