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Race for the Cure raises $15,500 for breast cancer research

More than 190 runners braved chilly temperatures and icy-cold rain to participate in the five-kilometer Susan G Komen Race for the Cure, held in the early hours of Dec 17 at Adder Commons

The event raised approximately $15,500 in donations, pledges and entry fees, all of which will be used to fund breast cancer research efforts

Maj Stephanie Leong, a psychiatrist with the 1972nd Medical Detachment, organized the event as her "last hurrah," she told a roomful of participants in Memorial Theater after the race was finished Leong returned to the US two days later

"A while back, Maj Leong came to me and said, "˜I want to do something for the community in Tallil,'"said Lt. Col. Pam Mindt, commander of the 1972nd "I was humbled What a wonderful thing to bring people together to raise money to eradicate breast cancer What we did today made a difference for the greater good"
Prior to the race, runners huddled together to keep warm and dry before finally making their way to the wet and muddy road for the start of the 31-mile event First to finish was 2nd Lt Elias Gonzalez, just under the 16-minute mark As the rest came in, they were directed to the theater where they were offered snacks, drinks and a complimentary T-shirt

Staff Sgt Carrie Sullivan of the 82nd Sustainment Brigade, a breast cancer survivor who has been in remission for two years, participated in the race She said she was very pleased with the turnout of the event and hopes events like the race continue to increase in popularity among the military community

"It feels really good to know that even out here we can still support the cause of finding a cure for breast cancer," said Sullivan "We still have a chance to participate and contribute, which is great"
Leong attributed the large turnout and the amount of funds that were raised " which exceeded her goal of $10,000 by more than half that amount " to the motivation and commitment of the participants

"I think it turned out to be a fabulous event," said Leong "I think people were really excited to be involved with something like this It just goes to show that Soldiers want to give back and contribute, and they want to be involved with something greater"

After the race, prizes were given out in several categories, including Top Male and Female Finishers, Under and Over 40; Oldest and Youngest Runners; and First and Last Overall Finishers Capt Joseph Berube of 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division's Headquarters and Headquarters Company won an iPod for raising the most individual money, with $760, Leong said

The event was run in conjunction with the South Florida Race for the Cure, which will be held Jan 20, 2007 More information on that race can be found by visiting http://wwwraceforthecure-soflaorg/indexshtml

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women, affecting approximately one in nine during their lifetime, according to the American Cancer Society The disease can also affect men, though these cases make up less than 1 percent of total diagnoses each year

By Spc Dustin Perry, 1/34th BCT Public Affairs
12/17/06




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Posted: 2018-07-03  01:36 PM
NOREX 45 Over the course of 10 days, 100 Soldiers and Airmen from the Minnesota National Guard who traveled to Norway June 17-26, 2018, for the 45th Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange learned valuable survival skills and shared their knowledge with members of the Norwegian Home Guard. This year's exchange was the second to take place during the summer months in the history of the longest-running military partnership between two nations.

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The 45th exchange got off to a late start, with flight delays causing the trip to be shortened from its normal length of two weeks. The delay meant that the Minnesota Guardsmen jumped right into training, heading out to the field after just a few hours of sleep.



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Posted: 2018-06-29  10:48 AM
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The exercise, tagged as Iron Ore, was designed test the Airmen abilities to set up operations at an unfamiliar location and receive in depth training on Ability-To-Survive and Operate (ATSO) principles while supporting airlift and aeromedical flight operations.

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Posted: 2018-06-13  01:38 PM
DIV WFX CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. - "A Warfighter is an exercise that allows the Division to evaluate their ability to maneuver assets in a battle," said Master Sgt. Greg Weaver, the Operations Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge for the Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion. "It is designed to focus on particular areas and specific objectives to be evaluated or tested."

The Division has geared its' planning and training efforts in preparation for Warfighter since July 2017. Coordinating transportation for Soldiers and equipment was often on the mind of Maj. David Johansson, the logistics officer for the 34th ID. With the coordination of Johansson and his team, troops and equipment all converged on Camp Atterbury, enlisting the help of 89 railcars, 280 tractor-trailers, and nearly 50 buses for the movement.

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Minnesota-based aviation unit takes part in Warfighter Exercise

Posted: 2018-06-08  11:59 AM
34ECAB WFX CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. - More than 150 Soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade are here participating in a multi-echelon training event, Warfighter Exercise 18-5, May 30 to June 15.

The exercise, which is part live and part virtual, is testing the St. Paul, Minnesota-based aviation unit's ability to conduct operations and mission command in a high-intensity, complex operating environment. Soldiers are being challenged to take decisive action as they focus on air-ground operations -- or synchronizing and integrating aviation operations into the scheme of maneuver planned and conducted by forces on the ground.

In this case, the units on the ground are being commanded by the Rosemount, Minnesota-based 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, which is also participating in the exercise.



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