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Nisswa man named to Ripley's Court of Honor

Posted: June 27, 2012 - 10:22pm

Lt. Col. (retired) Jay Beebe of Nisswa was named to the Court of Honor at Camp Ripley last fall

Beebe’s military service began when he enlisted in the Minnesota Army National Guard in June of 1950 as a private, with the 115th Tank Company In September of that year he was transferred to HHC, 194th Tank Company, 47th Infantry Division, Brainerd In December of 1950 he was activated as part of the 47th Infantry Division and stationed at Fort Rucker, Ala

His period of active duty was from Jan 16, 1951 to Sept 21, 1952 He then returned to Minnesota National Guard’s 194th Tank Battalion

He served in various enlisted positions in the Tank Battalion He was then assigned as platoon leader, Co D, 1st Medium Tank Battalion (Patton), 194th Armor, Crosby, and later assigned as company commander of the unit (as a first lieutenant) He then transferred to HHC 194th Tank Battalion, Brainerd, and served as a RECON platoon leader Subsequently he accepted a technician position at Camp Ripley and was transferred to the 47th S&T Battalion and served in various positions His next assignment was with the 47th Finance Company, responsible for payroll checks for members of the Minnesota Army National Guard After his retirement in 1989, during the Gulf War, he was again called to active duty and stationed at Fort Lee, Va He was later released and returned to Ready Reserve after four months

In addition to Beebe’s military career, he also was and continues to be involved and very active in his community and his church, Zion Lutheran in Brainerd He has served since the 1970s with Troop 47 and the Viking Council of the Boy Scouts of America For that he was honored in 1980 with the Scholar of the Year Award and in 1984, the Silver Beaver Scouting Award for volunteering his time

He remains active with the Minnesota State Veteran’s Cemetery Board, an early member who assisted with the planning and fundraising to purchase the property and build the initial building

He served as honorary colonel of the 194th Tank Regiment and remains very active yet today He is also a member of the Elks Lodge, VFW Men’s Auxiliary, Crow Wing County Historical Society, National Guard Enlisted and Officer Associations Served as Chairman for the Crow Wing County All Veterans Memorial and assisted with the design and fundraising

In Florida, where he winters, he belongs to the Adopt a Family Organization, raising funds to assist six under-privileged families each Christmas with food, clothing and toys He is a member of the Yellow Ribbon Program in the Brainerd area and assisted with many of their programs since their inception He also coached Little League Baseball for 10 years

One of Beebe’s lifetime commitments over the past 50-plus years has been to the American Legion serving in officer positions up to post commander
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Minnesota Guardsmen learn survival skills, train with Norwegian counterparts

Posted: 2018-07-03  01:36 PM
NOREX 45 Over the course of 10 days, 100 Soldiers and Airmen from the Minnesota National Guard who traveled to Norway June 17-26, 2018, for the 45th Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange learned valuable survival skills and shared their knowledge with members of the Norwegian Home Guard. This year's exchange was the second to take place during the summer months in the history of the longest-running military partnership between two nations.

"It was a great experience for both the Minnesota National Guard and the Norwegian Home Guard," said Capt. 'Kiwi' HorgA�ien, the senior Norwegian instructor. "A cultural exchange, a social exchange and military exchange all packed into one."

The 45th exchange got off to a late start, with flight delays causing the trip to be shortened from its normal length of two weeks. The delay meant that the Minnesota Guardsmen jumped right into training, heading out to the field after just a few hours of sleep.

133rd Airlift Wing Emphasizes Combat Readiness Training

Posted: 2018-06-29  10:48 AM
Alpena ALPENA, Michigan - Approximately 300 U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 133rd Airlift Wing participated in a readiness exercise at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Alpena, Mich.

The exercise, tagged as Iron Ore, was designed test the Airmen abilities to set up operations at an unfamiliar location and receive in depth training on Ability-To-Survive and Operate (ATSO) principles while supporting airlift and aeromedical flight operations.

To ensure mission success and readiness, Airmen had to complete training at home station prior to leaving for Alpena. Some of this training included weapons qualification, gas mask fit testing, Mission Oriented Protective Posture (MOPP) familiarization, self-aid and buddy care and career field training.

Red Bulls Kickoff Division Warfighter

Posted: 2018-06-13  01:38 PM
DIV WFX CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. - "A Warfighter is an exercise that allows the Division to evaluate their ability to maneuver assets in a battle," said Master Sgt. Greg Weaver, the Operations Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge for the Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion. "It is designed to focus on particular areas and specific objectives to be evaluated or tested."

The Division has geared its' planning and training efforts in preparation for Warfighter since July 2017. Coordinating transportation for Soldiers and equipment was often on the mind of Maj. David Johansson, the logistics officer for the 34th ID. With the coordination of Johansson and his team, troops and equipment all converged on Camp Atterbury, enlisting the help of 89 railcars, 280 tractor-trailers, and nearly 50 buses for the movement.

"I like to say my job is to 'quiet the noise'". Johansson continued, "The noise being a real life logistical problem that could impede the exercise."

Minnesota-based aviation unit takes part in Warfighter Exercise

Posted: 2018-06-08  11:59 AM
34ECAB WFX CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. - More than 150 Soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade are here participating in a multi-echelon training event, Warfighter Exercise 18-5, May 30 to June 15.

The exercise, which is part live and part virtual, is testing the St. Paul, Minnesota-based aviation unit's ability to conduct operations and mission command in a high-intensity, complex operating environment. Soldiers are being challenged to take decisive action as they focus on air-ground operations -- or synchronizing and integrating aviation operations into the scheme of maneuver planned and conducted by forces on the ground.

In this case, the units on the ground are being commanded by the Rosemount, Minnesota-based 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, which is also participating in the exercise.

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