| 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
204th Area Support Medical Company Celebrate Their Return to Minnesota
Posted: 2015-08-29 08:44 AM
After a nine-month tour of duty on the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt, the Soldiers of the 204th Area Support Medical Company based out of Cottage Grove, Minn., celebrated their return home on Aug. 29, 2015, at Century College in White Bear Lake.
"Our Soldiers provided medical support for the Multinational Force and Observers, which is comprised of more than 1,600 Service members from 12 nations," said Army Capt. Jonathan Vang, 204th Area Support Medical Company commander.
Military Appreciation Day at the Minnesota State Fair
Posted: 2015-08-28 03:36 PM
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August 31, 2015
The fifth annual Military Appreciation Day at the Minnesota State Fair presented by USAA on Sept. 1st will recognize veterans and provide an educational opportunity for all fair goers to learn about Minnesota's military community.
"A special addition this year is a morning Veteran Recognition Program just before the flag officially raises on the day at the fair," said Maj. Gen. Rick Nash, Minnesota National Guard adjutant general.
Distinguished Visitors Tour Vigilant Guard Exercise
Posted: 2015-08-28 03:30 PM
SAINT PAUL, Minn. - Distinguished visitors toured the Minnesota Vigilant Guard 2015 exercise on Tuesday. The group was comprised of visiting military officials, emergency response leaders, and government officials.
Their purpose, to gain insight on how the Minnesota National Guard coordinates with military, federal, state, and civilian agencies during emergencies and disasters.
148th Fighter Wing simulates Emergency Family Assistance Center
Posted: 2015-08-28 03:09 PM
DULUTH, Minn. -- The 148th Fighter Wing Emergency Family Assistance Center was activated in response to the Vigilant Guard 2015 exercise Aug. 24, 2015, as the Minnesota National Guard continued to assist local authorities around the northeastern part of the state in response to a series of simulated weather-related disasters.
"Emergencies happen, we want to make sure that military families have the information and assistance they need," stated Jennifer Kuhlman, 148th Fighter Wing Airman and family readiness program manager and EFAC coordinator.