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Red Bulls take Caimans off-road in Kuwait

UDAIRI RANGE, Kuwait - During their missions in Iraq, Soldiers of Alpha Company, 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 194th Armor drove on paved roads to facilitate the drawdown of equipment

In support of their new mission, Alpha Company Soldiers are conducting off-road training to learn how to better maneuver their 20-ton Caiman Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles on variable terrain and in tight quarters

The training began with Alpha Company Soldiers convoying their Caiman to Udairi Range, an ordinary task they have accomplished time and time again



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When they entered the training area the Soldiers knew an interesting day was ahead of them Rolling hills, tight turns, soft sand, ravines, and other obstacles they had not yet encountered while on their prior missions awaited the Soldiers

The MRAP Off-Road Driving Course contained many natural obstacles and terrain features chosen to properly train the Soldiers

After preparing the range, the first vehicle moved out onto the course The terrain was rough and assumed to be unforgiving on the 20-ton Caiman, but to the Soldier's surprise, the large elephant-like vehicle traversed the terrain with little difficulty

Up and down the hills, through the thick sand and over the rhythmic sections of harsh terrain, the drivers navigated their vehicles The purpose of the course is to build confidence in the drivers and in their vehicle's capabilities

After the first run was completed, the drivers had a good idea of the vehicle's off-road capabilities They were then sent back out on the course, only this time they traversed the course with little trouble and had a good basis of experience with off-road maneuvering of the Caiman

The mission has changed, but the Soldiers of Alpha Company will continue to train and hone their skills in order to prepare themselves for whatever the future may hold

One thing is certain, whether it is paved roads or the harsh desert terrain, the Soldiers of Alpha Company 1-194 CAB will be able to shoot, move and communicate, wherever the enemy may be

By 2nd Lt Kyle Koeberl
1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Red Bull Infantry Division
Jan 25, 2012




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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.



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