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Signal Corps enables wartime victory

KUWAIT - Lt Col J D Calidonna, signal officer, 34th Infantry Division, deployed to Italy in World War II said, "Messengers have to be good to do their job properly They have to use a great deal of initiative and common sense in locating units to which they must deliver messages Because they work alone and have to cover much territory, sometimes in forward areas, they have to exercise enough intelligence to keep from being killed or captured In addition to all this, messengers must be able to report intelligently on what they have seen while making their runs"

The Signal Corp today has vastly evolved from its role in WWII From hand delivering messages to reporting on enemy locations, the Signal Corp played a vital role in communication and intelligence Today, the Signal, or "commo," role is still vital to ensure communication is maintained, but it's not as physical as it was 60 years ago

Exercising good judgment is still vital to the signalmen's role The largest aspect of today's commo mission is troubleshooting all communication problems ranging from phone, computer, radio and other forms of communication

Thanks to reliable communication, the US Army has more flexibility in using small units, which can now call for support as needed



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As Sgt 1st Class David Wright, communication section non-commissioned officer in-charge, likes to say "You can talk about us, but you can't talk without us" You can also hear him asking those filing help desk tickets for a commo issue, "Did you turn it off and back on?"

On this deployment, Chief Warrant Officer Dale Wippler is the commo section officer-in-charge on Camp Army Life Support Area He agrees while the method of delivering communication has changed, the reliance upon communication has not "If we didn't have the communication capabilities we have today, the mission would fail We rely heavily on communication"

18 Feb, 2012
Story by Capt Sara Behr
Unit Public Affairs Representative
1st Brigade Combat Team,
34th Red Bull Infantry Division




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Operation Future Warrior, rain or shine

Posted: 2017-05-24  01:12 PM
Operation Future Warrior More than 900 recruits from the Minnesota National Guard came to Camp Ripley Friday through Sunday for Operation Future Warrior.

Young men and women who volunteered to join the Minnesota Army National Guard got to experience a small taste of basic training and military training during the three-day event.

"The intent of Operation Future Warrior is removing the mystery of the training recruits will experience when attending Basic Combat and Advance Individualized Training," said Lt. Col. Eduardo Suarez, recruiting and retention battalion commander.



St. Paul-based Combat Aviation Brigade welcomes new senior enlisted leader

Posted: 2017-05-23  08:03 AM
Hellkamp ARDEN HILLS, Minn. - The Minnesota National Guard's 34th Combat Aviation Brigade welcomed a new senior enlisted leader during a change of responsibility ceremony, May 21, 2017, at the Arden Hills Army Training Site.

Command Sgt. Maj. Mitchell Hellkamp assumed duties as the unit's senior noncommissioned officer (NCO) from Command Sgt. Maj. Stephen Cunnien, who served in the position for the past two years and will be retiring from the military later this year.

"Command Sgt. Maj. Cunnien is one of the finest leaders that I have worked with in my career," said Col. Shawn Manke, commander of the 34th CAB. "He sets the example for all noncommissioned officers and Soldiers to emulate. He is a true professional, as a visible leader and teacher for the Soldiers of the combat aviation brigade. We're grateful for his many years of service, and we wish him well as he closes out his military career and enters the next chapter in his life."



Families recognized for sacrifices during Guard deployment

Posted: 2017-05-22  10:57 AM
Welcome Home ST. CLOUD, Minn. - Soldiers of B Co., 2-211th General Support Aviation Battalion were welcomed home May 20, 2017, at the River's Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud, Minnesota. During the ceremony, families were recognized for their sacrifices during the year-long deployment.

"I often tell Soldiers and truly believe that as hard as our jobs are at times, our families have the harder job at home," said Lt. Col. Kevin O'Brien, commander of the 2-147 Assault Helicopter Battalion. "Because Army family members have a unique burden that many of their friends and families cannot understand, they form family readiness groups, or FRGs, to share information and provide support to one another."

The company's FRG leader, Rhiannon Knutson, wife of Chief Warrant Officer 2 Tom Knutson, was in constant contact with the unit's families and went above and beyond what is normally expected of FRG leaders, said the unit's readiness non-commissioned officer, Sgt. 1st Class Mark Wood.



Camp Ripley's Training Support Unit keeps the base running

Posted: 2017-05-16  12:41 PM
Camp Ripley CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - The Camp Ripley Training Support Unit is designated to the care, upkeep and assistance to the installation and those utilizing the facility.

"The Training Support Unit's (TSU) primary focus is to support unit training requirements and ensure smooth operations here on Camp Ripley and the Arden Hills Army Training Site in the metro," said Sgt. 1st Class Terry Clabo, Training Support Unit Readiness NCO.

Camp Ripley features numerous ranges and state-of-the-art training facilities to support military, law enforcement, first responder and inter-agency partner training requirements. The installation is structured to have a full complement of automated small arms and large caliber weapon ranges as well as several specialized training facilities.



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