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Minnesota National Guard
55th CST Change of Command

June 3, 2011 was as a day of change for the 55th Civil Support Team, 84th Troop Command, 34th Infantry Division, Minnesota National Guard in St Paul, Minn, as Commander Lt. Col. Jody Gunlock passed the lead to incoming Commander Maj Robb Mattila

Gunlock is retiring in June after 30 years of service beginning in 1981 as an infantryman with the 82nd Airborne

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Mattila, who received his commission in 1995, was Assistant Professor of Military Science for the Saint John's University ROTC program as the Recruiting Operations Officer and most recently served as the Deputy Commander with the Croatian-Minnesota, Multi-National Combat Support Operations Mentoring and Liaison Team, in Afghanistan

Col William Lieder, commander, 84th Troop Command, passed the colors to Mattila as part of the ceremony to give him command of the CST He also awarded Gunlock the Meritorious Service Medal

"Since taking command Sept 29, 2008, Lt. Col. Gunlock has been an excellent example of the kind of leadership we have today by becoming the face of the 55th CST," said Lieder "This metaphorical face was fostered by creating relationships with the: FBI, US Coast Guard and Minneapolis Bomb Squad, to name a few"

Civil Support Teams perform duties in support of emergency preparedness programs to prepare for or respond to emergencies involving the use or threatened use of a Weapon of Mass Destruction, a terrorist attack or threatened terrorist attack that results in or could result in catastrophic loss of life or property, the intentional or unintentional release of nuclear, biological, radiological or toxic or poisonous chemicals that result in or could result in catastrophic loss of life or property, or a natural or manmade disaster that results in or could result in catastrophic loss of life or property


Story by Sgt John Angelo

Minnesota National Guard

Photos by SMSgt Mark Moss

133rd Airlift Wing




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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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