/*********************************************** * 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
Long history in artillery ends as Olivia Armory reorganizes as part of Roseville-based regional support group

By: Tom Cherveny, Associated Press
Published December 19, 2011, 12:00 AM

OLIVIA— The military’s presence in Olivia dates to the late 1800s, there has been an armory here since the turn of the last century and always there has been artillery

Horses kept at what is now the Olivia Golf Course pulled the first artillery pieces The early guns were replaced by a succession of ever-larger howitzers through the years

Until now

“Instead of howitzers, it’s trucks,’’ said Staff Sgt Ryan Robbins, who is helping lead the Minnesota National Guard unit in Olivia as it transitions into an entirely new role

As of July, the Olivia unit has been part of the 224th Transportation Company under command of the 347th Regional Support Group based in Roseville The Olivia unit is attached to Austin, where an induction ceremony for its new leadership was held just last month

Soldiers in the unit are undergoing training for new roles as part of a light- to medium-transportation company Each soldier is required to complete four weeks of training focused on truck driving and hauling equipment and containers

It’s likely to take several months yet before all of the soldiers can schedule and complete their training, which is offered at bases from Wisconsin to Louisiana, according to Robbins

The Olivia unit had been part of the 1st Battalion, 151st Field Artillery headquartered in Montevideo since 1992, and before that, dating to 1946, had been the headquarters for the 1st Battalion, 175th Field Artillery

The 151st Field Artillery was outfitted with lighter, faster and more accurate M777 howitzers to replace its M198 howitzers There are now four guns instead of six for the battalion, and that led to the reorganization

Soldiers in Olivia had the option of remaining with Bravo Company based in the Madison Armory and staying with the 151 FA, or retraining with the new Olivia detachment

About 30 soldiers chose to stay, said Robbins, who is among them

No doubt it’s been difficult for some to part with the artillery tradition “Old rivers run deep,’’ said Lee Stock, Renville County veterans service officer who had once served with the Olivia unit

Stock and Harry Hawkinson, who retired after a 35-year career that started in 1967 at the Olivia Armory, said that it can be hard to put all that tradition behind Yet both said the unit’s new role seems to be well-received by both its former members and new

The Olivia unit is expected to number 160 strong as a transportation unit, according to Robbins

It is welcoming soldiers who transferred from other units in the state affected by the reorganization that took place

It’s also welcoming new recruits, among them its first female members As an artillery unit, it could not include female soldiers Now, women in the Olivia area interested in being part of the Guard have the opportunity to be part of the local unit

There are other opportunities created by the changed duties as well Robbins noted that some of the soldiers have welcomed the change itself, and the opportunity it represents to learn new skills

Also, the skills in transportation are readily transferable to civilian work, he noted

As for all of the tradition, the armory donated photos and other historical memorabilia to museums in the county

Robbins emphasized that in most respects, people in the community will see no changes The armory and its soldiers continue to remain an active part of the community and continue to enjoy the same support from the larger Renville County community, he said
Article source
http://www.wctrib.com/event/article/id/87833/



Articles archive

In The News archive

Media Advisory archive

Latest News

Minnesota Guardsmen learn survival skills, train with Norwegian counterparts

Posted: 2018-07-03  01:36 PM
NOREX 45 Over the course of 10 days, 100 Soldiers and Airmen from the Minnesota National Guard who traveled to Norway June 17-26, 2018, for the 45th Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange learned valuable survival skills and shared their knowledge with members of the Norwegian Home Guard. This year's exchange was the second to take place during the summer months in the history of the longest-running military partnership between two nations.

"It was a great experience for both the Minnesota National Guard and the Norwegian Home Guard," said Capt. 'Kiwi' HorgA�ien, the senior Norwegian instructor. "A cultural exchange, a social exchange and military exchange all packed into one."

The 45th exchange got off to a late start, with flight delays causing the trip to be shortened from its normal length of two weeks. The delay meant that the Minnesota Guardsmen jumped right into training, heading out to the field after just a few hours of sleep.



133rd Airlift Wing Emphasizes Combat Readiness Training

Posted: 2018-06-29  10:48 AM
Alpena ALPENA, Michigan - Approximately 300 U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 133rd Airlift Wing participated in a readiness exercise at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Alpena, Mich.

The exercise, tagged as Iron Ore, was designed test the Airmen abilities to set up operations at an unfamiliar location and receive in depth training on Ability-To-Survive and Operate (ATSO) principles while supporting airlift and aeromedical flight operations.

To ensure mission success and readiness, Airmen had to complete training at home station prior to leaving for Alpena. Some of this training included weapons qualification, gas mask fit testing, Mission Oriented Protective Posture (MOPP) familiarization, self-aid and buddy care and career field training.



Red Bulls Kickoff Division Warfighter

Posted: 2018-06-13  01:38 PM
DIV WFX CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. - "A Warfighter is an exercise that allows the Division to evaluate their ability to maneuver assets in a battle," said Master Sgt. Greg Weaver, the Operations Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge for the Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion. "It is designed to focus on particular areas and specific objectives to be evaluated or tested."

The Division has geared its' planning and training efforts in preparation for Warfighter since July 2017. Coordinating transportation for Soldiers and equipment was often on the mind of Maj. David Johansson, the logistics officer for the 34th ID. With the coordination of Johansson and his team, troops and equipment all converged on Camp Atterbury, enlisting the help of 89 railcars, 280 tractor-trailers, and nearly 50 buses for the movement.

"I like to say my job is to 'quiet the noise'". Johansson continued, "The noise being a real life logistical problem that could impede the exercise."



Minnesota-based aviation unit takes part in Warfighter Exercise

Posted: 2018-06-08  11:59 AM
34ECAB WFX CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. - More than 150 Soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade are here participating in a multi-echelon training event, Warfighter Exercise 18-5, May 30 to June 15.

The exercise, which is part live and part virtual, is testing the St. Paul, Minnesota-based aviation unit's ability to conduct operations and mission command in a high-intensity, complex operating environment. Soldiers are being challenged to take decisive action as they focus on air-ground operations -- or synchronizing and integrating aviation operations into the scheme of maneuver planned and conducted by forces on the ground.

In this case, the units on the ground are being commanded by the Rosemount, Minnesota-based 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, which is also participating in the exercise.



Article archive
 
top