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Minnesota National Guard
1st Battalion, 151st Field Artillery Change of Command

Part of the welcome home ceremony for the Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 151st Field Artillery was to welcome their new Battalion Commander  Lt. Col. Lowell Kruse assumed command from Lt. Col. Scott St Sauver on August 6, 2010 during the battalion's welcome home ceremony in Montevideo, Minn.

St Sauver had commanded the Soldiers of the 1-151 for the past three years and led them on their very successful deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, where the Soldiers provided convoy security escort throughout the Iraqi theater.

 "I am so proud of these Soldiers," said St Sauver.  "They did everything I asked of them  All I had to do was let the leaders be leaders and then I held them accountable"

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For St Sauver leaving the 1-151 is a bitter sweet reality.  This deployment was his second with the unit and serving as the Battalion Commander had long been his dream but he is now living his next dream as he serves as the Post Commander for Camp Ripley.

For Lt. Col. Kruse it is a welcome home for him as well as he has spent a majority of his career serving with the 1-151.  Kruse also just recently returned from his own deployment with the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division where he served as the Deputy Effects Coordinator.

"If I have to pass command of this great unit, I could not be happier than to pass it to one of my best friends  Lt. Col. Kruse will do a great job," said St Sauver.

Lt. Col. Kruse will have some significant challenges ahead of him with his new command.
"I look forward to the challenges we will face as a unit in the near future  As we go forward from this deployment and we field the M777 155mm Howitzer System.  We are going to our next annual training and will qualify on all of our field artillery tables," said Kruse.

The 1st Battalion, 151st Field Artillery is made up of several batteries from across the southwestern portion of the state and includes the newly added Battery E (TAB), 151st Field Artillery, which is located in Anoka, Minn.

Story and photos by 1st Lt Kenneth Toole
Camp Ripley Public Affairs
6 Aug, 2010

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