| 34th DISCOM deactivated and 347th Support Group activated
ROSEVILLE, Mn- The end of one era marked the beginning of another era when a dual ceremony deactivating the 34th DISCOM was combined with an activation ceremony for the 347th Support Group Dec 2 at the Roseville Training and Community Center
Maj Gen Rick Erlandson, 34th Infantry Division Commander, charged the 347th Support Group to continue the rich lineage of the 34th DISCOM
"This is a time for reflection for the accomplishments of the 34th DISCOM and also a time of celebration for a newly formed organization, the 347th Support Group," Erlandson told an audience of several hundred
Erlandson said that while change is challenging, the Minnesota Guard can be proud that the 34th Infantry Division and its supporting units have been the first to transform under the Army transformation plan for National Guard units
The 34th DISCOM was organized on Feb 22, 1959 It was reorganized and redesignated several times over its history and has had numerous subordinate units that have been part of the command structure
During the ceremony, the 34th DISCOM flag was sheathed by outgoing Col Charles Parins and outgoing Command Sgt Maj John McNamara while the new flag of the 347th Support Group was unfurled by incoming commander Col Shawn Kempenich and incoming Command Sgt Maj John Sands
"My vision for the Support Group is that we are a highly disciplined, standards-based, physically fit, combat-focused team ready to conduct combat operations and Joint Force Headquarters Force Protection," Sand said
"I will lead by example in all these areas I demand leaders at all levels do the same," Sands added
During the ceremony, red roses were presented to Mrs Peggy Parins and Mrs Sue McNamara while yellow roses were presented to Mrs Joan Kempenich and Mrs Tammy Sand
By Master Sgt Edwin Holt, Minnesota National Guard
American meal welcomes warriors
Posted: 2016-06-22 09:31 AM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - Soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard and Norwegian Home Guard gathered together at the Camp Ripley Hanger Conference Center June 20, 2016, for the American Meal as part of the Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange. The exchange began in 1974 and is the longest-running military exchange partnership between any two nations.
The event, centered on the taste of American foods, shared the cultural and social experiences typically found here in America.
"It has been a pleasure to be here; we have a lot to learn from each other and it starts right here, with the young members of our two military organizations," said Brig. Gen. Sandra Best, chief of staff of the Minnesota Air National Guard.
Here comes the boom!
Posted: 2016-06-21 10:13 AM
FORT IRWIN, Calif. - "Earthpig One-Six, this is Bravo Six, you are clear to advance on the objective," is heard over the radio within the crowded, oven-like Bradley Fighting Vehicle operated by engineers of the 334th Brigade Engineer Battalion in the middle of the Mojave Desert on June 15, 2016.
The platoon, consisting of two Bradley Fighting Vehicles and an Assault Breacher Vehicle, was preparing for a live-fire breaching mission utilizing the mine clearing line charge while in "The Box" during National Training Center rotation 16-07 for the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, at Fort Irwin, California.
"The 1st Battalion, 145th Armored Regiment, requested my platoon as an asset in an obstacle breaching lane where we used a mine clearing line charge, or MICLIC," said Sgt. Adam Clark, a combat engineer with A Co., 334th BEB. "We provide security for our ABV asset to be able to effectively launch the rocket and detonate the charges to clear whatever the obstacle may be."
Supporting a Brigade Training for Combat Readiness
Posted: 2016-06-20 02:21 PM
FORT IRWIN, Calif. - The 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division is relying on the 347th Regional Support Group for life support during their rotation at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif. Comprised of seven companies, this unit brings the mission command, transportation expertise, human resource capabilities, medical support and eager Soldiers needed to provide life support to a small city.
Divided into two rotations and a rail operations team, nearly 500 soldiers of the RSG are spending their annual training at the National Training Center, providing life support for the 1/34 ABCT.
"Even though this is not a typical mission for our subordinate units, our teams (consisting of personnel from different companies), really came together to make this relatively large operation flow smoothly," said Maj. Ryan Koester, plans officer and rail officer-in-charge for the off-loading portion at Marine Corps Logistics Base, Yermo, Calif.
Red Bulls Begin Saber Strike
Posted: 2016-06-14 09:24 AM
TAPA ARMY BASE, Estonia - Soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Red Bull Infantry Division joined units from 14 countries to support the Saber Strike 16 exercise taking place from May 27-June 22 throughout Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The long-standing U.S. Army Europe-led exercise is designed to improve joint interoperability through a range of missions that prepare participating nations to support multinational contingency operations.
"Taking leadership roles in Saber Strike, Cooperative Resolve, Yama Sakura, Talisman Sabre, Austere Challenge and other international exercises sharpens our skills as soldiers and leaders, and reinforces the reputation earned by the Red Bulls who served before us," said Division Commanding General Maj. Gen. Neal Loidolt. "Through Saber Strike, we are strengthening relationships with our Allies to enhance international security, while broadening the capacity of the Minnesota National Guard to assist in future coalition operations."
During the exercise, the Red Bulls are demonstrating for partner nations, such as Slovenia, the capabilities a division headquarters brings to the battle. Soldiers from C Company, 34th Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion are also augmenting the communications capabilities of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment.