| Emmy for AU instructor
An Air Force Officer Training School instructor from the Iowa Air National Guard has won an Emmy for videography in Afghanistan.
Capt. Peter Shinn was a key part of the team that put together “Iowa Soldiers Remember Afghanistan,” which aired on Iowa Public Television on Veterans Day in 2011. The program won the 2012 Emmy for best Military Program in the Upper Midwest Region.
The program, produced by David Miller, chronicled the 2010-2011 deployment of Iowa National Guardsmen with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team and 734th Agribusiness Development Team and documented their feelings about the deployment after returning home.
Shinn served as the ADT’s public affairs officer, producing the on-location portions of the program and providing Miller with footage of the team’s work in Afghanistan.
“Captain Shinn was integral to this production,” Miller said. “Without his video of the 734th ADT, I would not have been able to properly tell the story about Iowans serving in Afghanistan.”
The Army general who commanded the ADT also praised Shinn’s work.
“Captain Shinn told the ADT story superbly,” said Brig. Gen. Craig Bargfrede, who now is the assistant adjutant general for the Minnesota National Guard. “I’m not surprised to hear he won this award.”
Shinn reacted to news of his Emmy by lauding the Soldiers and Airmen of the Iowa National Guard with whom he served in Afghanistan.
“‘Iowa Soldiers’ was about the men and women of the ADT,” Shinn said. “They risked their lives every day to improve conditions for ordinary Afghans, and the real honor was working with them.”
Shinn is a student squadron commander at OTS on Maxwell. In addition to leading young men and women through their training to earn a commission, he actively participates in the professional development of his fellow staff and faculty at the Air University.
According to the U.S. Army website, the Army National Guard has employed the Agribusiness Development Team concept successfully in Central America for approximately 20 years. The National Guard Bureau completed significant planning to transfer this successful model to Afghanistan.
Composed of citizen-soldiers with farming and agribusiness expertise, team members put themselves in harm’s way to offer practical training and advice to Afghan universities, provincial ministries and local farmers. Through daily community engagement, the teams helped improve Afghan farming practices, leading to more sustainable food production.
Col. Edward Vaughan
Air University Air National Guard Advisor
Maxwell Gunter Dispatch
Norwegian Home Guard gets inter-agency training
Posted: 2015-02-25 03:15 PM
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"The training conducted by the Norwegian Rapid Reaction Force, or RRF, is based on the National Guard's focus of inter-agency cooperation in time of need," said Lt. Col. Bryce Erickson of the Minnesota National Guard.
The training was organized as part of the American-Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange; which is in its 42nd consecutive year between the Minnesota National Guard and the Norwegian Home Guard.
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Posted: 2015-02-24 10:14 AM
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The U.S. Service members, along with their Norwegian counterparts, completed a 12-mile trek on skis through mountainous terrain, as well as a reconnaissance of the Jorstad bridge and simulated demolition using signal flares. The field training exercise concluded, February 19, 2015, with a ceremony in honor of those who destroyed the bridge to stop the movement of German troops through Norway and a wreath-laying in memory of the 80 people who perished, January 13, 1945, when a train derailed into the icy water several hours after the demolition.
148th Fighter Wing 1st Sgt. Assists in Saving a Life
Posted: 2015-02-23 11:06 AM
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As a member of the volunteer fire department and a first responder, Twining and the rest of the Rice Lake Fire Department team are often the first emergency response personnel to get to a scene. Twining estimates that 80 percent of their calls are for medical emergencies.
On Jan. 7, 2015, Twining and other members of the fire department responded to a call for help at a local business establishment. Upon their arrival, a male in his mid-fifties was collapsing from a heart attack. After a quick medical assessment, Twining and other team members set up a defibrillator and began to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
Sentry Savannah brings Minnesota brothers together
Posted: 2015-02-20 10:41 AM
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Staff Sgt. Michael Sirois, Senior Airman Patrick Sirois and Airman 1st Class Nicholas Sirois are F-16 Fighting Falcon crew chiefs with the 148th Fighter Wing, Duluth, Minn. and are participating in the 2015 Sentry Savannah 15-1 training exercise taking place Feb. 7-20 in Savannah, Ga.
Nicholas just got back from Crew Chief Technical School in July 2014 and Sentry Savannah was the first deployment the brothers had an opportunity to go on together.