| 834th ASB receives new leadership
The 834th Aviation Support Battalion (ASB) welcomed a new commander at a Change of Command Ceremony in St. Paul, Minn. on Nov. 15. Lt. Col. Eric Waage, the outgoing 834th ASB Commander, passed the battalion colors to Lt. Col. Michael Taff, the incoming commander, signifying the beginning of a new chapter in the battalion story.
“I am proud to have been part of such an effective unit, filled with these outstanding people, during an important period in our nation's history,” Lt. Col. Waage said.
Under Lt. Col. Waage’s leadership, the 834th ASB received the Meritorious Unit Commendation Award following its deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as part of Task Force 34 from Aug. 2008 to May 2009.
“I am particularly proud of the reputation that the 834th built in Iraq for tirelessly finding solutions to any strange and difficult logistical problems that impacted those units we supported,” Lt. Col. Waage continued.
Throughout his time in command, Lt. Col. Waage left a lasting impression on those he worked with.
“I learned a lot from Lt. Col. Waage, he has many qualities that a leader should have,” said Cpt. Daniel Dobler, Headquarters Support Company 834th ASB Commander. “He was a very good listener and was able to absorb a great deal of information, process it and come out with very logical and sound plans.”
Cpt. Dobler feels Lt. Col. Taff will also be a great leader and great fit for the battalion, because he is familiar with the 834th ASB from his previous full time job as the 34th Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB) Officer in Charge, and also from the deployment where he was the 34th CAB Executive Officer.
“Lt. Col. Taff brings strong leadership abilities to the unit, and also his knowledge of the battalion and what it is capable of doing will also make him a strong battalion commander,” Cpt. Dobler said.
Lt. Col. Waage also has faith that Lt. Col. Taff will succeed.
“I've known Lt. Col. Taff for many years and have a great deal of respect for him,” Lt. Col. Waage said. “I know he is really motivated to do some great things during his tenure, so I am very happy that the unit will be in such capable hands. He will make a superb battalion commander.”
Lt. Col. Taff is ready to put his stamp on the 834th ASB.
“I had been watching this organization for some time and have noted the challenges that organization faced. The diverse mission sets of the battalion have always intrigued me,” Lt. Col. Taff said. “My first focus will be to ensure that the right leadership is in the right positions as we now assume a new mission set supporting state active duty demands.”
Lt. Col. Taff is excited to use this command as a stepping stone in his career to eventually move upward in the state and the Army.
“This will hopefully pave the way for U.S. Army War College and ultimately a Colonel position,” Lt. Col. Taff said.
Both, incoming and outgoing commanders are proud of where the 834th ASB has been and look forward to what the future holds.
Lt. Col. Waage now works with Joint Force Headquarters as the Director of Joint Doctrine, Training and Force Development, which coincides with his full-time National Guard position.
By Sgt. Jodi Krause
Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs
15 Nov. 2009
National Guard to Assist with Avian Influenza Response
Posted: 2015-04-26 08:43 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 26, 2015
ST. PAUL, Minn.- The Minnesota State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) called on the National Guard to deliver water for use in the disease containment effort as part of the state's response to avian influenza.
Thirty National Guard soldiers and 15 military water trucks from the Wilmar-based 682nd Engineer Battalion and the Brooklyn Park-based A Company, 134th Brigade Support Battalion will be used in the mission. Large amounts of water are needed in foaming systems being used as part of euthanasia efforts, which are in place to control further spread of avian influenza virus.
The Guard members are assigned to assist beginning Monday and will work through Wednesday as additional water transport resources are identified.
34th Combat Aviation Brigade soldiers coming home
Posted: 2015-04-24 04:07 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 24, 2015
ST. PAUL, Minn.-
Nearly 80 members of the 34th Combat Aviation Brigade's Headquarters Company and 2nd Battalion, 147th Assault Helicopter Battalion are returning home from a year-long deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom-Kuwait and Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq on Saturday morning.
Soldiers will be bussed to the Army Aviation Support Facility #1, 206 Airport Road, St. Paul, Minn., at approximately 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. The remaining 130 soldiers will return next week.
Four Army National Guard installations win Secretary of the Army environmental awards
Posted: 2015-04-23 01:06 PM
ARLINGTON, Va. - Four Army National Guard installations, two arsenals, and two teams will receive Fiscal Year 2014 Secretary of the Army Awards for their environmental program achievements.
These winners will go on to represent the Army in the Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards Program later this year.
The winners of the FY 2014 Secretary of the Army Environmental Awards include these Army National Guard facilities:
Minnesota Guard job shadow program builds for the future
Posted: 2015-04-22 11:15 AM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - For the fifth year employees of Camp Ripley participated in a job shadow program for the purpose of education and professional development.
"Job shadowing is effective for students where 'seeing' is more beneficial than 'telling,'" according to Chief Warrant Officer 2 Dan Bednarek of the Camp Ripley Visitors Bureau.
The job shadowing program at Camp Ripley provided students an opportunity to observe working professionals in several different mechanical and technical fields on post.