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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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Minnesota and Iowa UAS operators train together at Camp Ripley

Posted: 2016-02-10  02:18 PM
Iowa UAS CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - Soldiers of the Iowa National Guard's Special Troops Battalion visited Camp Ripley, Feb. 8-13 to train in Unmanned Aerial Systems.

Operators and technicians of Company B, Brigade Special Troops Battalion a part of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division conducted training along with Minnesota "Redbulls" in order to meet mandatory requirements for UAS operation.

"It's an annual requirement, we have to maintain a certain amount of flight time in order to stay certified," said Staff Sgt. Francisco Hernandez, group leader.



Minnesota State Patrol Trooper Academy continues on Camp Ripley

Posted: 2016-02-03  11:48 AM
State Patrol CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - The Minnesota State Patrol began its 57th Trooper Academy Jan. 25 at Camp Ripley.

"Our first training school was held on Camp Ripley from May to July of 1931," said Lt. Eric Barthel, training academy officer.

Since its creation on April 24, 1929, the Minnesota State Patrol has maintained a presence of state law enforcement officers on Minnesota highways. They became ambassadors of "good will" to let people see them, get acquainted with them and to enforce the provisions of the law.



Internet scams and impersonation

Posted: 2016-01-29  01:22 PM
The Army Criminal Investigation Command receives hundreds of allegations a month from victims who state they got involved in an online relationship with someone, on a legitimate dating website or other social media website, who claims to be a U.S. Soldier. The "Soldier" then begins asking for money for various false service-related needs such as transportation costs, communication fees, marriage, processing and medical fees. Victims of these online scams have lost tens of thousands of dollars, with a very low possibility of recovery.

The U.S. has established numerous task force organizations to deal with this growing epidemic; unfortunately, many times the people committing these scams are from foreign countries using untraceable email addresses, routing accounts through numerous locations around the world and utilizing pay per hour Internet cyber cafes, which often times maintain no accountability of use.



'Minnesota Nice' Makes Wounded Airman Feel at Home

Posted: 2016-01-28  01:50 PM
Wounded Airman ST. PAUL, Minn. - During a 2013 deployment in Afghanistan, Staff Sgt. Taylor Savage was in a vehicle hit by an Improvised Explosive Device. She suffered extensive life-threatening injuries and has undergone multiple surgeries.

Savage arrived in Minnesota last fall for the reconstruction of her pelvis at Hennepin County Medical Center. She and her mother stayed at the hospital several weeks and then moved to a hotel near the Mall of America to recover from the surgery before being cleared to leave Minnesota.

Minnesota military members and Minnesotans around the metro took it upon themselves to make this wounded Airman feel at home during her recovery.



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