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2-135 Infantry transfers security mission becoming Regional Reaction Force
CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait -- Operation New Dawn has been demanding for some of the troops of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Red Bull Infantry Division (1/34th BCT) Providing support to the logistics of pulling out of Iraq has kept some of the Soldiers moving nonstop since they arrived in country Recently, more troops arrived to help
"To the Soldiers of the 2-135th Infantry, I say thanks for a job well done," said Lt Col Clintis McCray, incoming commander of the 112th MPs "Thank you for all your hard work and dedication To the Soldiers of the 112th, I challenge you to lean forward in everything that you do We have some big shoes to fill over the next several months"
The turn of the 2012 New Year is right around the corner, and the draw down keeps moving forward with full steam All troops are scheduled to be out of Iraq by the Dec 31st deadline How the end of the eight-year war and mission in Iraq will affect the 112th MP and 2-135th Infantry has yet to be determined
"I expect you to view this as a unique opportunity," said Col Eric Kerska, 1/34th BCT "˜Red Bull' commander, addressing the participants and attendees during the ceremony "I need you to tighten your chinstrap and know you can and will be the best at whatever mission you are assigned"
The Mississippi National Guardsmen stationed in Kuwait will take over the Khbari Crossing mission, convoy security and other missions relinquished by the 2-135th Infantry
"I assure you that the 112th MPs will be professional in all that we do," said Lt Col McCray "We will concentrate our efforts towards safety and successfully completing all assigned missions"
The 2-135th Infantry will still be stationed at Camp Buehring, Kuwait; and will become a Regional Reaction Force for the area They will continue to train and their new mission emphasis is defending an urban environment, providing route security and reacting to civil disturbances
Both battalions under the 1/34th BCT are expected to redeploy early next summer
Posted: 2017-04-28 12:38 PM MANKATO, Minn. - Commissioned leaders of the Minnesota National Guard convened for the 112th General Conference of the National Guard Association of Minnesota at the Verizon Wireless Center and Hilton Garden Inn, Mankato, on April 22, 2017.
The annual gathering of association members - who serve as advocates for the needs of Soldiers, Airmen and their families - includes a business meeting, commanders march, formal dining event and transfer of responsibility to the chapter's new president.
The day's event began with a business meeting, which focused on the association's mission of educating and informing legislators on the issues facing the current and future role of the National Guard in serving Minnesota communities. The strategic planning meeting was attended by Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Richard Nash, his staff and unit commanders.
Posted: 2017-04-26 02:09 PM CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - The Department of Defense announced that Camp Ripley was selected as the winner of the Secretary of Defense Environmental Award for Natural Resources Conservation, Large Installation.
The awards recognize individuals, teams and installations for their exceptional environmental achievements and innovative, cost-effective environmental practices.
"The winners' efforts strengthen the Department of Defense's position as a resourceful environmental steward, both at home and abroad, and demonstrate our continued commitment to fulfilling mission needs through advanced environmental practices and technologies," stated James A. MacStravic, performing the duties of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics.
Posted: 2017-04-26 10:57 AM COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. - Staff Sgt. Nicquie Neely has been working with victims of sexual assault for four years in the Minnesota National Guard and also volunteers as a victim advocate in the community. As a victim advocate, it's her job to believe and support victims through a difficult process that can often involve extensive medical care and legal proceedings.
"Ever since I joined the Guard and heard about the SHARP program and learned what a victim advocate was, I always wanted to be one," said Neely. "And then I learned that you had to be an E-6 to be in that position, so the minute I got promoted I asked my commander if I could go to the training."
Neely is a combat medic and the full-time training and administration NCO with Company C, 134th Brigade Support Battalion. In addition to military victim advocate training, Neely also attends regular training with the civilian organization she volunteers for - SOS Sexual Violence Services in Ramsey County.
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."