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Sixty Disabled Veterans Deer Hunting at Camp Ripley

CAMP RIPLEY, Minn (KSAX) - Deer hunting season started early for 60 disabled veterans at Camp Ripley Tuesday

The 20th annual Disabled Veterans Hunt, sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the American Legion, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Disabled American Veterans kicked off Tuesday morning with instructions, a lunch and target practice with the actual hunt is set to begin Wednesday at sunrise

"It really offers those disabled vets the opportunity to get back out in the field They thoroughly enjoy it Sometimes it's difficult for them to get out during the normal deer season, in November with the snow and cold, so this affords them that opportunity," St Cloud VA Event Coordinator Dennis Erie said

"There's a lot of camaraderie, because most of the guys here are Vietnam veterans, so we've got commonality there where we can talk about where we've been and what we've done since then It's kinda neat," disabled Vietnam War veteran Ted James said

The Minnesota veterans, wounded in or out of combat, range in age with some who served in WWII and others just returning from Iraq or Afghanistan

"It's nice that there's organizations around that take care of us and do the things that so many of us wanna do and even though we might be handicapped and stuff If you've got a will, there's a way to get out and do it," paraplegic Vietnam veteran Ken Klein said

Legendary Vikings coach and WWII veteran Bud Grant also joined the group for the hunt that ends Thursday

Written for web by Joe Nelson
jnelson@ksaxcom
Created: 10/04/2011 8:27 PM KSAXcom


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Posted: 2017-12-12  11:29 AM
Minnesota National Guard ST. PAUL, Minn. - Soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade (ECAB), who recently celebrated a year full of achievements, have embraced a new name: Red Devils.

The St. Paul-based unit hosted its annual aviation brigade ball Dec. 9, at the Envision Event Center in Oakdale, Minnesota, where the unit's new logo was unveiled.

Soldiers of the 34th ECAB, which falls under and supports the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, will continue to wear the Red Bull insignia on their uniforms. However, they will now be known and referred to as the Red Devils, a name that pays homage to the division's historical accomplishments and fierce warfighting.



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Posted: 2017-12-08  12:08 PM
Minnesota National Guard CAMP SANTIAGO, Puerto Rico - It has been more than two months since Hurricane Maria stuck Puerto Rico, leaving a trail of disaster behind it. The island was in dire need of some extra help. More than 230 Air National Guardsmen from 29 states have been deployed to the island and are helping in any way they can.

Eleven of those Airmen are from the Minnesota National Guard's 148th Fighter Wing out of Duluth, Minn. and the 133rd Airlift Wing out of St. Paul, Minn., are no exception in their desire to lend a helping hand. They have been at Camp Santiago, Puerto Rico, since before Thanksgiving and will leave around mid-December. Their mission is to feed military and civilian hurricane relief workers, giving them the much-needed fuel to complete their mission throughout the day.



Governor Mark Dayton installs new Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General

Posted: 2017-11-04  04:16 PM
TAG installation ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton administered the oath of office to Maj. Gen. Jon A. Jensen, installing him as the Minnesota National Guard's 31st Adjutant General during a ceremony in St. Paul, November 4, 2017.

"General Jensen has been a tremendous leader of the Minnesota National Guard throughout his years of dedicated service," said Governor Dayton. "He has served in two top leadership positions, as the Commanding General of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, and also as the Chief of Staff at the Guard's Joint Force Headquarters. I am confident that he will continue to provide the same outstanding leadership as his predecessor, General Rick Nash."

Jensen most recently served as the Commanding General of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division. He previously held positions as Deputy Commanding General, United States Army Africa and Southern European Task Force, Minnesota National Guard Director of the Joint Staff and Minnesota National Guard Assistant Adjutant General - Army.



Guard Heritage Suffers with Loss of Artillery Unit

Posted: 2017-10-04  11:22 AM
ETAB ANOKA, Minn. - The Minnesota National Guard lost one of its most historically significant units when the 151st Artillery's E Battery, (Target Acquisition) cased its colors in a ceremony at the Anoka High School Aug. 19, 2017.

The Target Acquisition Battery (ETAB), 151st Field Artillery is one of the oldest and most decorated units in the Minnesota National Guard and the 34th Infantry Division. "Both Minnesota and the Division lose the proud lineage that goes back to Civil War days, through WW1 and WW2, and had a significant amount of battle streamers," said 151st Field Artillery Battalion Commander, Lt. Col. Patrick Cornwell.

The 151st Field Artillery draws its lineage from the 1st Regiment, Minnesota Heavy Artillery of 1864 which fought two major campaigns in Tennessee during the Civil War.



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