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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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Guard Heritage Suffers with Loss of Artillery Unit

Posted: 2017-10-04  11:22 AM
ETAB ANOKA, Minn. - The Minnesota National Guard lost one of its most historically significant units when the 151st Artillery's E Battery, (Target Acquisition) cased its colors in a ceremony at the Anoka High School Aug. 19, 2017.

The Target Acquisition Battery (ETAB), 151st Field Artillery is one of the oldest and most decorated units in the Minnesota National Guard and the 34th Infantry Division. "Both Minnesota and the Division lose the proud lineage that goes back to Civil War days, through WW1 and WW2, and had a significant amount of battle streamers," said 151st Field Artillery Battalion Commander, Lt. Col. Patrick Cornwell.

The 151st Field Artillery draws its lineage from the 1st Regiment, Minnesota Heavy Artillery of 1864 which fought two major campaigns in Tennessee during the Civil War.



In one month: Minnesota Guardsmen support Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria

Posted: 2017-09-29  02:25 PM
Minnesota National Guard ST. PAUL, Minn. - In the span of a few weeks, three major hurricanes hit different parts of the southern United States, causing widespread damage and destruction and requiring the response of agencies around the country. The Minnesota National Guard is one of the many organizations that have responded, sending Soldiers and Airmen to Texas, Florida, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

"This is the most gratifying deployment of my career," said Capt. Jeremy Maxey with the 133rd Airlift Wing who was called back from his vacation early to go to the Virgin Islands. "It means a lot to be able to actually directly help people. It's why I serve. Throughout my career I've deployed numerous times, but this is the one where you actually see the people you serve."

The start of the month brought the first request for assistance. On Sept. 1, two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and 11 personnel from the St. Cloud-based B Company, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 211th Aviation Regiment left for Texas following Hurricane Harvey to transport personnel and equipment in support of response efforts.



Finding fellowship in the sacred mission

Posted: 2017-09-26  12:02 PM
Minnesota National Guard CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - One of the most difficult, most sacred, honorable duties in the military is one that people don't often think about. It takes compassion, empathy, care, and requires great resilience. It is one that when called upon to train for, they hope to rarely perform because it means another Soldier has been lost. It is the duty of casualty notification officer and casualty assistance officer.

About 45 Minnesota Army National Guard Soldiers came to Camp Ripley, Minnesota, on September 21-22, 2017, for a Reset Seminar to find fellowship in one specific thing they have in common: delivering the worst news in the Army.

When a Soldier dies at home or overseas, CNOs and CAOs must notify and help families through the process, including paperwork, benefits, and funeral arrangements.



Minnesota Guardsmen participate in Aurora 17 exercise in Sweden

Posted: 2017-09-25  09:06 AM
Aurora 17 SKOVDE, Sweden - Minnesota National Guard Soldiers from the 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 194th Armor traveled overseas in mid-Sept. 2017 to take part in a cooperative, national defense training exercise with allied countries.

"The education and experience these Soldiers will receive is invaluable," said Command Sgt. Maj. Shane Hybben, 1-194th command sergeant major. "Our Soldiers will have operated in joint forces operations with fire and maneuver, which will allow for best practices to be shared and used in the future. They will have a better understanding of other military forces and how they operate not only strengthening our force but everyone involved."

The Brainerd-based battalion spearheaded the mission to Sweden as the most recent element of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division to have taken part in joint international training missions throughout Europe since early 2017.



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