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Dayton to speak at Beyond Yellow Ribbon event

August 17, 2011
By Fritz Busch - Staff Writer, The Journal

NEW ULM - Gov Mark Dayton has been confirmed to speak at a Beyond The Yellow Ribbon (BTYR) Proclamation event set for Friday, Sept 16 in the Martin Luther College Auditorium

The event, which will proclaim the founding of BTYR organizations in Watonwan, Martin and Jackson counties, was announced Tuesday

Open to the public, the event will include …

For more information, call 507-276-3805 or visit www.beyondtheyellowribbon.org
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Two years of hard work pays off for Red Bulls at NTC

Posted: 2016-07-01  01:02 PM
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"The training the brigade received and conducted was among the hardest and most realistic that the U.S. Army offers," said Col. Robert Intress, commander of the 1/34th ABCT. "I am incredibly proud of our performance ... we have been extremely successful and safe!"

In addition to the nearly two years of planning and training leading up to the rotation, the brigade's mission at NTC consisted of four phases: logistics involving the movement of 1,500 pieces of equipment and 6,000 Soldiers to Fort Irwin, California; Reception, Staging, Onward Movement and Integration; force-on-force field exercise; and regeneration.



Red Bull Soldier gains US citizenship

Posted: 2016-06-30  02:30 PM
Ali Dahir ST. PAUL, Minn. - A Minnesota National Guard soldier was one of 82 new U.S. citizens naturalized in a ceremony June 29, 2016, at Harriet Island Park.

For Pvt. Ali Mohamed Dahir, a motor transport operator assigned to A Co, 134th Brigade Support Battalion, gaining U.S. citizenship was a long-awaited dream come true.

"It feels amazing. It really does," Dahir said, after the ceremony in which he took the Oath of Allegiance. "It can't get any better than the feeling I have right now."



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Posted: 2016-06-29  09:44 AM
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The Soldiers of 2-135 Infantry are taking part in annual training in preparation for the battalion's upcoming deployment.

"Our Soldiers are well-trained, experienced and ready when called upon," said Lt. Col. Jon Ostercamp, the battalion commander, during an interview earlier this spring.



Minnesota National Guard and Norwegian Home Guard Soldiers conduct domestic operations training with local law enforcement

Posted: 2016-06-28  08:30 AM
Active shooter exercise CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - Soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Red Bull Infantry Division and the Norwegian Home Guard received training from local Minnesota law enforcement officers during a three-day domestic operations training event on Camp Ripley, June 24-26, 2016.

The training event, meant to provide both Minnesota and Norwegian Soldiers with an understanding of inter-agency cooperation between law enforcement and the military, consisted of basic instruction in crisis negotiation, active shooters and hostage rescue.

"We were asked to participate in this training exercise, which I consider an honor," said Washington County SWAT team member Chris Rheault who is a crisis negotiator and also a full-time Woodbury police officer. "This training provides everyone an opportunity to share tactics. Although we're instructing the training, it really provides us with an opportunity to all learn from each other. These Soldiers have different experiences and teach us just as much as we can teach them."



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