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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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Mission Complete: Bearcats Finish NATO Exercise in Lithuania's Suwalki Gap

Posted: 2017-06-23  02:56 PM
Air Assault Saber Strike PABRADE, Lithuania - At the sound of 17 U.S. Army rotary wing aircraft humming through the air, Soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard's 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry, in addition to Service members of five NATO Allied countries, load onto Black Hawk, Chinook and Apache helicopters, at Kazlu Ruda airstrip during the Saber Strike exercise, June 17, 2017. The multinational effort came together to conduct an air and ground assault in the Suwalki Gap to demonstrate the nations' capability to respond to any hostile act of a potential adversary.

"You could tell on everyone's faces that this was go time," said Sgt. Derrick Bruestle, a team leader for 2-136th CAB, also known as the Bearcats. "It wasn't just a training exercise to them anymore, it was a serious mission with real implications on the real world."

The magnitude of the exercise set in as the first bird lifted off the airstrip and started moving toward the objective in a staggered formation. Saber Strike is a U.S. Army Europe-led NATO exercise meant to exhibit a strengthened partnership of the military assets of the NATO Alliance.



Beyond NATO Commitments, MN State Partnership with Croatia Continues to Grow

Posted: 2017-06-22  10:25 AM
Saber Strike SPP PABRADE, Lithuania - Since 1996, the Minnesota National Guard and the Croatian Armed Forces have been partners in the National Guard's State Partnership Program. Beyond the bond of the NATO commitment, a mutual trust and unique bond has been forged amongst the warriors of each respective nation. From Camp Ripley to Karlovac, the soldiers have found a common cause of continuous improvement. Exercise after exercise, there has been a greater appreciation of one another's culture and customs.

You don't have to look to far to see this dynamic. When asked if he had ever worked with Minnesota National Guardsmen before, 1Lt Emanuel Hamer of the Croatian Armed Forces said, "This is my fourth time working with 2-136 "Bearcats," each time we grow closer and stronger. I feel like they are members of my unit. I'm glad I have this opportunity to learn new techniques and share some of our own with the Americans."



7 Nations, 4 Branches, 1 Mission; Saber Strike '17

Posted: 2017-06-20  02:14 PM
Saber Strike 17 PABRADE, Lithuania - As the sun begins to set on the Lithuanian countryside, the final touches are put on the camouflage netting designed to break the silhouette and conceal the position of the Tactical Action Center, or TAC, of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division on June 17, 2017. As part of the multinational exercise of Saber Strike '17, the 1/34th ABCT is providing support to the Air Assault Task Force Commander, Col. Charles Kemper.

As the first ever combined air and ground assault in the annual Saber Strike exercise, this year's exercise has set a milestone in testing the compatibility of seven nations and all military branches.

"We want to reassure all of our NATO Allies that we are in this together," said Kemper. "We're part of the team and we can demonstrate capability."



Minnesota Aviators complete successful eXportable Combat Training Capability exercise

Posted: 2017-06-20  08:30 AM
XCTC FORT HOOD, Texas - Soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard's 2-147th Assault Helicopter Battalion wrapped up support for an eXportable Combat Training Capability (XCTC) exercise at Fort Hood, Texas, recently. The unit was part of Task Force Ragnar, the exercise's aviation element, supporting the Tennessee National Guard's 278th Armored Calvary Regiment as they prepare for a rotation to the National Training Center in 2018.

"Our mission is to support a brigade element here," said Chief Warrant Officer 4 John Otremba, with the 2-147. "But I think our ultimate mission is to train for an austere environment which sets us up for success at NTC next year."

The task force conducted aviation support missions including air assault, sling load, deliberate attack, defensive positioning and key leader escorts. They also conducted aviation-specific training in personnel recovery, downed aircraft recovery, field maintenance and air traffic control operations.



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