/*********************************************** * Chrome CSS Drop Down Menu- (c) Dynamic Drive DHTML code library (www.dynamicdrive.com) * This notice MUST stay intact for legal use * Visit Dynamic Drive at http://www.dynamicdrive.com/ for full source code ***********************************************/
History
Minnesota National Guard
Red Bulls back on their home turf

By Mandy Moran Froemming on May 9, 2012 at 7:00 am

 "It feels good to be home"

Soldier

Spc Benjamin Vilina of East Bethel gets a good look at his nine-month-old son Aiden after getting off the bus in Anoka on Saturday While Vilina was not able to be by his wife Chelsea's side when Aiden was born, he was able to see his birth on Skype Vilina was able to make a trip home when Aiden was three months old to meet his son for the first time Vilina was part of the final wave of Red Bulls from the Minnesota National Guard's 1st Brigade Combat Team


Those were the resounding words from soldiers as the final wave of Red Bulls came home over the weekend

Members of the Minnesota National Guard's 1st Brigade Combat Team were delivered to Anoka's Goodrich Field on Saturday and Sunday, where they were reunited with anxiously waiting family and friends after a year-long deployment to the Middle East

The Patriot Guard and Anoka-Champlin Fire Department were also on hand to celebrate the solders' return Saturday's was the 10th group of Red Bulls to come home over the past couple of weeks The final group arrived Sunday

"I'm so happy my dad is home with us again," said Lauren Hoffman of Minnetonka She waited with her sister Jenna and mom Cindy to welcome home Maj Bruce Hoffman, when the bus loaded with Red Bulls pulled into Anoka Saturday morning

Spc Benjamin Vilina of East Bethel held his nine-month-old son Aiden high up in the air to get a good look at him, just moments after getting off the bus

While not able to be by his wife Chelsea's side when Aiden was born, Vilina was able to witness the birth via Skype

Saturday was not the first time he got to meet his son in person He was able to spend some time with his newly expanded family when Aiden was three months old

The 1st Brigade Combat Team was deployed as part of the drawdown of military presence in Iraq

"During this deployment, the brigade's mission included base management, convoy security, reaction forces and management of specialized units from the Army, Navy and Coast Guard," said Army Maj Paul D Rickert, public affairs officer for the 1st Brigade Combat Team

"The brigade drove 28 million miles and escorted 27,000 trucks during 1,200 missions prior to the last US military convoy departing Iraq"

Rickert said this was the largest deployment of the Minnesota National Guard since World War II and the Red Bulls are known for having served the longest tour of duty in Iraq of any military unit, active or reserve, during the surge in 2007
Article source
http://kstp.com/news/stories/S2607912.shtml?cat=1



Articles archive

In The News archive

Media Advisory archive

Latest News

Mission Complete: Bearcats Finish NATO Exercise in Lithuania's Suwalki Gap

Posted: 2017-06-23  02:56 PM
Air Assault Saber Strike PABRADE, Lithuania - At the sound of 17 U.S. Army rotary wing aircraft humming through the air, Soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard's 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry, in addition to Service members of five NATO Allied countries, load onto Black Hawk, Chinook and Apache helicopters, at Kazlu Ruda airstrip during the Saber Strike exercise, June 17, 2017. The multinational effort came together to conduct an air and ground assault in the Suwalki Gap to demonstrate the nations' capability to respond to any hostile act of a potential adversary.

"You could tell on everyone's faces that this was go time," said Sgt. Derrick Bruestle, a team leader for 2-136th CAB, also known as the Bearcats. "It wasn't just a training exercise to them anymore, it was a serious mission with real implications on the real world."

The magnitude of the exercise set in as the first bird lifted off the airstrip and started moving toward the objective in a staggered formation. Saber Strike is a U.S. Army Europe-led NATO exercise meant to exhibit a strengthened partnership of the military assets of the NATO Alliance.



Beyond NATO Commitments, MN State Partnership with Croatia Continues to Grow

Posted: 2017-06-22  10:25 AM
Saber Strike SPP PABRADE, Lithuania - Since 1996, the Minnesota National Guard and the Croatian Armed Forces have been partners in the National Guard's State Partnership Program. Beyond the bond of the NATO commitment, a mutual trust and unique bond has been forged amongst the warriors of each respective nation. From Camp Ripley to Karlovac, the soldiers have found a common cause of continuous improvement. Exercise after exercise, there has been a greater appreciation of one another's culture and customs.

You don't have to look to far to see this dynamic. When asked if he had ever worked with Minnesota National Guardsmen before, 1Lt Emanuel Hamer of the Croatian Armed Forces said, "This is my fourth time working with 2-136 "Bearcats," each time we grow closer and stronger. I feel like they are members of my unit. I'm glad I have this opportunity to learn new techniques and share some of our own with the Americans."



7 Nations, 4 Branches, 1 Mission; Saber Strike '17

Posted: 2017-06-20  02:14 PM
Saber Strike 17 PABRADE, Lithuania - As the sun begins to set on the Lithuanian countryside, the final touches are put on the camouflage netting designed to break the silhouette and conceal the position of the Tactical Action Center, or TAC, of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division on June 17, 2017. As part of the multinational exercise of Saber Strike '17, the 1/34th ABCT is providing support to the Air Assault Task Force Commander, Col. Charles Kemper.

As the first ever combined air and ground assault in the annual Saber Strike exercise, this year's exercise has set a milestone in testing the compatibility of seven nations and all military branches.

"We want to reassure all of our NATO Allies that we are in this together," said Kemper. "We're part of the team and we can demonstrate capability."



Minnesota Aviators complete successful eXportable Combat Training Capability exercise

Posted: 2017-06-20  08:30 AM
XCTC FORT HOOD, Texas - Soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard's 2-147th Assault Helicopter Battalion wrapped up support for an eXportable Combat Training Capability (XCTC) exercise at Fort Hood, Texas, recently. The unit was part of Task Force Ragnar, the exercise's aviation element, supporting the Tennessee National Guard's 278th Armored Calvary Regiment as they prepare for a rotation to the National Training Center in 2018.

"Our mission is to support a brigade element here," said Chief Warrant Officer 4 John Otremba, with the 2-147. "But I think our ultimate mission is to train for an austere environment which sets us up for success at NTC next year."

The task force conducted aviation support missions including air assault, sling load, deliberate attack, defensive positioning and key leader escorts. They also conducted aviation-specific training in personnel recovery, downed aircraft recovery, field maintenance and air traffic control operations.



Article archive
 
top