| Brothers reunite for promotion
CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq - Out of seven siblings in the Jensen family, five are in the Minnesota Army National Guard and four of the five were able to attend the promotion of the youngest to Chief Warrant Officer 4 at Contingency Operating Base Basra, Sept 25
Chief Warrant Officer 3 Kevin Jensen, supply systems technician, 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, was pinned as Chief Warrant Officer 4 by his brother, fellow Chief Warrant Officer 4 Brent Jensen
Col Charles Parins, sustainment chief, 34th Inf Div, presided over the ceremony, held in the Sandstorm Conference Center at Multi-National Division " South Headquarters He introduced the brothers by age " and lack of hair " to the assembled members of 34th Inf Div and 1st Battalion, 151st Field Artillery Regiment out of Montevideo, Minn, currently based at Camp Buehring, Kuwait
Brent and Master Sgt Brad Jensen, the oldest of the brothers, travelled to COB Basra to attend Kevin's ceremony
"It was a tremendously unique experience to have three of my four brothers, members of my old unit and my friends in the military here for this," said Kevin Of the seven Jensens there are five males and two females All the males are members of the Army National Guard
Kevin is deployed to COB Basra with another brother, Maj Brian Jensen, information operation plans officer, 34th Inf Div in Basra "Kevin is the youngest of seven, but he's proven himself to his older and wiser siblings," said Brian with a smile
Brent, who is two years older than Kevin, and Brad are deployed with 1st Bn, 151st FA Regt in Kuwait and were able to make the trip to COB Basra this week
"Brent and I were commissioned together on the same day at Ft Rucker (Ala) in 1995," said Kevin, adding that it was an honor to have him in Basra for the ceremony
Unfortunately, Col Bruce Jensen, the second-oldest Jensen brother, also with the 34th Inf Div and a facilities management officer for the state of Minnesota, was not deployed and unable to attend
By Sgt 1st Class Jeff Mullet
Public Affairs, Multi-National Division-South
Learning to instruct professionalism and discipline
Posted: 2017-04-19 02:15 PM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - It was a challenging and rewarding two weeks for members attending the Army National Guard Funeral Honors Instructor Course, April 1-14, at Camp Ripley.
Soldiers of National Guard units from all over the United States took part in the course designed to educate team leaders in a variety of funeral honor detail tasks, traditions and responsibilities.
"It's a stressful course, but for our job, we have to be prepared to do our job under stress; and we all really benefitted from that," said Class Honor Grad, Sgt. Ryan Valline of the 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry.
Chaplains support Muslim Soldiers by finding common ground
Posted: 2017-04-18 01:42 PM
ROSEMOUNT, Minn. - The Soldiers of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division had a unique opportunity to speak with one of the U.S. Army's five Muslim chaplains April 7-10, 2017. U.S. Army Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Khallid Shabazz, I Corps deputy command chaplain, travelled from Fort Lewis, Washington, to Minnesota to provide professional development for the division chaplain section.
"Soldiers perform at a higher level when they are spiritually fit," said Minnesota National Guard Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Buddy Winn, the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division command chaplain. "And, it's our job as chaplains to make sure Soldiers have their spiritual needs met, regardless of faith. Having Chaplain Shabazz here as a Muslim Chaplain provides the diversity in religious background that we can't provide internally."
There are five major religions supported by the chaplaincy: Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist, but over 200 religions are recognized. Chaplains can only perform services for their particular religion, but they can provide support for all Soldiers, regardless of their faith.
Howling with pride - Minnesota Service members honored by MN Timberwolves
Posted: 2017-04-14 04:25 PM
ST. PAUL, Minn. - For the third consecutive year, Minnesota service members were honored with on-court recognition and other VIP treatments as part of the Minnesota Timberwolves Heroes of the Pack Program.
"We are very appreciative for what the military does for us, and we wanted to give something back to honor the military," said Roger McCabe, who along with wife, Nancy, is a driving force behind the recognitions through the FastBreak Foundation and Roger & Nancy McCabe Foundation. "This is our way of doing it."
Having lived through the Vietnam War - and with Roger and Nancy both having parents who served - the two philanthropists decided a few years back to build upon existing recognition efforts already underway by the Timberwolves. And with that, recognitions that were typically happening at Target Center in November expanded to include Minnesota Service members from all branches at every home game - a total of 41 honorees per season.
Red Bulls move vehicles for partnership exercises
Posted: 2017-04-12 03:22 PM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - Soldiers of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division wrapped up a week-long rail load operation Sunday at Camp Ripley in preparation for several upcoming international training exercises.
Vehicle crewmen from the 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry based in Moorhead, worked with railroad personnel from BNSF Railway to stage, load and secure their equipment in preparation for movement.
"It was a lot of work and lessons learned, but it was awesome seeing the completed product," said Sgt. 1st Class Brian Reiten, readiness non-commissioned officer for C Co., 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry.