| Students send Holiday cheer
A table full of candy is a kid's dream but this table isn't set for the little ones
It's for the Airmen of the 148th Air National Guard Fighter Wing who are serving overseas
These little candy filled care packages are the idea of Sandy Franke whose husband served in Viet Nam
"He told me a 14 year old girl sent him a letter once when he was there and it meant so much"
The kids from Cloquet's Churchill School also enclose letters in their packages
There are also plenty more memories of home in the plastic baggies
"There's candy, beef jerky and Chapstick We heard Chapstick was an item in great demand"
Sue Hanson's nephew is in the 148th and all the holiday goodies will be sent to him
He'll pull a little extra duty to give the treats to his comrades along with this heartfelt message:
"Merry Christmas, 148th!"
In Cloquet, Dave Anderson, the Northland's News Center
Many members of the 148th Fighter Wing are serving at several undisclosed locations overseas this holiday season
Article source: http://www.NorthlandsNewsCenter.com/
Red Bull Soldier gains US citizenship
Posted: 2016-06-30 02:30 PM
ST. PAUL, Minn. - A Minnesota National Guard soldier was one of 82 new U.S. citizens naturalized in a ceremony June 29, 2016, at Harriet Island Park.
For Pvt. Ali Mohamed Dahir, a motor transport operator assigned to A Co, 134th Brigade Support Battalion, gaining U.S. citizenship was a long-awaited dream come true.
"It feels amazing. It really does," Dahir said, after the ceremony in which he took the Oath of Allegiance. "It can't get any better than the feeling I have right now."
Red Bull infantrymen prepare for deployment
Posted: 2016-06-29 09:44 AM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - Minnesota National Guard Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry Regiment, 34th Infantry Division spent June 17-30, 2016, at Camp Ripley.
The Soldiers of 2-135 Infantry are taking part in annual training in preparation for the battalion's upcoming deployment.
"Our Soldiers are well-trained, experienced and ready when called upon," said Lt. Col. Jon Ostercamp, the battalion commander, during an interview earlier this spring.
Minnesota National Guard and Norwegian Home Guard Soldiers conduct domestic operations training with local law enforcement
Posted: 2016-06-28 08:30 AM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - Soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Red Bull Infantry Division and the Norwegian Home Guard received training from local Minnesota law enforcement officers during a three-day domestic operations training event on Camp Ripley, June 24-26, 2016.
The training event, meant to provide both Minnesota and Norwegian Soldiers with an understanding of inter-agency cooperation between law enforcement and the military, consisted of basic instruction in crisis negotiation, active shooters and hostage rescue.
"We were asked to participate in this training exercise, which I consider an honor," said Washington County SWAT team member Chris Rheault who is a crisis negotiator and also a full-time Woodbury police officer. "This training provides everyone an opportunity to share tactics. Although we're instructing the training, it really provides us with an opportunity to all learn from each other. These Soldiers have different experiences and teach us just as much as we can teach them."
American meal welcomes warriors
Posted: 2016-06-22 09:31 AM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - Soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard and Norwegian Home Guard gathered together at the Camp Ripley Hanger Conference Center June 20, 2016, for the American Meal as part of the Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange. The exchange began in 1974 and is the longest-running military exchange partnership between any two nations.
The event, centered on the taste of American foods, shared the cultural and social experiences typically found here in America.
"It has been a pleasure to be here; we have a lot to learn from each other and it starts right here, with the young members of our two military organizations," said Brig. Gen. Sandra Best, chief of staff of the Minnesota Air National Guard.