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Minnesota National Guard
Citizen Soldier: Training for Combat (video)

(ABC 6 NEWS) --  The Minnesota Red Bulls are a versatile, high quality and well trained force
The 34th infantry is training right now, but will leave soon for deployment overseas, on a mission that will last a year

The men that are part of the 34th Infantry are husbands, brothers and sons  When they are training at Camp Ripley, however, they are all Soldiers  Camp Ripley is located ten minutes north of Little Falls, in west central Minnesota

I visited with Soldiers with the 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry  That includes Soldiers from Albert Lea, Austin and Rochester, among other cities  The D Company 2-135th Infantry is based out of Albert Lea  It is also made up of Soldiers from the 1-135th Support Company from Austin

22 year old Specialist Trevor Kolb is one of the men that is currently with the 2-135th  He is a 2007 graduate of Austin High School in Austin, Minnesota

Back home, Spc Kolb is a cook at Piggy Blues BBQ in downtown Austin  When Spc Kolb is at training, his life is very different  During his most recent training mission at Camp Ripley, he fires weapons and protects machine gun ammunition

Sergeant Dan Springborg is among the oldest in the unit  He enlisted in with the Minnesota Army National Guard one day before he turned 40 years old  He is now 45

At home, Sgt Springborg works at the Freeborn County Jail in Albert Lea, Minnesota

He says that job is 99% boredom with 1% excitement  He thrives on the activity the guard offers  During training, he tells ABC 6 News that he loves getting in the field and working on training exercises

Click on the video on the upper right side of the page to watch ABC 6 News anchor Melanie Bloom go inside Camp Ripley during the first part of a special series: Citizen Soldier

Posted at: 05/23/2011 11:13 PM
By: Melanie Bloom

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