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Over and out: Delta 'Drifter' Company prepared to go home!
CAMP VIRGINIA, Kuwait -- The anticipation is so thick it can be cut with a knife, the excitement to return home is palpable It is a little like the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas; everyone begins to think more of spending time with family, of traveling home to see loved ones
Delta "Drifter" Company, along with the rest of the 500 plus Soldiers from the 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 194th Armor, are now nearing the end of the deployment to Kuwait, and they have turned their attention towards preparing to return to home stations within the following month For many of these Soldiers, time will drag more than normal this next month, during which each day will seem like a week, each week a month However, for those few Soldiers working within the logistical side of things, such as supply, they are experiencing what seems like a lack of time for all of the things needing to be accomplished
There are a significant number of tasks required to redeploy a unit back to the United States, many of which must be facilitated by logistics and supply personnel such as cleaning, organizing and preparing the paperwork for turn-in of property the units received once they arrived in Kuwait Additionally, it is logistics' responsibility to ensure all Soldiers personal equipment returns to home while maintaining 100 percent accountability of all items This is a tremendous challenge considering there are over 100,000 items shipped per company
When all of the equipment is shipped out, all that remains is turning in buildings and boarding a plane This is only a quick glimpse of what a unit must accomplish before returning home, as there are also many redeployment tasks facilitated by administrative and maintenance personnel Of course, it will not be all work, as many units, to include Delta Company, have planned a day to unwind as a team and relax before heading out
Once the wheels are up with Kuwait to the rear, the first stop on the way home will be at Camp Shelby There, each Soldier will spend some time going through medical and dental exams, while also ensuring all paperwork has been successfully completed However, the time spent at Camp Shelby will be short and Soldiers will be ever closer to returning home
Once home of course, time will take on new meaning! Soldiers will get time to spend with loved ones, rekindling old friendships, cultivating new friendships, and taking the time to do things they missed out on this past year Assuredly, each Soldier will greatly enjoy being home, and will be able to do so without constant sand and dust coating provided by the Kuwaiti desert From all of us from "Drifter" family, we look forward to seeing you all back home real soon!
23 March, 2012
1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Red Bull Infantry Division
Posted: 2017-04-28 12:38 PM 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.
Posted: 2017-04-26 02:09 PM 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.
Posted: 2017-04-26 10:57 AM 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.
Posted: 2017-04-24 10:43 AM 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."