| 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 US 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
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"The Soldiers are motivated, trained and ready for their upcoming mission. We will contract for the necessary services and supplies to support the warfighter," said to Lt. Col. Michael Lange, the team commander.
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Posted: 2017-01-13 01:54 PM
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"2017 marks a historic year for the Red Bulls as we begin celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 34th Infantry Division," said Maj. Gen. Richard C. Nash, Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard. The Division, then known as the "Sandstorm Division," was created in 1917 from National Guard troops of Minnesota, Iowa, the Dakotas and Nebraska.
Jensen is the second native of Council Bluffs, Iowa, to hold the position and joins a long line of commanders who have led the Division through both of the World Wars up to the current Global War on Terrorism.
Military, Civilian Response Agencies Train for Super Bowl 2018
Posted: 2017-01-12 09:34 AM
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The 203-person CERFP conducts command and control, search and extraction, decontamination and medical operations to assist civil authorities in providing disaster response. It is comprised of Soldiers from the 84th Troop Command, 682nd Engineer Battalion and 434th Chemical Company, and Airmen from the 133rd Airlift Wing Medical Group.
This was the second joint training exercise the CERFP and MN Task Force One have conducted together, said Maj. Ryan Cochran, the Deputy Commander of the Minnesota CERFP.
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Posted: 2017-01-11 01:21 PM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - The contingent of soldiers and airmen from the Minnesota National Guard preparing for the annual U.S.-Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange assembled for their first formal training event Saturday and Sunday at Camp Ripley Training Center.
The preparatory drill weekend, which took place one month before 103 members of the Minnesota National Guard embark to Norway as part of the "away team" for the two-week military and cultural exchange event, was held to provide information on the exchange and, more importantly, allow an opportunity for these service members from units across the state to come together as one team.
"It's a good opportunity to meet people from diverse backgrounds in an accelerated environment," said Army Sgt. 1st Class David Wentzel, with the 1st Battalion, 125th Field Artillery. "This experience is what they're going to make of it, and they're making the most of it."