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Elementary School Holds Send-Off for Soldiers (video)

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- More than 2,000 Minnesota National Guardsmen are getting ready to head back to the middle east for another year long mission

They say the death of Osama Bin Laden doesn't change their mission and it doesn't make leaving their families behind any easier

Patriotism was the theme at Kasson-Mantorville Elementary Monday morning Patriotism and the realization that it comes with a cost

"Right now it's kind of hard to grasp exactly how long a year is going to be," said Specialist Spencer Stevens

Specialist Spencer Stevens and his fellow Red Bull National Guard unit are being deployed to Kuwait They're scheduled to leave later this month 

"The kids miss him terribly," said Michelle Stevens"I know what a year is going to be The kids don't grasp it"

Today, Steven's 8-year-old son Zachary and the rest of the 2nd graders held a quick send off ceremony for his dad and two other soldiers who have 2nd graders there The students sang patriotic songs, but for some of the adults the simplest of words were tough to get out

"and we hope you come back safe"

And then there were moments that need no words Lost on many of these young souls is the fact that on this day, the world's most wanted terrorist is no more Lost on them, but not on Specialist Spencer Stevens

"We still have a mission to do," he said "We must keep prevailing, keep fighting, keep moving forward"
And unfortunately, keep saying goodbye to their families

The Red Bulls are scheduled to head off on May 30th for training But Specialist Stevens says he's unsure when they will actually be in Kuwait

Posted at: 05/02/2011 6:56 PM
By: David Springer

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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.



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Posted: 2018-06-29  10:48 AM
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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.



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