| 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
Minnesota National Guard contract acquisition team to deploy
Posted: 2017-01-15 04:44 PM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - Four Soldiers from the Minnesota Army National Guard's Little Falls-based 1903rd Support Detachment, 347th Regional Support Group will deploy for a nine-month contracting mission at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel.
"The Soldiers are motivated, trained and ready for their upcoming mission. We will contract for the necessary services and supplies to support the warfighter," said to Lt. Col. Michael Lange, the team commander.
Jensen takes command of historic 34th Red Bull Infantry Division in its 100th year
Posted: 2017-01-13 01:54 PM
Brig. Gen. Jon Jensen, Minnesota National Guard Director of the Joint Staff, took command of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, Jan. 8, 2017, as the Division marks its centennial anniversary.
"2017 marks a historic year for the Red Bulls as we begin celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 34th Infantry Division," said Maj. Gen. Richard C. Nash, Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard. The Division, then known as the "Sandstorm Division," was created in 1917 from National Guard troops of Minnesota, Iowa, the Dakotas and Nebraska.
Jensen is the second native of Council Bluffs, Iowa, to hold the position and joins a long line of commanders who have led the Division through both of the World Wars up to the current Global War on Terrorism.
Military, Civilian Response Agencies Train for Super Bowl 2018
Posted: 2017-01-12 09:34 AM
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Soldiers and Airmen with the Minnesota National Guard's CBRN Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP) and Twin Cities emergency service personnel with MN Task Force One endured single-digit temperatures at the WestRock paper mill in St. Paul, Minn., Jan. 7, 2017, for a joint training exercise.
The 203-person CERFP conducts command and control, search and extraction, decontamination and medical operations to assist civil authorities in providing disaster response. It is comprised of Soldiers from the 84th Troop Command, 682nd Engineer Battalion and 434th Chemical Company, and Airmen from the 133rd Airlift Wing Medical Group.
This was the second joint training exercise the CERFP and MN Task Force One have conducted together, said Maj. Ryan Cochran, the Deputy Commander of the Minnesota CERFP.
NOREX 44 'Away Team' assembles in preparation for annual exchange
Posted: 2017-01-11 01:21 PM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - The contingent of soldiers and airmen from the Minnesota National Guard preparing for the annual U.S.-Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange assembled for their first formal training event Saturday and Sunday at Camp Ripley Training Center.
The preparatory drill weekend, which took place one month before 103 members of the Minnesota National Guard embark to Norway as part of the "away team" for the two-week military and cultural exchange event, was held to provide information on the exchange and, more importantly, allow an opportunity for these service members from units across the state to come together as one team.
"It's a good opportunity to meet people from diverse backgrounds in an accelerated environment," said Army Sgt. 1st Class David Wentzel, with the 1st Battalion, 125th Field Artillery. "This experience is what they're going to make of it, and they're making the most of it."