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Flood Fight 2010 in Oslo

Oslo, Minn is once again surrounded and at times cut-off from overland vehicle travel because of flood water from the Red River Oslo, which has a population of about 347 people, has seen more than its fair share of flooding over the years During flood season, the town transforms its' streets and railways into a modified dike system to provide a perimeter around the town

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A dozen Soldiers from Bravo Company, Second Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry (B Co 2-136 CAB) are in Oslo providing additional support to local authorities The Town Hall acts as a command post for the city and B Co Soldiers work with town officials, Fire and Rescue workers, Minnesota Department of Transportation and the US Army Corps of Engineers to coordinate relief and support efforts for the citizens of Oslo

Yesterday, the Minnesota National Guard assisted Minnesota's Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) by escorting and delivering a FEMA replacement generator to the flooded city This is just one example of how the Minnesota National Guard is assisting local authorities with the protection of life and property

B Co Soldiers are also providing relief and support to local authorities by running a checkpoint on the eastern edge of town to restrict vehicle traffic along flooded US Highway 1, conducting dike patrols and manning a Tactical Command Post (TCP) so that vital information is relayed back to their company Tactical Operations Center (TOC)

The B Co TOC is located at the Crookston Armory and has the responsibility of tracking all flood activity in and around Oslo The TOC maintains real-time communication with the Soldiers in Oslo, monitors equipment movement, local support requests as well as maintains maps and flood data for the area The B Co TOC acts as the eyes and ears for the 2-136 CAB TOC located in Moorhead

There are approximately 285 Soldiers and Airmen on State Active Duty (SAD) supporting Flood Fight 2010 Under the direction of the Governor, the Minnesota National Guard will continue to provide necessary resources to support civil authorities responsible for the state's emergency management plan

TSgt Brett R Ewald, 148th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
March 23, 2010





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Governor Mark Dayton installs new Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General

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.



In one month: Minnesota Guardsmen support Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria

Posted: 2017-09-29  02:25 PM
Minnesota National Guard ST. PAUL, Minn. - In the span of a few weeks, three major hurricanes hit different parts of the southern United States, causing widespread damage and destruction and requiring the response of agencies around the country. The Minnesota National Guard is one of the many organizations that have responded, sending Soldiers and Airmen to Texas, Florida, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

"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.

When a Soldier dies at home or overseas, CNOs and CAOs must notify and help families through the process, including paperwork, benefits, and funeral arrangements.



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