/*********************************************** * Chrome CSS Drop Down Menu- (c) Dynamic Drive DHTML code library (www.dynamicdrive.com) * This notice MUST stay intact for legal use * Visit Dynamic Drive at http://www.dynamicdrive.com/ for full source code ***********************************************/
History
Minnesota National Guard
Red Bull Cavalry escorts convoy into Iraq

The Convoy Escort Team (CET) "Earthpig 30" from Charlie Company, 1/34th Brigade Special Troops Battalion attached to 1st Squadron, 94th Cavalry, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Red Bull Infantry Division conducted convoy escort duties for the 233rd Transportation Company, 3rd Sustainment Command along with Third-Country Nationals (TCNs) from Camp Buehring, Kuwait to Victory Base Complex (VBC), Iraq Nov16 

"Earthpig 30" is currently deployed to Camp Buehring, Kuwait in support of Operation New Dawn and will be providing convoy security through the final month of the drawdown in Iraq

Once a Convoy Escort Team crosses the border into Iraq anything can happen Anything from routine breakdowns, to being hit by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), can happen when a convoy is on the road, "CETs" must prepare for it all "Earthpig 30" is no different



Download photos

The Soldiers based out of Hutchinson and Redwood Falls, Minn, meet twenty-four hours out from their mission Start Point (SP) time at the maintenance area for their Pre-Combat Checks (PCCs) and Pre-Combat Inspections (PCIs)  All their equipment is laid on the floor in neatly matching piles for inspection Truck Commanders (TCs) go through with a checklist making sure each individual Soldier has their equipment in working order After the platoon leader and platoon sergeant inspect Soldiers' equipment, Capt Peter DeCrans, commander of Charlie Company, walks through and does a personal check of everything himself

"After the PCCs and PCIs we get our SP time," said Sgt Mark Weekly, a truck commander (TC) for third squad, first platoon, Charlie Company, 1/34th BSTB  

On the day of the mission the trucks of "Earthpig 30" move to the staging lanes to prepare to head out on the mission Prior to leaving, drivers conduct preventive maintenance checks and services (PMCS) to their Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle (MRAP)  After doing PMCS on their vehicles, drivers load their MRAP according to a load plan set up by the CET commander prior to mission Every truck has an identical load plan so that in case of an emergency, equipment can be easily accessed without delay

"Earthpig 30" mounts their weapons and meets up with the 233rd Transportation Company, 3rd Sustainment Command, to conduct a safety brief A prayer was said before putting on their body armor and mounting up 
Weekly commented, "I do my final inspection before the safety brief to make sure our MRAP's crew serve weapon (a machine gun) is operational and to make sure everything is strapped down"

Shortly after leaving K Crossing, the convoy was brought to a halt for suspicious activity Weekly and another Soldier in the squad investigated the situation  They determined that there was no immediate threat and continued the mission to Camp Adder, Iraq

En route to Victory Base Complex (VBC), the convoy was halted by two maintenance emergencies, which set the convoy back several hours

"You have to be prepared with maintenance issues because they will happen from time to time," added Weekly  

At K Crossing, the 233rd Transportation Company and the TCNs parted ways with "Earthpig 30" to go through border customs "Earthpig 30" fueled up their MRAPs and did a hasty tire change to move back to Camp Buehring where they off loaded their equipment cleaned their weapons and recuperated 

"I think this is something I am going to look back on with mostly good memories, which I am grateful for," said Pvt Garret Denne "I am going to look back and say I was a part of something big; I was with people I trusted and cared about and even if I don't do anything for the rest of my life I know that here, what we're doing now, we are actually accomplishing something that's affecting many people-- American and Iraqi in all sorts of ways"

By Spc Mathew Schlueter
1st Brigade Combat Team
16 Nov, 2011






Articles archive

In The News archive

Media Advisory archive

Latest News

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.



In one month: Minnesota Guardsmen support Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria

Posted: 2017-09-29  02:25 PM
Minnesota National Guard ST. PAUL, Minn. - In the span of a few weeks, three major hurricanes hit different parts of the southern United States, causing widespread damage and destruction and requiring the response of agencies around the country. The Minnesota National Guard is one of the many organizations that have responded, sending Soldiers and Airmen to Texas, Florida, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

"This is the most gratifying deployment of my career," said Capt. Jeremy Maxey with the 133rd Airlift Wing who was called back from his vacation early to go to the Virgin Islands. "It means a lot to be able to actually directly help people. It's why I serve. Throughout my career I've deployed numerous times, but this is the one where you actually see the people you serve."

The start of the month brought the first request for assistance. On Sept. 1, two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and 11 personnel from the St. Cloud-based B Company, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 211th Aviation Regiment left for Texas following Hurricane Harvey to transport personnel and equipment in support of response efforts.



Finding fellowship in the sacred mission

Posted: 2017-09-26  12:02 PM
Minnesota National Guard CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - One of the most difficult, most sacred, honorable duties in the military is one that people don't often think about. It takes compassion, empathy, care, and requires great resilience. It is one that when called upon to train for, they hope to rarely perform because it means another Soldier has been lost. It is the duty of casualty notification officer and casualty assistance officer.

About 45 Minnesota Army National Guard Soldiers came to Camp Ripley, Minnesota, on September 21-22, 2017, for a Reset Seminar to find fellowship in one specific thing they have in common: delivering the worst news in the Army.

When a Soldier dies at home or overseas, CNOs and CAOs must notify and help families through the process, including paperwork, benefits, and funeral arrangements.



Minnesota Guardsmen participate in Aurora 17 exercise in Sweden

Posted: 2017-09-25  09:06 AM
Aurora 17 SKOVDE, Sweden - Minnesota National Guard Soldiers from the 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 194th Armor traveled overseas in mid-Sept. 2017 to take part in a cooperative, national defense training exercise with allied countries.

"The education and experience these Soldiers will receive is invaluable," said Command Sgt. Maj. Shane Hybben, 1-194th command sergeant major. "Our Soldiers will have operated in joint forces operations with fire and maneuver, which will allow for best practices to be shared and used in the future. They will have a better understanding of other military forces and how they operate not only strengthening our force but everyone involved."

The Brainerd-based battalion spearheaded the mission to Sweden as the most recent element of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division to have taken part in joint international training missions throughout Europe since early 2017.



Article archive
 
top