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Minnesota National Guard
30-Day Reintegration Event for E Battery, 151st Field Artillery


June 18, 2010

~30-Day Reintegration Event for E Battery, 151st Field Artillery~

82 Minnesota National Guard Soldiers of the Anoka-based E Battery, 151st Field Artillery and their families will gather together at the St Paul River Center Saturday for their 30-Day Yellow Ribbon Training.

This is the first of two family-focused reintegration events that reconnect Service members and their families with community service partners. In a reunion-like atmosphere, the Soldiers and their families learn what benefits and what resources are available to help them to overcome the challenges of reintegration.

Specifically, this phase of reintegration training focuses on:

* Assisting Service members in identifying the signs and symptoms of combat stress, addressing family relationship issues and facilitating follow-on care
* Presenting post-deployment training that focuses on transitioning combat zone behaviors and attitudes to "home-zone" behaviors
* Providing follow-on marriage and parenting counseling from pre-deployment training
* Access to service partners for explanations of all benefits available to combat veterans
* Certified Public Accountants provide workshops to help Service members understand their finances and live within their budget

E Battery arrived home from a year long deployment on March 31 2010 They provided radar support to US Forces in the Baghdad area  The unit utilized sophisticated radar equipment to acquire enemy rocket, mortar and artillery fire  E Battery was responsible for sensor management, logistics and maintenance support for 15 radar teams providing counter fire support and sensory capabilities to military bases in Iraq
E Battery, 151st Field Artillery notable deployment accomplishments include:

* Provided early warning and enemy surveillance for 600 indirect fire attacks on coalition forces
* Maintained and controlled 130 radar sensor platforms on 10 different bases
* Conducted 500 critical resupply missions and upheld an operational readiness rate of 98%

For more information about the 30-Day Yellow Ribbon Training visit www.BeyondTheYellowRibbon.org.

To schedule an interview with a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Deployment Cycle Support leader, contact Melanie Nelson at 651-253-4968.

For more information on the Minnesota National Guard visit us at www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs at mn.ng.web@mail.mil or call 651-282-4410



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