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Meritorious Unit Commendation Award presented to 1-125 FA

On May 3, 2009 the 1st Battalion, 125th Field Artillery was presented with the Meritorious Unit Commendation Award This award is presented to units that display outstanding devotion and superior performance of extremely difficult tasks that place it above and set it apart from other units


The unit received the award for their actions during a 16-month deployment supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2005-2007 Senior military leaders spoke at the presentation, reminding the Soldiers of their outstanding accomplishment Four fallen Soldiers were also remembered as Civil War re-enactors fired four cannon shots

Congressman Tim Walz stated, "Minnesota will ensure that you're taken care not only now while you wear the uniform, but also as you transition out of the military"

Senator Amy Klobuchar thanked the Soldiers for their actions and shared stories of how many compliments she receives about how great the Minnesota National Guard is "People all over the country know who you are and about the work that you do You should be proud," Klobuchar stated

The 1-125 FA is another example of what the Minnesota National Guard is capable of Long gone are the days of the "weekend warrior" and the new normal is a guard force ready to support not only their state, but their country as well

Written By Sgt Dajon Schafer
Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs

May 3, 2009 Meritorious Unit Commendation Award presented to 1-125 FA - Low-Res



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