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Troops showing signs of strain after nearly 10 years of war

The nation has about 12,000 special operations forces deployed around the world, including in Iraq and Afghanistan. But after nearly 10 years at war, commanders this week said they're worried about the toll repeated deployments are taking on troops and their families.

Minnesota's Army National Guard 34th Infantry Division, known as the Red Bulls, are preparing for another deployment. Maj. Gen. Richard Nash announced recently that about 2,400 soldiers are expected to start training in May and head to Kuwait, where they will provide security as US troops pull out.

This will be yet another deployment for many of these soldiers, who've already served in Iraq or Afghanistan over the last several years.

From the AP's Lolita C. Baldor's story on concerns about the effects of repeated deployment on special operations forces:
Adm. Eric T. Olson ... said the demand for the specialized units in Afghanistan is insatiable, forcing troops to deploy to war at a rate that is off the charts. And he said he does not see that demand declining in the next several years. Officials say they are taking measures to ease the strain on service members and families and devoting more resources to programs for wounded and ill service members.

Scientists at the Minneapolis VA have been studying National Guard soldiers to try and pinpoint why some people are more resilient to combat stress than others, and to research the connection between PTSD, TBI, concussion and other things.

They expect to release more findings this spring.

Posted at 12:10 PM on February 9, 2011 by Jessica Mador
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Deployment Ceremony Gives Soldiers A Proper Send-Off

Posted: 2015-01-27  10:04 AM
1-171 deployment ST. CLOUD, Minn.- A deployment ceremony was held Saturday afternoon for Minnesota Army National Guard soldiers in the St. Cloud-based Detachment 1, Charlie Company, 1-171 Aviation Regiment.

The ceremony featured guest speakers, the Order to Mobilization, and a benediction from the brigade chaplain.

Captain Amanda Waldusky is a commanding officer for the company. She says they will head down to Texas before the actual deployment.

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Minnesota Guard will not be going to Liberia, after all

Posted: 2015-01-26  10:07 AM
Minnesota National Guard ST. PAUL, Minn.- As the number of West Africans who have become infected with Ebola drops dramatically, members of the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Red Bull Infantry Division are learning that they will not be going to Liberia to support the U.S. military's mission there.

Col. Kevin Olson, Guard spokesman, said Saturday night that the division -- which was going to Liberia in support of Operation United Assistance -- is no longer required.

"The Rosemount-based 34th Red Bull Infantry Division was one of the units identified to deploy, and has informed the nearly 300 soldiers preparing for this mission that they will not be required to support the effort to contain the Ebola virus disease in West Africa," Olson said in a statement.



MN National Guard Aviation deployment ceremony

Posted: 2015-01-23  02:59 PM
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Jan. 22, 2015

ST. CLOUD, Minn.- Minnesota Army National Guard Soldiers from the St. Cloud-based Detachment 1, Charlie Company, 1-171 Aviation Regiment (Air Ambulance) are scheduled to attend a departure ceremony Saturday in Saint Cloud, Minn., in preparation for a one-year deployment to Camp Buehring, Kuwait this month in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.



Austin Armory completes $3.7 million upgrade

Posted: 2015-01-23  10:33 AM
Minnesota National Guard AUSTIN, Minn.- Following the completion of a year-long, $3.7 million renovation, the Austin Armory was officially declared open for business following a ribbon cutting ceremony outside the armory's new entrance, Jan. 20, 2015.

"This renovation provides a more efficient use of space and maximizes the training capability for the unit, making this armory an asset for years to come," said Sgt. 1st Class David Gansen, readiness non-commission officer for 224th Transportation Company, 347th Regional Support Group. "We updated just about everything, from our motorpool to the way the lights turn on."

The Austin Armory, a base of operations for the transportation company conducting light- and medium-haul missions to deliver supplies, food and even vehicles to units downrange, underwent functional, mechanical and electrical improvements, said Maj. Eduardo Saurez, operations officer for the 347th RSG. Renovations to the building, which was originally constructed in 1964, include a modernized kitchen, female locker and shower facilities, window treatments and occupancy sensing lighting, to name a few.



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