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Dr. King honored by Guard and community at annual breakfast

Community engagement is critical to the Minnesota National Guard's success, and a favorite event every year is the Dr Martin Luther King, Jr Holiday Breakfast in Minneapolis on the third Monday of every January
 
The event is a chance for Guard leaders to interact and introduce themselves to like-minded folks of all ages and backgrounds
 
"One of the core pieces of the mission is certainly to the community," said Lt Col Sandy Best of the 133rd Airlift Wing, attending her first MLK breakfast
 
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Several Guard leaders who normally attend the breakfast every year were unable to attend last year as they were deployed to Iraq with the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division
 
Last year, Lt Col Trancey Williams delivered a video greeting from Basra This year, that greeting was replayed for everyone in attendance, and Williams was then asked to stand to be recognized for the service of the Red Bulls and all Service members Williams received loud and enthusiastic applause  
 
"It's tremendous to have the military presence," said Kim Nelson, Senior Vice President at General Mills and an organizer of the breakfast
 
Nelson knows and appreciates the sacrifices of military members, because she grew up as a military child in Hawaii and her father flew C-130s in Vietnam
 
"I think people are so grateful," said Nelson "I think you saw that when Trancey stood up and was recognized
 
"I think most people are so very grateful for all that the Guard is doing but don't necessarily have the forums to thank them publicly," she said "This provides an opportunity"

National Guard leadership in attendance also included Adjutant General Maj Gen Richard Nash, 34th Infantry Division commander Brig Gen David Elicerio, Brig Gen Timothy Cossalter, Col Jon Jensen, Col Mike Huddleston, Col Eric Ahlness, Lt Col Angela Steward-Randle, Chap (LTC) John Morris, Lt Col Jake Kulzer, Lt Col Kevin Olson, Maj Brian Green, Lt Mike Griffith, State Command Sgt Maj Edward Mills, 34th Infantry Division Command Sgt Maj Doug Julin, Command Chief Master Sgt Greg Close, and Chief Master Sgt Ray Kennedy

Story and photos by Spc Thomas Keeler
1st Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
17 Jan 2011


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Guard Heritage Suffers with Loss of Artillery Unit

Posted: 2017-10-04  11:22 AM
ETAB ANOKA, Minn. - The Minnesota National Guard lost one of its most historically significant units when the 151st Artillery's E Battery, (Target Acquisition) cased its colors in a ceremony at the Anoka High School Aug. 19, 2017.

The Target Acquisition Battery (ETAB), 151st Field Artillery is one of the oldest and most decorated units in the Minnesota National Guard and the 34th Infantry Division. "Both Minnesota and the Division lose the proud lineage that goes back to Civil War days, through WW1 and WW2, and had a significant amount of battle streamers," said 151st Field Artillery Battalion Commander, Lt. Col. Patrick Cornwell.

The 151st Field Artillery draws its lineage from the 1st Regiment, Minnesota Heavy Artillery of 1864 which fought two major campaigns in Tennessee during the Civil War.



In one month: Minnesota Guardsmen support Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria

Posted: 2017-09-29  02:25 PM
Minnesota National Guard ST. PAUL, Minn. - In the span of a few weeks, three major hurricanes hit different parts of the southern United States, causing widespread damage and destruction and requiring the response of agencies around the country. The Minnesota National Guard is one of the many organizations that have responded, sending Soldiers and Airmen to Texas, Florida, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

"This is the most gratifying deployment of my career," said Capt. Jeremy Maxey with the 133rd Airlift Wing who was called back from his vacation early to go to the Virgin Islands. "It means a lot to be able to actually directly help people. It's why I serve. Throughout my career I've deployed numerous times, but this is the one where you actually see the people you serve."

The start of the month brought the first request for assistance. On Sept. 1, two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and 11 personnel from the St. Cloud-based B Company, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 211th Aviation Regiment left for Texas following Hurricane Harvey to transport personnel and equipment in support of response efforts.



Finding fellowship in the sacred mission

Posted: 2017-09-26  12:02 PM
Minnesota National Guard CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - One of the most difficult, most sacred, honorable duties in the military is one that people don't often think about. It takes compassion, empathy, care, and requires great resilience. It is one that when called upon to train for, they hope to rarely perform because it means another Soldier has been lost. It is the duty of casualty notification officer and casualty assistance officer.

About 45 Minnesota Army National Guard Soldiers came to Camp Ripley, Minnesota, on September 21-22, 2017, for a Reset Seminar to find fellowship in one specific thing they have in common: delivering the worst news in the Army.

When a Soldier dies at home or overseas, CNOs and CAOs must notify and help families through the process, including paperwork, benefits, and funeral arrangements.



Minnesota Guardsmen participate in Aurora 17 exercise in Sweden

Posted: 2017-09-25  09:06 AM
Aurora 17 SKOVDE, Sweden - Minnesota National Guard Soldiers from the 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 194th Armor traveled overseas in mid-Sept. 2017 to take part in a cooperative, national defense training exercise with allied countries.

"The education and experience these Soldiers will receive is invaluable," said Command Sgt. Maj. Shane Hybben, 1-194th command sergeant major. "Our Soldiers will have operated in joint forces operations with fire and maneuver, which will allow for best practices to be shared and used in the future. They will have a better understanding of other military forces and how they operate not only strengthening our force but everyone involved."

The Brainerd-based battalion spearheaded the mission to Sweden as the most recent element of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division to have taken part in joint international training missions throughout Europe since early 2017.



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