| Crazy Horse Closes the Loop on Deployment Tasks
Sauk Centre-based Company C, 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 194th Armor (Co C, 1-194 CAB), call sign "Crazy Horse," began their Annual Training period at Camp Ripley on May 8, 2011 This 64-man tank company has grown and changed very much in the last year The unit has doubled in size for the upcoming deployment to include a mix of men and women The company now consists of armor crewman, medics, mortarmen, mechanics and many other military occupational specialties
Based in Kuwait, Crazy Horse will play an important role in the final drawdown of US forces in Iraq Crazy Horse has known for some time they would be heading back to Iraq " their last overseas deployment was during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005 Cpt John Hobot, the commander of Crazy Horse was a platoon leader in the unit during their historic 22-month deployment from 2005-2007 Cpt Hobot has experience in preparing Soldiers to succeed in combat
"Our Soldiers have been gearing up for this deployment for more than a year," said Hobot "We have received some of the best training the Army has to offer to prepare us for the mission we are about to undertake"
Before departure, familiarization and qualifications on weapons and equipment is being completed to maintain Soldier readiness The citizen-Soldiers showed up to Camp Ripley and immediately drew weapons to prepare for their gunnery skills testing which took place throughout the week
Each Soldier must harness the knowledge to successfully clear, disassemble, assemble, functions check and load their weapon " an important component to master, especially in a combat situation
The M4, M249, M240B and the 50 caliber machine guns were hauled out to ranges for qualification Targets as close as 100 meters and up to 1,500 meters popped up for the Soldiers to engage and destroy
The company did a superb job of having their men and women exceed the standard by qualifying 27 Soldiers on the M2 50 caliber automatic machine gun Four Soldiers qualified Expert, 13 Sharpshooter and 10 Marksman Twenty-eight Soldiers qualified on the M249 squad automatic machine gun to include 20 Expert, 4 First Class and 4 Second Class The unit did not stop there as they qualified 61 Soldiers on the M240B automatic machine gun Twenty of these Soldiers qualified Expert, 24 First Class and 17 Second Class on the M240B
"We had a few minor problems with some targets not coming up during the night fire portion of the qualification," said 1st Sgt Timothy Flahave "Crazy Horse did not waiver though; they were able to maintain composure and qualify when they knew they had a challenge ahead, I'm proud of them"
Along with crew-served weapons qualification, the company tested and passed 130 Soldiers on initial driver's training of the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle
Preventative maintenance checks and services (PMCS) is an extremely important aspect of preparing for a mission Each Soldier must understand and grasp the duties of each crewmember in their vehicle and be able to carry out their position auspiciously
"The most important thing to a Soldier on the battle field is his weapon," said Flahave, "but in a combat situation where the weapon can malfunction and is incapable of assisting in the fight " the vehicle may need to evade and get to a safe and secure area This is why PMCS is a must on all vehicles, weapons and equipment"
Land navigation, fire evacuation and casualty evacuation drills, mine resistant ambush protected training, company intelligence support team, tactical sight exploitation, preliminary marksmanship instruction, and call for fire were conducted by the end of the first week
Crazy Horse will finish up their annual training on May 22 and prepare for their departure ceremony to be held on May 25 in Sauk Centre, MN Upon completion of the ceremony, Soldiers will say goodbye to their friends and family and head to Fort McCoy, Wisconsin for a couple months before they begin their year-long mission of assisting with the US drawdown in Iraq
Story and photos by Spc Zachary Mangas
C Co, 1-194 AR (CAB) Unit Public Affairs Representative
15 May, 2011
Minnesota National Guard Remembers the Holocaust with Jewish Community Relations Council
Posted: 2017-04-24 10:43 AM
Washington - Members of the Minnesota National Guard and the Air Force Reserve traveled to Washington D.C. with the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (also known as the JCRC), to visit the Holocaust Museum, April 4, 2017, to honor the victims of the Holocaust. Also, traveling with this group were St. Paul and Minneapolis police officers along with students from various high schools around the state. For those in uniform that day, it was an opportunity to see, hear and experience the stories of victims and survivors of the Holocaust.
Each Service member who attended was asked to bring back a summary of their experience in the form of a presentation, professional discussion or briefing to their respective unit in order to help other Guard members better understand and remember that horrible event, to honor the courage of the victims and survivors, and to remain vigilant as members of the U.S. military.
"The honor and privilege of accompanying members of the Minnesota National Guard to the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. met so many goals," said Steve Hunegs, the executive director of the JCRC. "I wanted to reinforce the importance of the commitment of the U.S. military to democracy. After all, it was the Allies that defeated Nazi Germany and ultimately put an end to the Holocaust."
Learning to instruct professionalism and discipline
Posted: 2017-04-19 02:15 PM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - It was a challenging and rewarding two weeks for members attending the Army National Guard Funeral Honors Instructor Course, April 1-14, at Camp Ripley.
Soldiers of National Guard units from all over the United States took part in the course designed to educate team leaders in a variety of funeral honor detail tasks, traditions and responsibilities.
"It's a stressful course, but for our job, we have to be prepared to do our job under stress; and we all really benefitted from that," said Class Honor Grad, Sgt. Ryan Valline of the 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry.
Chaplains support Muslim Soldiers by finding common ground
Posted: 2017-04-18 01:42 PM
ROSEMOUNT, Minn. - The Soldiers of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division had a unique opportunity to speak with one of the U.S. Army's five Muslim chaplains April 7-10, 2017. U.S. Army Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Khallid Shabazz, I Corps deputy command chaplain, travelled from Fort Lewis, Washington, to Minnesota to provide professional development for the division chaplain section.
"Soldiers perform at a higher level when they are spiritually fit," said Minnesota National Guard Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Buddy Winn, the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division command chaplain. "And, it's our job as chaplains to make sure Soldiers have their spiritual needs met, regardless of faith. Having Chaplain Shabazz here as a Muslim Chaplain provides the diversity in religious background that we can't provide internally."
There are five major religions supported by the chaplaincy: Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist, but over 200 religions are recognized. Chaplains can only perform services for their particular religion, but they can provide support for all Soldiers, regardless of their faith.
Howling with pride - Minnesota Service members honored by MN Timberwolves
Posted: 2017-04-14 04:25 PM
ST. PAUL, Minn. - For the third consecutive year, Minnesota service members were honored with on-court recognition and other VIP treatments as part of the Minnesota Timberwolves Heroes of the Pack Program.
"We are very appreciative for what the military does for us, and we wanted to give something back to honor the military," said Roger McCabe, who along with wife, Nancy, is a driving force behind the recognitions through the FastBreak Foundation and Roger & Nancy McCabe Foundation. "This is our way of doing it."
Having lived through the Vietnam War - and with Roger and Nancy both having parents who served - the two philanthropists decided a few years back to build upon existing recognition efforts already underway by the Timberwolves. And with that, recognitions that were typically happening at Target Center in November expanded to include Minnesota Service members from all branches at every home game - a total of 41 honorees per season.