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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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347th RSG units test unique capabilities during Combined Support Training Exercise

Posted: 2017-08-16  03:35 PM
347 RSG FORT MCCOY, Wisconsin - The 347th Regional Support Group commander and command sergeant major traveled to Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, Aug. 15, 2017, to recognize several Soldiers training there.

The 204th Area Medical Support Company, 147th Financial Management Support Detachment and 247th FMSD are all conducting their annual training periods in neighboring Wisconsin, with their own mission-specific exercises that fall under the Combat Support Training Exercise taking place throughout the brigade.

The leadership duo of Col. Lowell Kruse and Command Sgt. Maj. Marcus Erickson began their day with a stop at the 147th FMSD's training area, where they watched Soldiers participate in the Diamond Saber exercise. Throughout the event, the 147th FMSD - a 25-Soldier operation preparing for deployment - is exercising its dispersing, military pay and contracting functions in an interactive environment with actual customers to serve and transactions to process.



500 Minnesota soldiers notified for 2018 deployment

Posted: 2017-08-14  03:54 PM
Minnesota National Guard FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 13, 2017

ROSEMOUNT, Minn.- More than 500 Soldiers from the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division headquarters have been notified of a possible deployment to Southwest Asia beginning in the fall of 2018.

"The Red Bulls maintain a high level of readiness, and over the next 12 months, our soldiers will train for this mission while also preparing their families and civilian employers here at home," said Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen, 34th Infantry Division commanding general. "The official notification is an important step in the process of building readiness for an overseas deployment."

The planned deployment is expected to last up to one year. The notified units are based in Rosemount, Inver Grove Heights, and Faribault; however, the soldiers hail from 10 different states and the District of Columbia.



347th RSG trains to master tactical, uninterrupted sustainment support

Posted: 2017-08-10  08:14 AM
347 RSG CSTX CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - After three busy days establishing a field command post and integrating units from across the country, the 347th Regional Support Group is underway with a three-week Combat Support Training Exercise during annual training at Camp Ripley.

It began with a Command Post Exercise on Aug. 8, 2017, but it couldn't begin until the tenants of "Tactical Assembly Area Victory" established meal service, sleeping arrangements, shower and laundry accommodations and, of course, the tactical command post.

"We do the exercise to make sure our equipment works, and once that is established we as a staff figure out how to sync together," said Sgt. Maj. Marc Dempsey, logistics operations sergeant major for the 347th RSG. "The exercise is for making sure we as a staff are working together as one team, with everyone knowing their role, for when we go into the main event."



Military kids participate in Minnesota National Guard Youth Camp

Posted: 2017-08-07  02:08 PM
Youth Camp CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - Summer camp as a kid and young teen is usually filled with memories of campfires, swimming in the lake and BBQs. Camp Ripley Training Center hosted the Minnesota National Guard Youth Camp (MNGYC) for more than 200 military kids this year. The experience for the military kids who attend the camp relies heavily on donations and nearly 150 volunteers from around the state that come and spend the week with them.

Lindsay Koolmo is a volunteer and the executive director for the MNGYC. She is a military spouse, a volunteer firefighter and a mutations maintenance Tech Sergeant from the 148th Fighter Wing. She has taken upon herself for years to take time off her job and spend hundreds of hours throughout the year and more than two weeks at Camp Ripley to lead the camp.

Her affiliation with the MNGYC started early, in 1992 she was a camper, became a junior counselor, then was a junior counselor and then became an adult counselor.



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