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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: 2017-03-24 10:19 AM CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - Every spring Camp Ripley begins its annual controlled burn program to help reduce the risk of wildfire during training.
"Usually the burns are completed every spring before the summer annual training season begins," said Tim Notch, training area coordinator on Camp Ripley. "However, the warmer weather conditions provide a nice opportunity for preventative burns earlier this season."
As in years past Camp Ripley will conduct controlled burns on approximately 13,000 acres of the 53,000-acre military reservation. The burns are done in coordination with the staffs of the Camp Ripley Department of Public Works and the Camp Ripley Environmental Department along with support from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Posted: 2017-03-23 09:46 AM DULUTH, Minn. - Pfc. Trevor Nelson received the Minnesota Distinguished Recruiting Ribbon and a Minnesota Recruiting and Retention Battalion medallion for excellence from Command Sgt. Maj. Curtis Serbus, March 18, 2017, at the Duluth Armory. Nelson earned these awards as part of the online referral system, Leads 2 Enlistment for referring four friends who have joined the Minnesota National Guard.
"I talked to some buddies in my school about the Guard. They liked the benefits, so I put their info in the app and let my recruiter take over." said Nelson. "I thought it would be fun to serve with friends and help them figure out their path in life."
Nelson is currently a senior at Cloquet Senior High School and assigned to the Recruit Sustainment Program in Duluth. He attended basic training at Fort Benning in the summer of 2016 with follow-on training in the summer of 2017 to become an infantryman.
Posted: 2017-03-10 08:50 AM LITCHFIELD, Minn. -Bruce Cottington, a Navy veteran of WWII and Korea, donated a bronze bust of Gen. John W. Vessey, Jr. to the Litchfield National Guard unit during the armory's public open house event March 4. Cottington, a Litchfield resident, commands the Minnesota Chapter of the Veterans of Underage Military Service. VUMS members enlisted in the military prior to the minimum age requirement in order to serve their country during WWII. Cottington received the bust from Vessey, a fellow VUMS member. Both enlisted in the military at the age of 16.
The highlight of the 334th Brigade Engineer Battalion open house was the unveiling of the sculpture. The unit was very supportive when Cottington proposed donating the sculpture. The Litchfield community has always been very supportive of the National Guard over the years, so the open house was a chance to say 'thanks' to their neighbors. "This was a great opportunity to honor Bruce and to honor Gen. Vessey," said B Co., 334th Brigade Engineer Battalion Commander, Capt. Seth Goreham. Bravo Company also has a tight relationship with the local American Legion and VFW. Many Litchfield citizens are former members of Bravo Company, or the unit's predecessors A Co, 682nd Engineer Battalion, and the 849th Mobility Augmentation Company.
Posted: 2017-03-08 03:29 PM CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - The garrison command team of Camp Ripley, family, friends and colleagues from the Minnesota National Guard attended a Change of Responsibility ceremony between Command Sgt. Maj. Mike Worden and Command Sgt. Maj. Matt Erickson, March 5, 2017, at Camp Ripley.
The ceremony was an official "passing of the sword" from one senior noncommissioned officer to the next and assumption of the duties and responsibilities that go along with the position of Garrison Command Sergeant Major.
As with many military ceremonies those in attendance welcomed Erickson as a new member of the team and bid farewell, recognized and thanked Worden for his service.