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Dayton Tours Flood Prone Cities (video)

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Forecasters are predicting a messy spring thaw

Several areas could see flooding, including the Mississippi River in Winona

That was the site of Governor Mark Dayton's eighth stop during a tour of the state's most vulnerable flooding areas

Gov Dayton made it clear at Tuesday's Flood Preparedness Meeting, he means business

"I want to give you my governor's residence home phone number to contact, and I give this out in all seriousness," Gov Dayton said

He's handing out his phone number so officials can reach him during flood emergencies

"The potential is there that we could have a very serious flood," said National Weather Service's Michael Welvaert
In Winona, alone, the Mississippi could rise several feet in the next couple weeks

"We take it very serious because that's approaching the record height," said Winona Public Works' Keith Nelson
The main problem is melting snow and rain, which is causing rivers like the Mississippi to rise and concerns to grow

"All of the water that's coming from the Minnesota River, the upper Mississippi, the Chippewa, St Croix, all of that eventually drains through the Mississippi River that comes through Winona," Welvaert said

That means Winona officials are checking pumps and will begin monitoring the levee system, one that's expected to keep the city safe

"We'll keep a very close eye and there will be a lot of sleepless night for a lot of guys," Nelson said
That's the focus across the state, agencies keeping an eye on rising waters

Even national guard Soldiers are on standby

"Still 12,000 that are able to respond, Airman and Soldiers, across the state," said Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General Richard Nash

So Gov Dayton promises if officials do need to call

"We will make sure that we respond as rapidly as possible," Gov Dayton said

Emergency officials expect the Mississippi River in Winona to reach flood stage by March 27

Posted at: 03/15/2011 11:04 PM
By: Jill Kasparie

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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."

Minnesota-based aviation unit takes part in Warfighter Exercise

Posted: 2018-06-08  11:59 AM
34ECAB WFX CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. - More than 150 Soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade are here participating in a multi-echelon training event, Warfighter Exercise 18-5, May 30 to June 15.

The exercise, which is part live and part virtual, is testing the St. Paul, Minnesota-based aviation unit's ability to conduct operations and mission command in a high-intensity, complex operating environment. Soldiers are being challenged to take decisive action as they focus on air-ground operations -- or synchronizing and integrating aviation operations into the scheme of maneuver planned and conducted by forces on the ground.

In this case, the units on the ground are being commanded by the Rosemount, Minnesota-based 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, which is also participating in the exercise.

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