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Dayton salutes Guard unit off to Iraq

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Richard Tsong-Taatarii, Star Tribune
At his State Capitol reception room Wednesday, Gov Mark Dayton thanked Erica Ferrian and her husband, Specialist Daniel Ferrian, for his service Ferrian will miss his 15-month old daughter Eva's second birthday when he is deployed for Iraq with the National Guard



An Army unit that measures Army units is being deployed to Iraq

Four members of the Minnesota National Guard's 107th Test Measurement and Diagnostic Equipment Detachment were sent to Fort Hood, Texas, this week to begin a yearlong deployment to Iraq In one of the most obscure jobs in the military, they test, measure and calibrate the Army's stuff, from torque wrenches, to radios, to gauges on airplanes

"Pretty much anything the Army uses to test equipment, we test that test equipment to make sure it's working properly," said Sgt Todd Allshouse, a Browersville, Minn, resident who is one of the four going to Iraq "If they can't trust their equipment, things come down Planes come down"

The soldiers, who will be attached to a Guard unit from another state, don't know where they will be stationed, but it's likely they'll play a role in ensuring military equipment is ready to be recovered as the United States begins to draw down troops and supplies from Iraq

In a small reception Wednesday at the State Capitol, Gov Mark Dayton wished the soldiers well, assuring them and tearful family members that they are heroes and that things in Iraq have calmed Later this year, 2,400 members of the Guard's 1st Brigade Combat Team will be going to Kuwait to provide base and convoy security to further support the US drawdown

A former US senator and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Dayton said he was aware of the solemnity of sending people off to a war zone In December before taking office, Dayton accompanied his predecessor, Tim Pawlenty, to a funeral service for the most recent Minnesotan killed in combat As a senator, he often held picnics for family members of deployed soldiers

"It's a very somber moment to see the families, the tears, the sadness," he said "I asked them to invite me back when their loved ones return It's an incredible commitment for those that serve I have great respect for them"

Mark Brunswick • 612-673-4434
By MARK BRUNSWICK, Star Tribune
Last update: February 11, 2011 - 7:32 PM


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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."



Minnesota Guardsmen learn survival skills, train with Norwegian counterparts

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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