/*********************************************** * Chrome CSS Drop Down Menu- (c) Dynamic Drive DHTML code library (www.dynamicdrive.com) * This notice MUST stay intact for legal use * Visit Dynamic Drive at http://www.dynamicdrive.com/ for full source code ***********************************************/
History
Minnesota National Guard
Dayton declares flood emergency

Minnesota National Guard to send 200 Soldiers to join Moorhead flood fight today

By: Don Davis, INFORUM
Published April 07, 2011, 12:00 AM

ST PAUL – The Minnesota National Guard will send 200 soldiers to join the Moorhead-area flood fight today

Col Dirk Kloss of the Guard said the soldiers will help patrol dikes and provide “a quick reaction force” to conduct dike repairs

Activating the soldiers came shortly after Gov Mark Dayton signed an executive order Wednesday declaring flood emergencies in 46 counties and two American Indian communities Dayton’s action allows the state to provide local governments with a variety of help, including guardsmen

Areas around the Crow, Minnesota and Mississippi rivers face a second flood crest in coming days, and many places in northwestern Minnesota are bracing for initial crests of the Red River and other streams in the area this weekend or next week

The state Emergency Operations Center that coordinates state and local flood response is already open, but Dayton’s action allows the state to provide more help

Deputy Director Wade Setter of Minnesota Homeland Security and Emergency Management said Dayton’s order also allows local, state and federal damage-assessment teams to begin working in southwestern Minnesota next week

The teams will work their way north as floodwaters recede

Kloss said the first troops to be deployed to help with flooding will be in Moorhead and nearby Oakport and Georgetown townships

John Margraf of National Weather Service said the Red River crest in Moorhead and elsewhere along the Red River will be near record levels for a couple of weeks

Along the Minnesota River, Margraf said, crests in coming days likely will be lower than last week’s first crests Mississippi and St Croix River waters will be slightly higher than last week, he added

The Stillwater Lift Bridge is expected to close Friday morning

“The weather is fairly quiet this week, fortunately,” Margraf said, and predicted weekend rains would need to be very heavy before they significantly increase flooding

“We are cautiously optimistic,” Setter said, adding that so far no significant flood damage has been reported

Despite relatively good news, Setter warned that “this is a very dangerous situation” That is true especially in places like Moorhead, he said, where “there is a lot of water moving through very fast”

With the Dayton executive order, Minnesota Adjutant General Richard Nash, head of the state National Guard, now has authority to activate personnel, with needed equipment, to fight floods or provide relief

Nash also may buy or lease goods needed to provide the aid

Also available are employees and equipment from many state agencies, including the Department of Transportation

On Friday, key legislators plan to visit the Moorhead area to see the flooding themselves

Sens Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, and David Senjem, R-Rochester, will lead a bipartisan delegation of Senate and House legislators Ingebrigtsen and Senjem lead key committees to provide flood funds

Lawmakers will tour the North Ottawa area and the Breckenridge flood-control project before hosting a Moorhead flood impact and update hearing with more than a dozen local officials

Davis works for Forum Communications Co He can be reached at (651) 290-0707 or ddavis@forumcommcom

Article source
http://www.inforum.com/event/article/id/315111/

See more on Minnesota National Guard flood response




Articles archive

In The News archive

Media Advisory archive

Latest News

Minnesota Guardsmen learn survival skills, train with Norwegian counterparts

Posted: 2018-07-03  01:36 PM
NOREX 45 Over the course of 10 days, 100 Soldiers and Airmen from the Minnesota National Guard who traveled to Norway June 17-26, 2018, for the 45th Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange learned valuable survival skills and shared their knowledge with members of the Norwegian Home Guard. This year's exchange was the second to take place during the summer months in the history of the longest-running military partnership between two nations.

"It was a great experience for both the Minnesota National Guard and the Norwegian Home Guard," said Capt. 'Kiwi' HorgA�ien, the senior Norwegian instructor. "A cultural exchange, a social exchange and military exchange all packed into one."

The 45th exchange got off to a late start, with flight delays causing the trip to be shortened from its normal length of two weeks. The delay meant that the Minnesota Guardsmen jumped right into training, heading out to the field after just a few hours of sleep.



133rd Airlift Wing Emphasizes Combat Readiness Training

Posted: 2018-06-29  10:48 AM
Alpena ALPENA, Michigan - Approximately 300 U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 133rd Airlift Wing participated in a readiness exercise at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Alpena, Mich.

The exercise, tagged as Iron Ore, was designed test the Airmen abilities to set up operations at an unfamiliar location and receive in depth training on Ability-To-Survive and Operate (ATSO) principles while supporting airlift and aeromedical flight operations.

To ensure mission success and readiness, Airmen had to complete training at home station prior to leaving for Alpena. Some of this training included weapons qualification, gas mask fit testing, Mission Oriented Protective Posture (MOPP) familiarization, self-aid and buddy care and career field training.



Red Bulls Kickoff Division Warfighter

Posted: 2018-06-13  01:38 PM
DIV WFX CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. - "A Warfighter is an exercise that allows the Division to evaluate their ability to maneuver assets in a battle," said Master Sgt. Greg Weaver, the Operations Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge for the Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion. "It is designed to focus on particular areas and specific objectives to be evaluated or tested."

The Division has geared its' planning and training efforts in preparation for Warfighter since July 2017. Coordinating transportation for Soldiers and equipment was often on the mind of Maj. David Johansson, the logistics officer for the 34th ID. With the coordination of Johansson and his team, troops and equipment all converged on Camp Atterbury, enlisting the help of 89 railcars, 280 tractor-trailers, and nearly 50 buses for the movement.

"I like to say my job is to 'quiet the noise'". Johansson continued, "The noise being a real life logistical problem that could impede the exercise."



Minnesota-based aviation unit takes part in Warfighter Exercise

Posted: 2018-06-08  11:59 AM
34ECAB WFX CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. - More than 150 Soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade are here participating in a multi-echelon training event, Warfighter Exercise 18-5, May 30 to June 15.

The exercise, which is part live and part virtual, is testing the St. Paul, Minnesota-based aviation unit's ability to conduct operations and mission command in a high-intensity, complex operating environment. Soldiers are being challenged to take decisive action as they focus on air-ground operations -- or synchronizing and integrating aviation operations into the scheme of maneuver planned and conducted by forces on the ground.

In this case, the units on the ground are being commanded by the Rosemount, Minnesota-based 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, which is also participating in the exercise.



Article archive
 
top