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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: 2017-03-24 10:19 AM CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - Every spring Camp Ripley begins its annual controlled burn program to help reduce the risk of wildfire during training.
"Usually the burns are completed every spring before the summer annual training season begins," said Tim Notch, training area coordinator on Camp Ripley. "However, the warmer weather conditions provide a nice opportunity for preventative burns earlier this season."
As in years past Camp Ripley will conduct controlled burns on approximately 13,000 acres of the 53,000-acre military reservation. The burns are done in coordination with the staffs of the Camp Ripley Department of Public Works and the Camp Ripley Environmental Department along with support from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Posted: 2017-03-23 09:46 AM DULUTH, Minn. - Pfc. Trevor Nelson received the Minnesota Distinguished Recruiting Ribbon and a Minnesota Recruiting and Retention Battalion medallion for excellence from Command Sgt. Maj. Curtis Serbus, March 18, 2017, at the Duluth Armory. Nelson earned these awards as part of the online referral system, Leads 2 Enlistment for referring four friends who have joined the Minnesota National Guard.
"I talked to some buddies in my school about the Guard. They liked the benefits, so I put their info in the app and let my recruiter take over." said Nelson. "I thought it would be fun to serve with friends and help them figure out their path in life."
Nelson is currently a senior at Cloquet Senior High School and assigned to the Recruit Sustainment Program in Duluth. He attended basic training at Fort Benning in the summer of 2016 with follow-on training in the summer of 2017 to become an infantryman.
Posted: 2017-03-10 08:50 AM LITCHFIELD, Minn. -Bruce Cottington, a Navy veteran of WWII and Korea, donated a bronze bust of Gen. John W. Vessey, Jr. to the Litchfield National Guard unit during the armory's public open house event March 4. Cottington, a Litchfield resident, commands the Minnesota Chapter of the Veterans of Underage Military Service. VUMS members enlisted in the military prior to the minimum age requirement in order to serve their country during WWII. Cottington received the bust from Vessey, a fellow VUMS member. Both enlisted in the military at the age of 16.
The highlight of the 334th Brigade Engineer Battalion open house was the unveiling of the sculpture. The unit was very supportive when Cottington proposed donating the sculpture. The Litchfield community has always been very supportive of the National Guard over the years, so the open house was a chance to say 'thanks' to their neighbors. "This was a great opportunity to honor Bruce and to honor Gen. Vessey," said B Co., 334th Brigade Engineer Battalion Commander, Capt. Seth Goreham. Bravo Company also has a tight relationship with the local American Legion and VFW. Many Litchfield citizens are former members of Bravo Company, or the unit's predecessors A Co, 682nd Engineer Battalion, and the 849th Mobility Augmentation Company.
Posted: 2017-03-08 03:29 PM CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - The garrison command team of Camp Ripley, family, friends and colleagues from the Minnesota National Guard attended a Change of Responsibility ceremony between Command Sgt. Maj. Mike Worden and Command Sgt. Maj. Matt Erickson, March 5, 2017, at Camp Ripley.
The ceremony was an official "passing of the sword" from one senior noncommissioned officer to the next and assumption of the duties and responsibilities that go along with the position of Garrison Command Sergeant Major.
As with many military ceremonies those in attendance welcomed Erickson as a new member of the team and bid farewell, recognized and thanked Worden for his service.