/*********************************************** * 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
Cathedral of St. Paul holds Mass for Troops

The Cathedral of Saint Paul, in St Paul, Minn held an open denomination mass for families of deploying service members and the public  On Saturday evening all troops were given the opportunity to come inside and be blessed by the beautiful décor and hear the sermon within

One of the many families in attendance at the mass were the members of the Hoffman family 

"We loved the service today," Maj Bruce Hoffman who attended with his wife and two young daughters, dressed in darling pink Easter dresses, hugging on his arms 

"It was a wonderful service, it was very special to see that the bishop could come," said Hoffman's wife

Download photos
Twelve members of the Eustice family, all with matching bright red personalized tee-shirts in support of their Soldiers, attended the mass  The family has three members deploying with the 1/34th Brigade Combat Team, a private first class, a sergeant and a command sergeant major  The two brothers and their father will be a part of the 2,400 troops mobilized in support of Operation New Dawn 

"I thought it was nice that they did that," Pfc John Eustice, who is one the brothers of the three deploying service members from the Eustice family deploying soon to Kuwait and Iraq

"I thought it was very well," said a sister of the deploying brothers  "It was so nice to see the support from the church and it was nice to have that when they were going to deploy"

The mass offered words of encouragement and blessings for all denominations in attendance during the sermon, as well as gifts that were offered at the end of mass to the troops in attendance   One token included a dog tag with the "˜shield of strength' on one side and a Red Bull insignia on the other, something many enjoyed receiving 

"It was nice to see the bishop presiding over the mass in this beautiful building," said 1st Lt Jeremy Pedersen, Chaplin of the 2-135th Infantry ""¦ it was very spiritually uplifting"

Soldiers from the 1/34th Brigade Combat Team will leave this summer and be stationed primarily in Kuwait  They will be responsible for providing base management, security, securing ground convoys to and from Iraq  The Brigade is expected to return early summer of 2012 

April 9th, 2011
By Staff Sgt Lynette Hoke
1st Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs


 





Articles archive

In The News archive

Media Advisory archive

Latest News

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.



Article archive
 
top