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151st Field Artillery almost home

More than 600 Soldiers landed at Volk Field, Wisconsin over the weekend following their 12-month deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. After conducting a few days of medical and administrative out-processing they will return to their Minnesota Army National Guard armories to be released to their families during the first week of April. The returning Soldiers are from the 1st Battalion, 151st Field Artillery and E Battery, 151st Field Artillery

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There are five major units in the 1st Battalion, 151st Field Artillery: Headquarters and Headquarters Battery in Montevideo, A Battery in Marshall, B Battery in Madison and Olivia, C Battery in Morris and Ortonville and the 175th Forward Support Company in Appleton.

Headquartered at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, the unit provided Convoy Security and Force Protection for logistical supply convoys from Kuwait to Forward Operating Bases throughout Iraq.  Many Soldiers are looking forward to a little time off. Spc Travis Skindelien from Curry, Minn and Johnathan Pobuda from Minneapolis were two members of a "gun truck" team in Iraq. "Spending some time with the family barbeque and beer, that's what I'm looking forward to" said Skindelien. "Grillin' and hangin' out" agreed Pobuda.

1st Battalion, 151st Field Artillery notable accomplishments include:
- Successfully completed 591 combat missions, traveling more than 19 million miles without accident or injury
- Sustained an operational readiness rate of 9963% throughout their deployment
- Received the first Theater Sustainment Command Safety Award
- Conducted 127 Soldier reenlistments while deployed

E Battery, 151st Field Artillery, from Anoka, Minn, provided radar support to US Forces in the Baghdad area  The unit was responsible for sensor management, logistics and maintenance support for 15 radar teams providing counter fire support and sensory capabilities to bases in Iraq.

By Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Ewer
Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs
28 Mar, 2010

 

 





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