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Lt. Col. Kruse becomes MNNG Deputy Chief of Staff - Logistics

CAMP RIPLEY, Minn  - On April 2, 2012 Lt Col Lowell Kruse accepted responsibility as the Minnesota National Guard Deputy Chief of Staff " Logistics from Col Shawn Kempenich


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The Deputy Chief of Staff - Logistics is responsible for the oversight of all logistical branches, including the Combined Support Maintenance Shop and Maneuver Area Training & Equipment Site at Camp Ripley and all Field Maintenance Shops in Minnesota

"There is a steep learning curve, but I am excited to learn the logistics business," said Kruse, who has served 23 years in the military

Kruse, who previously served as the Force Protection Manager for the Minnesota National Guard, said how excited he is about the opportunity and expressed his elation about the confidence the Minnesota National Guard leadership has in him

Kruse also serves as the 1st Battalion, 151st Field Artillery commander and will be transferring responsibility of the battalion to Lt Col Brian Pfarr on April 20, 2012

When asked about how he felt about leaving the battalion Kruse said, "It's a lot of change for me at once and it's bittersweet, but I know that I am leaving the Soldiers of the 1-151 Field Artillery in the hands of a great officer"

The change comes with Col Kempenich retiring after 35 years of service in the military

By 1st Lt Blake E St Sauver
Camp Ripley Public Affairs Officer
April 10, 2012




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