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Minnesota National Guard
Morris Armory will be home to new company

Because of advances in field artillery, the Morris Armory will soon be home to a new National Guard unit

The 151st Field Artillery will soon be moving its equipment and headquarters to Ortonville while the 175th Forward Support unit now in Appleton will be calling the Morris Armory home, according to Morris Guard Readiness NCO Brent Fuhrman

The 1st Battalion, 151st Field Artillery is a Minnesota Army National Guard battalion headquartered in Montevideo There are six major units in the 1-151 FA: Battery A in Marshall; Battery B in Madison and Olivia; Battery C in Morris and Ortonville; Battery E in Anoka and the 175th Forward Support Company in Appleton

The Morris Guard will be dedicating its January drill time to making the move, Fuhrman said, adding that he had no information on a time frame for an official turnover

"It's not a bad thing, it just has to work this way," he said

The Minnesota National Guard has criteria for the number of soldiers it wants in its units The 151st "Charlie Company" is making a transition to a new, technologically advanced Howitzer gun system that requires fewer soldiers per gun, which requires a rearrangement of resources, Fuhrman said

"In order to keep all the armories viable, this is how the battalion was restationed," Fuhrman said

The soldiers of the 151st have served two tours overseas during the Iraq War Charlie Battery soldiers returned home from its second deployment this spring

One benefit of the move will be the opportunity for women to join the Guard in Morris since they are able to serve in Forward Support At this time, women are not able to serve in combat arms units, Fuhrman said

Related to the change, Fuhrman will be serving at Assistant Operations NCO for the Montevideo National Guard Doug Anderson will remain in Morris as the Training NCO for the 175th Forward Support unit, and Jason Picht, who has been serving in Appleton, will return to Morris as Readiness NCO of the 175th in Morris

Published: January 3, 2011 10:38:06 PM CST

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