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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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Officers convene for 112th Meeting of the National Guard Association of Minnesota

Posted: 2017-04-28  12:38 PM
NGAMN conference MANKATO, Minn. - Commissioned leaders of the Minnesota National Guard convened for the 112th General Conference of the National Guard Association of Minnesota at the Verizon Wireless Center and Hilton Garden Inn, Mankato, on April 22, 2017.

The annual gathering of association members - who serve as advocates for the needs of Soldiers, Airmen and their families - includes a business meeting, commanders march, formal dining event and transfer of responsibility to the chapter's new president.

The day's event began with a business meeting, which focused on the association's mission of educating and informing legislators on the issues facing the current and future role of the National Guard in serving Minnesota communities. The strategic planning meeting was attended by Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Richard Nash, his staff and unit commanders.



Camp Ripley earns top environmental award

Posted: 2017-04-26  02:09 PM
Mississippi River CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - The Department of Defense announced that Camp Ripley was selected as the winner of the Secretary of Defense Environmental Award for Natural Resources Conservation, Large Installation.

The awards recognize individuals, teams and installations for their exceptional environmental achievements and innovative, cost-effective environmental practices.

"The winners' efforts strengthen the Department of Defense's position as a resourceful environmental steward, both at home and abroad, and demonstrate our continued commitment to fulfilling mission needs through advanced environmental practices and technologies," stated James A. MacStravic, performing the duties of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics.



Minnesota Guardsman finds work with victims in the military and the local community rewarding

Posted: 2017-04-26  10:57 AM
Neely COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. - Staff Sgt. Nicquie Neely has been working with victims of sexual assault for four years in the Minnesota National Guard and also volunteers as a victim advocate in the community. As a victim advocate, it's her job to believe and support victims through a difficult process that can often involve extensive medical care and legal proceedings.

"Ever since I joined the Guard and heard about the SHARP program and learned what a victim advocate was, I always wanted to be one," said Neely. "And then I learned that you had to be an E-6 to be in that position, so the minute I got promoted I asked my commander if I could go to the training."

Neely is a combat medic and the full-time training and administration NCO with Company C, 134th Brigade Support Battalion. In addition to military victim advocate training, Neely also attends regular training with the civilian organization she volunteers for - SOS Sexual Violence Services in Ramsey County.



Minnesota National Guard Remembers the Holocaust with Jewish Community Relations Council

Posted: 2017-04-24  10:43 AM
Holocaust Museum Washington - Members of the Minnesota National Guard and the Air Force Reserve traveled to Washington D.C. with the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (also known as the JCRC), to visit the Holocaust Museum, April 4, 2017, to honor the victims of the Holocaust. Also, traveling with this group were St. Paul and Minneapolis police officers along with students from various high schools around the state. For those in uniform that day, it was an opportunity to see, hear and experience the stories of victims and survivors of the Holocaust.

Each Service member who attended was asked to bring back a summary of their experience in the form of a presentation, professional discussion or briefing to their respective unit in order to help other Guard members better understand and remember that horrible event, to honor the courage of the victims and survivors, and to remain vigilant as members of the U.S. military.

"The honor and privilege of accompanying members of the Minnesota National Guard to the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. met so many goals," said Steve Hunegs, the executive director of the JCRC. "I wanted to reinforce the importance of the commitment of the U.S. military to democracy. After all, it was the Allies that defeated Nazi Germany and ultimately put an end to the Holocaust."



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