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Minnesota National Guard
Extension of the 1/34th BCT

The 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 34th Infantry Division had its tour extended in Iraq by up to 125 days

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In The News: 5/28/07
Army Wife Comic Turns Pain Into Laughs

In The News: 5/8/07
Area soldiers could be among longest-serving in Iraq war

In The News: 5/7/07
Commander: MN Guard Troops Home Before Aug. 1

In The News: 5/7/07
Guard brass expect no more extension for Minnesota brigade

Desert Bulls: 3/29/07
Brigade extension doesn't stifle Rhode marriage

In The News: 3/12/07
Steaks on the menu for troops in Iraq Facing delayed homecoming, families can 'connect' over meal

In The News: 2/14/07
Army to send two units back to Iraq without year at home

In The News: 2/14/07
Long-distance Valentine's vows

In The News: 2/13/07
National Guard Families Face Hardship

In The News: 2/2/07
Litchfield mat coachA��,��"�s tour of duty in Iraq exended

In The News: 1/30/07
Guard Unit Is Resigned to Prolonged Duty in Iraq

In The News: 1/28/07
Military kids lent willing ears

In The News: 1/27/07
Nick Coleman: Getting stuck in Iraq is no joke for soldiers and their families

NorthStar GUARD Online: 1/25/07
Letter of Support from Governor and First Lady.pdf

In The News: 1/23/07
Brig. Gen. Trost, discuss extension of 1/34th BCT on WCCO

In The News: 1/22/07
Local soldiers face four more months away from home

In The News: 1/19/07
Deployed soldiers mission not changing

Desert Bulls: 1/19/07
Gates, Casey visit 1-34th BCT at Camp Adder

NorthStar GUARD Online podcast: 1/19/07
Lt. Col. William Lieder discusses the BTB's reaction to being extended

In The News: 1/18/07
Angered by news of extended Iraq duty

In The News video: 1/17/07
Minnesota National Guard extended in Iraq

Press Conference video: 1/17/07
Col Elicerio speaks about extension

NorthStar GUARD Online video : 1/17/07
Col. Elicerio speaks on 1/34 Brigade Combat Team extension

NorthStar GUARD Online podcast: 1/17/07
Col. Elicerio speaks on 1/34 Brigade Combat Team extension

In The News: 1/17/07
Letter from Governor and Minnesota Congressional Delegation to Secretary of Defense

In The News: 1/17/07
Letter to the Editor: Part of the Deal


In The News: 1/17/07
Carlson: Why the silence on Iowa troops' extension?


In The News: 1/17/07
Guard extension is official, but it's not yet known if mission will change

In The News: 1/17/07
Emotions slowly give way to a Soldiers's commitment

Media Advisory: 1/16/07
Minnesota National Guard MEDIA ADVISORY

Media Advisory: 1/16/07
1/34 BCT Officially Extended in Iraq

In The News radio: 1/15/07
MG Shellito with Don Shelby on 1BCT extension

NorthStar GUARD Online podcast: 1/13/07
Department of the Army, Minnesota visit

NorthStar GUARD Online podcast: 1/13/07
Department of Defense, Minnesota Visit

In The News: 1/12/07
Guard employers wonder when workers will return

In The News: 1/12/07
Guard families will wait an extra 4 months

In The News: 1/12/07
Military families must reset clock

In The News: 1/12/07
Pentagon extends Minn. Guard units tour

In The News video: 1/12/07
The Adjutant General interviewed on TPTs Almanac

In The News: 1/11/07
1st Brigade Combat Team to stay in Iraq until summer

NorthStar GUARD Online: 1/11/07
Minnesota National Guard's 1st Brigade Combat Team to remain in Iraq until summer

In The News video: 1/11/07
A call for duty extended

In The News video: 1/11/07
Governor Tim Pawlenty is disappointed with PresidentA��,��"�s plan

In The News video: 1/11/07
It's Official, Minnesota Troops will stay in Iraq

In The News: 1/11/07
Minnesota Guard tours extended

In The News: 1/11/07
Surge Extends MN Guard Unit's Iraq Tour Up To 125 Days

In The News video: 1/11/07
Thousands of Minnesota families dealing with hard truth

In The News: 1/11/07
1st Brigade tour extended

In The News video: 1/10/07
Minnesotans in Iraq will be staying longer

In The News video: 1/10/07
Presidential Address coverage by Fox 9 News

In The News video: 1/10/07
Presidential Address coverage by KARE 11 News

NorthStar GUARD Online: 1/10/07
E-mail sent to families from Major General Shellito

In The News video: 1/10/07
Presidential address



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Minnesota National Guard leaders visit traveling tribute in Austin

Posted: 2018-05-22  10:16 AM
Traveling Wall AUSTIN, Minn. - A replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was on display May 16-20, in Austin and leaders of the 347th Regional Support Group took the opportunity to visit during the event's closing ceremony.

The display, dubbed the American Veterans Traveling Tribute, was hosted by Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Austin and featured a near-replica of the memorial in Washington, D.C.

"It was an honor to be part of this humbling and moving tribute to our Vietnam veterans," said Col. Stephen Schemenauer. "The traveling Vietnam Wall is a powerful display, and this event provided an opportunity to meet, and thank, service members from WWII to present-day conflicts. Regardless of their branch of service, or the era or conflict in which they served, we all share a common bond."



Minnesota Aviators lead multi-state National Guard partnership for NTC rotation

Posted: 2018-05-21  03:51 PM
2-147 NTC FORT IRWIN, Calif. - The Minnesota National Guard's 2nd Battalion, 147th Assault Helicopter Battalion is working together with aviation units from four different states to provide support to the Tennessee-based 278th Armored Calvary Regiment during a rotation at National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California.

Making up Task Force Ragnar is Utah-based B Company, 1st Battalion, 211th Assault Reconnaissance Battalion; Nevada-based B Company, 1-189th General Support Aviation Battalion; Michigan-based C Company, 3-238th GSAB; and Minnesota-based A, D, E and Headquarters Companies, 2-147th AHB and F Company, 1-189th GSAB.

"Early coordination with the units across four states combined with exceptional unit leadership and motivated Soldiers helped us to quickly build the task force when we closed on Fort Irwin," said Lt. Col. Kevin O'Brien, Task Force Commander. "I was thoroughly impressed with the professionalism and teamwork of task force Soldiers. This was an outstanding training opportunity that challenged every Soldier to grow as individuals and units daily."



Deployed Minnesota Guardsman honors grandfather, Hmong heritage

Posted: 2018-05-17  09:57 AM
Brandon Xiong CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait - "My heritage is Hmong," said 21 year-old Minnesota National Guard Spec. Brandon Xiong from his desk at Camp Buehring, Kuwait. "A low-key culture that originated from southern Asia. Hmong is not a place, but it is a people."

Xiong, the eldest grandson of the late Col. Song Leng Xiong, is deployed in Kuwait as an information technician for Area Support Group - Kuwait.

"We were not nomadic, but have been in many different conflicts," said Xiong. "Many places I go, I am questioned about my nationality and when answered, end up being even more confused. There is a movie called, "Gran Torino", where Clint Eastwood is introduced to the Hmong culture and I think it portrays the Hmong people not so terribly."



Month of the Military Child recognizes contributions of military kids

Posted: 2018-04-07  01:54 PM
Minnesota National Guard FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 7, 2018

ST. PAUL, Minn.- The month of April is designated as the Month of the Military Child to recognize the contributions and sacrifices military children make so their family members can serve. An estimated 15,000 children in Minnesota have been affected by the deployment of a parent.

"Military children bear a lot while their family members serve," said Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen, Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard. "It is up to us to support these resilient kids and help to lessen their burden."

An event to honor military kids in Minnesota will take place April 13, 2018, at the Mall of America rotunda from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Activities will include appearances by the Teddy Bear Band and meet and greets with Nickelodeon characters.



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