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E-mail scam deploys fake Soldier

Latest scam purports to be from an Army engineer stationed in Iraq

Goodbye, Nigerian princess So long, foreign lottery director You've been replaced by a US soldier in a war zone

The latest e-mail scam -- seeking "a partner to handle the receiving of some funds" -- purports to be from an Army engineer stationed in Iraq The come-on, which recently landed in the Star Tribune's in-box, contains strikingly similar terminology and tone, even the same broken English, as previous bogus efforts to part recipients and their money

"Somebody has decided to play off the good nature of people and good standing that the military enjoys with the US public," said Capt John Donovan of the Minnesota National Guard

Chris Veltsos, who teaches information security classes at Minnesota State University, Mankato, calls it "a social engineering ploy"

"People might be reluctant to trust a foreign national who's got a lot of money," he said "They're playing on the trust we have of military men and women and getting us to lower our defense mechanisms"

The US Army's Criminal Investigation Command warned of such solicitations last year "These are not soldiers; they are thieves," spokesman Chris Grey said

In such e-mail scams, gullible people who reply are typically asked to send money to the unknown sender with the expectation of getting much more money in return They never do

By the way, Donovan said there is help for real Minnesota soldiers who find themselves in financial difficulty They include the Minnesota Family Foundation and the VFW's Unmet Needs program

People who receive such e-mails can visit the Internet Crime Complaint Center (wwwic3gov) -- before or after they hit "delete"

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Minnesota State Fair Military Appreciation Day to recognize women veterans

Posted: 2018-08-27  12:34 PM
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August 27, 2018

ST. PAUL, Minn.- The Minnesota State Fair's eighth annual Military Appreciation Day will take place Tuesday, August 28, and provide an educational opportunity for all fairgoers to learn about Minnesota's military community. This year's theme is honoring Minnesota's women veterans.

"The Minnesota State Fair is a great opportunity to bring our community together to show appreciation for the service and sacrifice of our state's veterans," said Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen, The Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard. "This year, I am proud to stand with women veterans as we highlight their stories and contributions to our armed forces."



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Posted: 2018-07-03  01:36 PM
NOREX 45 Over the course of 10 days, 100 Soldiers and Airmen from the Minnesota National Guard who traveled to Norway June 17-26, 2018, for the 45th Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange learned valuable survival skills and shared their knowledge with members of the Norwegian Home Guard. This year's exchange was the second to take place during the summer months in the history of the longest-running military partnership between two nations.

"It was a great experience for both the Minnesota National Guard and the Norwegian Home Guard," said Capt. 'Kiwi' HorgA�ien, the senior Norwegian instructor. "A cultural exchange, a social exchange and military exchange all packed into one."

The 45th exchange got off to a late start, with flight delays causing the trip to be shortened from its normal length of two weeks. The delay meant that the Minnesota Guardsmen jumped right into training, heading out to the field after just a few hours of sleep.



133rd Airlift Wing Emphasizes Combat Readiness Training

Posted: 2018-06-29  10:48 AM
Alpena ALPENA, Michigan - Approximately 300 U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 133rd Airlift Wing participated in a readiness exercise at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Alpena, Mich.

The exercise, tagged as Iron Ore, was designed test the Airmen abilities to set up operations at an unfamiliar location and receive in depth training on Ability-To-Survive and Operate (ATSO) principles while supporting airlift and aeromedical flight operations.

To ensure mission success and readiness, Airmen had to complete training at home station prior to leaving for Alpena. Some of this training included weapons qualification, gas mask fit testing, Mission Oriented Protective Posture (MOPP) familiarization, self-aid and buddy care and career field training.



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."



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