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Minnesota National Guard Honors Black History Month

Black History is American History The history of Black Americans in the Minnesota National Guard is influenced by a larger history of Black Americans in the United States

Through the course of our American history, Black Americans have endured racism and social injustice in all aspects of life However, Black Americans have continually volunteered and fought bravely in service to the nation

Black Americans fought for the freedom of the United States as early as the formation of the country In the Revolutionary war, both slaves and free Blacks fought for the Continental Army when General George Washington lifted the ban on black enlistment in 1776 In the American Civil War, Black Americans continued to face discrimination and continued to serve Even through obstacles of less-equipped, segregated units, and reduced pay, Black Americans led some of the most noteworthy campaigns of the war

Following the Civil War, Black Americans continued to serve through hardships from their fellow troops in wars including the Indian Wars, the Spanish-American War, World War I, and World War II Through these wars, famous Black Units fought bravely and made names for themselves Among these troops are the Buffalo Soldiers who led the across the Great Plains in the Indian Wars, and the Tuskegee Airmen who fought in World War II as the 332d Fighter Group of the US Army Air Corps

In 1948, President Harry Truman ordered the integration and equal opportunity of all troops, however segregation carried on into the Korean War

Today, Black Americans serve in many capacities in the Minnesota National Guard as well as the United States Military Though Black Guardsmen face challenges created by our nation's history, they continually work with all other races in the Guard to ensure that the only colors of the Soldiers and Airmen of our organization are green and blue

By Cpl Joe Roos, Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs
2/8/07


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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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