| Minnesota National Guard Soldiers Killed In Iraq
The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of two Minnesota National Guard Soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Sergeant Corey J. Rystad, Age 20, of Red Lake Falls; and Sergeant Bryan T. McDonough, Age 22, of Maplewood were both killed in combat. Both Soldiers were assigned to B Company, 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry, based in Crookston. While traveling on a patrol mission near Fallujah, Iraq an Improvised Explosive Device detonated near their vehicle on Saturday, December 2nd at approximately 4 p.m. Iraq time.
"We mourn the loss of these two 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 two brave men. We will never forget their dedication, loyalty and bravery to the United States of America and the state of Minnesota. I ask that you keep their families and loved ones in your thoughts and prayers as they enter the holiday season with heavy hearts."¯
Members of the media are invited to a press conference at 3 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 4 at the Crookston National Guard Armory, 1801 University Avenue North, Crookston, Minn. Lt. Col. Kevin Gutknecht, the Rear Detachment Commander of the 1st of the 34th Brigade Combat Team will make a statement to the media.
The Minnesota National Guard will operate a media information center at the Crookston National Guard Armory, 1801 University Avenue North, Crookston, Minn on Monday, Dec. 4. The media is invited to generate remote broadcasts from the Detroit Lakes Armory on Monday, Dec. 4.
NOTICE TO NEWS EDITORS:
-The families have requested that further media inquiries be directed to the Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs Office at 651-268-8949. The family does not wish to be contacted by the media.
- Details of funeral service will be provided as they become available.
- visit: www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org
Sgt. Bryan McDonough
Sgt. Corey Rystad
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Posted: 2014-09-12 02:33 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
ST. PAUL, Minn. -More than 140 soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard's Chisholm-based 114th Transportation Company are scheduled to return Tuesday to Minnesota after a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan.
"The bus is scheduled to arrive after 6 a.m. and we are excited to see our families," said Army Capt. Ryan R. Koester, 114th Transportation Company Commander.
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Posted: 2014-09-11 10:20 AM
CANNON FALLS, Minn.- The Minnesota National Guard recently partnered with the University of Minnesota to assist in a humanitarian crisis simulation that gave some Minnesota graduate students an idea of what it's like to work in a refugee camp.
"This is our third year of doing this exercise and the overall aim is to give people a sense of what it's like to respond to an international and humanitarian disaster - in particular, a refugee crisis where people have fled across a border," said Dr. Eric James, co-director for the course.