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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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Litchfield and Local Veteran Honor Gen. John Vessey at Armory Open House

Posted: 2017-03-10  08:50 AM
Vessey Bust LITCHFIELD, Minn. -Bruce Cottington, a Navy veteran of WWII and Korea, donated a bronze bust of Gen. John W. Vessey, Jr. to the Litchfield National Guard unit during the armory's public open house event March 4. Cottington, a Litchfield resident, commands the Minnesota Chapter of the Veterans of Underage Military Service. VUMS members enlisted in the military prior to the minimum age requirement in order to serve their country during WWII. Cottington received the bust from Vessey, a fellow VUMS member. Both enlisted in the military at the age of 16.

The highlight of the 334th Brigade Engineer Battalion open house was the unveiling of the sculpture. The unit was very supportive when Cottington proposed donating the sculpture. The Litchfield community has always been very supportive of the National Guard over the years, so the open house was a chance to say 'thanks' to their neighbors. "This was a great opportunity to honor Bruce and to honor Gen. Vessey," said B Co., 334th Brigade Engineer Battalion Commander, Capt. Seth Goreham. Bravo Company also has a tight relationship with the local American Legion and VFW. Many Litchfield citizens are former members of Bravo Company, or the unit's predecessors A Co, 682nd Engineer Battalion, and the 849th Mobility Augmentation Company.



Camp Ripley welcomes new command sergeant major

Posted: 2017-03-08  03:29 PM
CSM Erickson CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - The garrison command team of Camp Ripley, family, friends and colleagues from the Minnesota National Guard attended a Change of Responsibility ceremony between Command Sgt. Maj. Mike Worden and Command Sgt. Maj. Matt Erickson, March 5, 2017, at Camp Ripley.

The ceremony was an official "passing of the sword" from one senior noncommissioned officer to the next and assumption of the duties and responsibilities that go along with the position of Garrison Command Sergeant Major.

As with many military ceremonies those in attendance welcomed Erickson as a new member of the team and bid farewell, recognized and thanked Worden for his service.



Norwegian youth recognized for response to vehicle accident

Posted: 2017-02-22  09:59 AM
NOREX youth CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - Norwegian youths Stian Dahl and Haavard Engen received the Camp Ripley Garrison Commander's coin from Col. Scott St Sauver February 19, 2017, in recognition for reacting to a vehicle accident they witnessed earlier that week.

As part of the U.S.-Norway Reciprocal Troop Exchange, Norwegian youths ages 19-20 are matched up with a host family in order to spend an evening experiencing American culture. In most situations the "Buddy Weekend" as it's called allows the youths to go shopping, attend events and have home-cook meals along with their host family.

"We are able to match up youth members with families all over the state," said Staff Sgt. Tim Krouth, Buddy Weekend organizer. "Lots of the families have hosted one or two of our Norwegian friends for several years in a row now, it a great way to relax and see some of Minnesota."



To the top of the mountain and back, NOREX 44 members embrace the Norwegian winter

Posted: 2017-02-21  01:25 PM
NOREX FTX HALTDALEN, Norway - After two days at a base camp near Haltdalen, Norway, Minnesota National Guardsmen participating in the 44th Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange were ready for the most challenging aspect of their four-day field training exercise - a ski march up the mountain.

It was Day three of the FTX, meaning members of the 44th Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange had slowly adjusted to surviving and thriving while living in a winter environment and also honed their skills on cross country skills well enough to begin a climb that would take nearly three hours.

"Our goal was to get you to know how to use the winter, see how the Norwegians use the winter, and how we survive the winter so we can conduct combat," said Vidar Aune, one of several members of Home Guard 12 guiding the Minnesota National Guard Soldiers and Airmen during their training here. "By getting the experience living outside in the snow, you manage to survive it and handle it quite well."



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