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45 Minn. National Guard Soldiers Returning Home

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Eighteen soldiers in Minnesota's Army National Guard are returning home on Veterans Day after being stationed overseas since last year. The other 27 soldiers from their company are scheduled to return next month.

The soldiers are with the 147th Human Resources Company. They've been stationed in Kuwait and Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

In December 2011, they assisted with the drawdown of thousands of soldiers who were returning home from Kuwait.

Army Sgt. 1st Class Ezra J. Schoenike is the supervisor for the group stationed in Kuwait. He says the soldiers received a number of accolades and commendations for their work.

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Posted: 2015-04-26  08:43 PM
Minnesota National Guard FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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ST. PAUL, Minn.- The Minnesota State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) called on the National Guard to deliver water for use in the disease containment effort as part of the state's response to avian influenza.

Thirty National Guard soldiers and 15 military water trucks from the Wilmar-based 682nd Engineer Battalion and the Brooklyn Park-based A Company, 134th Brigade Support Battalion will be used in the mission. Large amounts of water are needed in foaming systems being used as part of euthanasia efforts, which are in place to control further spread of avian influenza virus.

The Guard members are assigned to assist beginning Monday and will work through Wednesday as additional water transport resources are identified.



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Posted: 2015-04-24  04:07 PM
Minnesota National Guard FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 24, 2015

ST. PAUL, Minn.- Nearly 80 members of the 34th Combat Aviation Brigade's Headquarters Company and 2nd Battalion, 147th Assault Helicopter Battalion are returning home from a year-long deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom-Kuwait and Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq on Saturday morning.

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Posted: 2015-04-23  01:06 PM
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These winners will go on to represent the Army in the Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards Program later this year.

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Posted: 2015-04-22  11:15 AM
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