| 34th I.D. plans for Austere Challenge 11 in Germany
"In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable," said General Dwight D Eisenhower, Supreme Commander of Allied Forces during World War II
The planning process for Austere Challenge 11 (AC11) is important to the execution of the plan during the exercise AC11, which will take place in April, is an annual military exercise that allows US Commanders the opportunity to conduct full spectrum operations as a Joint Task Force Headquarters
Soldiers from the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division performed the important Crisis Action Planning (CAP) phase of AC11 at Grafenwoehr, Germany Jan 24 to Feb 4, 2011
"With its history and tremendous reputation, the 34th ID will add rigor and realism to the exercise," said Steve Alvarado, US Army Europe's G3 Training and Exercise Division planner "The 34th ID's participation highlights the best coalition put together in many years"
The Red Bulls teamed with service members from the US Marine Corp, US Air Force, US Army Europe and Coalition Forces from Germany, France and Poland during the planning phase The goal of the CAP is for the Coalition Forces to develop a feasible course of action, identify resources needed to ready forces, schedule transportation, and prepare supplies for movement and employment of coalition forces
Lt Col Robert Intress is the Chief of Plans for the 34th ID His primary responsibility during CAP was to insure the division had an executable plan and operations order that will be transitioned into the Current Ops Cell of the division for execution of the exercise in April
"We faced multiple challenges at every echelon," said Intress "We were able to synchronize all of the divisional enabling elements to come up with a plan that the division can take forward"
Service members from Germany, France, Poland and Great Britain will play a key role in the exercise The coalition partners were also a key part of the planning process
"They are a large part of our operations plan," said Intress "Having them involved in the CAP added a depth of understanding of what they bring to the table with their formations"
Brig Gen David Elicerio, 34th ID Commander, and his staff will continue to prepare for the exercise during the February and March drills, before heading to Germany in April for AC11
By Master Sgt Richard Kemp
Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs
1 Feb 2011
Camp Ripley earns top environmental award
Posted: 2017-04-26 02:09 PM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - The Department of Defense announced that Camp Ripley was selected as the winner of the Secretary of Defense Environmental Award for Natural Resources Conservation, Large Installation.
The awards recognize individuals, teams and installations for their exceptional environmental achievements and innovative, cost-effective environmental practices.
"The winners' efforts strengthen the Department of Defense's position as a resourceful environmental steward, both at home and abroad, and demonstrate our continued commitment to fulfilling mission needs through advanced environmental practices and technologies," stated James A. MacStravic, performing the duties of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics.
Minnesota Guardsman finds work with victims in the military and the local community rewarding
Posted: 2017-04-26 10:57 AM
COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. - Staff Sgt. Nicquie Neely has been working with victims of sexual assault for four years in the Minnesota National Guard and also volunteers as a victim advocate in the community. As a victim advocate, it's her job to believe and support victims through a difficult process that can often involve extensive medical care and legal proceedings.
"Ever since I joined the Guard and heard about the SHARP program and learned what a victim advocate was, I always wanted to be one," said Neely. "And then I learned that you had to be an E-6 to be in that position, so the minute I got promoted I asked my commander if I could go to the training."
Neely is a combat medic and the full-time training and administration NCO with Company C, 134th Brigade Support Battalion. In addition to military victim advocate training, Neely also attends regular training with the civilian organization she volunteers for - SOS Sexual Violence Services in Ramsey County.
Minnesota National Guard Remembers the Holocaust with Jewish Community Relations Council
Posted: 2017-04-24 10:43 AM
Washington - Members of the Minnesota National Guard and the Air Force Reserve traveled to Washington D.C. with the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (also known as the JCRC), to visit the Holocaust Museum, April 4, 2017, to honor the victims of the Holocaust. Also, traveling with this group were St. Paul and Minneapolis police officers along with students from various high schools around the state. For those in uniform that day, it was an opportunity to see, hear and experience the stories of victims and survivors of the Holocaust.
Each Service member who attended was asked to bring back a summary of their experience in the form of a presentation, professional discussion or briefing to their respective unit in order to help other Guard members better understand and remember that horrible event, to honor the courage of the victims and survivors, and to remain vigilant as members of the U.S. military.
"The honor and privilege of accompanying members of the Minnesota National Guard to the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. met so many goals," said Steve Hunegs, the executive director of the JCRC. "I wanted to reinforce the importance of the commitment of the U.S. military to democracy. After all, it was the Allies that defeated Nazi Germany and ultimately put an end to the Holocaust."
Learning to instruct professionalism and discipline
Posted: 2017-04-19 02:15 PM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - It was a challenging and rewarding two weeks for members attending the Army National Guard Funeral Honors Instructor Course, April 1-14, at Camp Ripley.
Soldiers of National Guard units from all over the United States took part in the course designed to educate team leaders in a variety of funeral honor detail tasks, traditions and responsibilities.
"It's a stressful course, but for our job, we have to be prepared to do our job under stress; and we all really benefitted from that," said Class Honor Grad, Sgt. Ryan Valline of the 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry.