| 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
Litchfield and Local Veteran Honor Gen. John Vessey at Armory Open House
Posted: 2017-03-10 08:50 AM
LITCHFIELD, Minn. -Bruce Cottington, a Navy veteran of WWII and Korea, donated a bronze bust of Gen. John W. Vessey, Jr. to the Litchfield National Guard unit during the armory's public open house event March 4. Cottington, a Litchfield resident, commands the Minnesota Chapter of the Veterans of Underage Military Service. VUMS members enlisted in the military prior to the minimum age requirement in order to serve their country during WWII. Cottington received the bust from Vessey, a fellow VUMS member. Both enlisted in the military at the age of 16.
The highlight of the 334th Brigade Engineer Battalion open house was the unveiling of the sculpture. The unit was very supportive when Cottington proposed donating the sculpture. The Litchfield community has always been very supportive of the National Guard over the years, so the open house was a chance to say 'thanks' to their neighbors. "This was a great opportunity to honor Bruce and to honor Gen. Vessey," said B Co., 334th Brigade Engineer Battalion Commander, Capt. Seth Goreham. Bravo Company also has a tight relationship with the local American Legion and VFW. Many Litchfield citizens are former members of Bravo Company, or the unit's predecessors A Co, 682nd Engineer Battalion, and the 849th Mobility Augmentation Company.
Camp Ripley welcomes new command sergeant major
Posted: 2017-03-08 03:29 PM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - The garrison command team of Camp Ripley, family, friends and colleagues from the Minnesota National Guard attended a Change of Responsibility ceremony between Command Sgt. Maj. Mike Worden and Command Sgt. Maj. Matt Erickson, March 5, 2017, at Camp Ripley.
The ceremony was an official "passing of the sword" from one senior noncommissioned officer to the next and assumption of the duties and responsibilities that go along with the position of Garrison Command Sergeant Major.
As with many military ceremonies those in attendance welcomed Erickson as a new member of the team and bid farewell, recognized and thanked Worden for his service.
Norwegian youth recognized for response to vehicle accident
Posted: 2017-02-22 09:59 AM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - Norwegian youths Stian Dahl and Haavard Engen received the Camp Ripley Garrison Commander's coin from Col. Scott St Sauver February 19, 2017, in recognition for reacting to a vehicle accident they witnessed earlier that week.
As part of the U.S.-Norway Reciprocal Troop Exchange, Norwegian youths ages 19-20 are matched up with a host family in order to spend an evening experiencing American culture. In most situations the "Buddy Weekend" as it's called allows the youths to go shopping, attend events and have home-cook meals along with their host family.
"We are able to match up youth members with families all over the state," said Staff Sgt. Tim Krouth, Buddy Weekend organizer. "Lots of the families have hosted one or two of our Norwegian friends for several years in a row now, it a great way to relax and see some of Minnesota."
To the top of the mountain and back, NOREX 44 members embrace the Norwegian winter
Posted: 2017-02-21 01:25 PM
HALTDALEN, Norway - After two days at a base camp near Haltdalen, Norway, Minnesota National Guardsmen participating in the 44th Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange were ready for the most challenging aspect of their four-day field training exercise - a ski march up the mountain.
It was Day three of the FTX, meaning members of the 44th Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange had slowly adjusted to surviving and thriving while living in a winter environment and also honed their skills on cross country skills well enough to begin a climb that would take nearly three hours.
"Our goal was to get you to know how to use the winter, see how the Norwegians use the winter, and how we survive the winter so we can conduct combat," said Vidar Aune, one of several members of Home Guard 12 guiding the Minnesota National Guard Soldiers and Airmen during their training here. "By getting the experience living outside in the snow, you manage to survive it and handle it quite well."