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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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Red Bulls Kickoff Division Warfighter

Posted: 2018-06-13  01:38 PM
DIV WFX CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. - "A Warfighter is an exercise that allows the Division to evaluate their ability to maneuver assets in a battle," said Master Sgt. Greg Weaver, the Operations Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge for the Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion. "It is designed to focus on particular areas and specific objectives to be evaluated or tested."

The Division has geared its' planning and training efforts in preparation for Warfighter since July 2017. Coordinating transportation for Soldiers and equipment was often on the mind of Maj. David Johansson, the logistics officer for the 34th ID. With the coordination of Johansson and his team, troops and equipment all converged on Camp Atterbury, enlisting the help of 89 railcars, 280 tractor-trailers, and nearly 50 buses for the movement.

"I like to say my job is to 'quiet the noise'". Johansson continued, "The noise being a real life logistical problem that could impede the exercise."



Minnesota-based aviation unit takes part in Warfighter Exercise

Posted: 2018-06-08  11:59 AM
34ECAB WFX CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. - More than 150 Soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade are here participating in a multi-echelon training event, Warfighter Exercise 18-5, May 30 to June 15.

The exercise, which is part live and part virtual, is testing the St. Paul, Minnesota-based aviation unit's ability to conduct operations and mission command in a high-intensity, complex operating environment. Soldiers are being challenged to take decisive action as they focus on air-ground operations -- or synchronizing and integrating aviation operations into the scheme of maneuver planned and conducted by forces on the ground.

In this case, the units on the ground are being commanded by the Rosemount, Minnesota-based 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, which is also participating in the exercise.



148th Fighter Wing hosts STEM program for Duluth-area students

Posted: 2018-06-05  08:52 AM
Starbase Duluth DULUTH, Minn. - Dozens of community and industry leaders passionate about helping children become more engaged in science, technology, engineering and math gathered at the 148th Fighter Wing in Duluth, Minn., May 24, 2018, to see what STARBASE Minnesota Duluth is doing for young students in the area.

STARBASE is a Department of Defense youth program that engages students in STEM studies. The program began in 1991, and STARBASE Minnesota was founded in 1993 in St. Paul, which expanded to Duluth in July 2017.

Currently, the school program is open to fifth-grade students, said Charity S. Rupp, the director of STARBASE Minnesota Duluth. The summer camp will serve students in 4-6th grade. Eventually, she hopes the program will expand into STARBASE 2.0 to serve middle school students as an after school program during the academic school year.



Minnesota National Guard leaders visit traveling tribute in Austin

Posted: 2018-05-22  10:16 AM
Traveling Wall AUSTIN, Minn. - A replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was on display May 16-20, in Austin and leaders of the 347th Regional Support Group took the opportunity to visit during the event's closing ceremony.

The display, dubbed the American Veterans Traveling Tribute, was hosted by Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Austin and featured a near-replica of the memorial in Washington, D.C.

"It was an honor to be part of this humbling and moving tribute to our Vietnam veterans," said Col. Stephen Schemenauer. "The traveling Vietnam Wall is a powerful display, and this event provided an opportunity to meet, and thank, service members from WWII to present-day conflicts. Regardless of their branch of service, or the era or conflict in which they served, we all share a common bond."



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