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Three Minnesota National Guard Soldiers killed in Iraq

The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of three Minnesota National Guard Soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom The Soldiers died when insurgents attacked their unit using indirect fire - a term usually reserved for mortars, rockets and artillery

Spc Daniel P Drevnick, Age 22, of Woodbury, Spc James Wertish, Age 20, of Olivia and Spc Carlos E Wilcox IV, Age 27, of Cottage Grove were killed in combat All three Soldiers were assigned to Stillwater-based 34th Military Police Company, 34th infantry Division

The Soldiers were killed by an indirect fire attack at 9:15 pm Thursday, July 16 (local Iraq time) on Contingency Operating Base Basra

"We mourn the loss of these three Soldiers; they were truly part of our National Guard family,"�said Maj. Gen. Larry Shellito, the Adjutant General of Minnesota, "Please take a moment to reflect on the ultimate sacrifice made by these three brave men We will never forget the dedication, loyalty and bravery shown by these Soldiers for the United States of America and the state of Minnesota I ask that you keep these Soldiers, their families and loved ones in your thoughts and prayers now and forever"�

Members of the media are invited to a press conference at 9:00 am on Saturday, July 18 at the Stillwater National Guard Armory, 107 E Chestnut St Stillwater, MN 55082

Lt. Col. Michael Wickman, the Rear Detachment Commander of 34th Infantry Division will make the official statement to the media

The Minnesota National Guard will operate a media information center at the Stillwater National Guard Armory, 107 E Chestnut St Stillwater, MN 55082 on Saturday, July 18 The media is invited to generate remote broadcasts from the Stillwater Armory

NOTICE TO NEWS EDITORS:

- Details of funeral services will be provided as they become available

For more information and updates on the fallen Soldiers and the 34th Military Police Company, 34th Infantry Division visit www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs at mn.ng.web@mail.mil or call 651-268-8855

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Posted: 2017-11-04  04:16 PM
TAG installation ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton administered the oath of office to Maj. Gen. Jon A. Jensen, installing him as the Minnesota National Guard's 31st Adjutant General during a ceremony in St. Paul, November 4, 2017.

"General Jensen has been a tremendous leader of the Minnesota National Guard throughout his years of dedicated service," said Governor Dayton. "He has served in two top leadership positions, as the Commanding General of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, and also as the Chief of Staff at the Guard's Joint Force Headquarters. I am confident that he will continue to provide the same outstanding leadership as his predecessor, General Rick Nash."

Jensen most recently served as the Commanding General of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division. He previously held positions as Deputy Commanding General, United States Army Africa and Southern European Task Force, Minnesota National Guard Director of the Joint Staff and Minnesota National Guard Assistant Adjutant General - Army.



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Posted: 2017-10-04  11:22 AM
ETAB ANOKA, Minn. - The Minnesota National Guard lost one of its most historically significant units when the 151st Artillery's E Battery, (Target Acquisition) cased its colors in a ceremony at the Anoka High School Aug. 19, 2017.

The Target Acquisition Battery (ETAB), 151st Field Artillery is one of the oldest and most decorated units in the Minnesota National Guard and the 34th Infantry Division. "Both Minnesota and the Division lose the proud lineage that goes back to Civil War days, through WW1 and WW2, and had a significant amount of battle streamers," said 151st Field Artillery Battalion Commander, Lt. Col. Patrick Cornwell.

The 151st Field Artillery draws its lineage from the 1st Regiment, Minnesota Heavy Artillery of 1864 which fought two major campaigns in Tennessee during the Civil War.



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Posted: 2017-09-29  02:25 PM
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"This is the most gratifying deployment of my career," said Capt. Jeremy Maxey with the 133rd Airlift Wing who was called back from his vacation early to go to the Virgin Islands. "It means a lot to be able to actually directly help people. It's why I serve. Throughout my career I've deployed numerous times, but this is the one where you actually see the people you serve."

The start of the month brought the first request for assistance. On Sept. 1, two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and 11 personnel from the St. Cloud-based B Company, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 211th Aviation Regiment left for Texas following Hurricane Harvey to transport personnel and equipment in support of response efforts.



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Posted: 2017-09-26  12:02 PM
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About 45 Minnesota Army National Guard Soldiers came to Camp Ripley, Minnesota, on September 21-22, 2017, for a Reset Seminar to find fellowship in one specific thing they have in common: delivering the worst news in the Army.

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