| 149 Minnesota National Guard soldiers scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CAMBRIDGE, Minn. - A departure ceremony is scheduled Sunday for 149 soldiers of the 850th Horizontal Engineer Company, Cambridge, Minn., who are deploying in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
"We have a very professional group of soldiers that are ready to respond to our nation's call," said Army Capt. Michael J. Thompson, 850th Horizontal Engineer company commander.
"I am very confident in these soldiers, as they are the most qualified soldiers to perform this mission," said Thompson. "Over the past few months we have trained hard and formed a strong bond where individuals can rely on each other for strength and mentorship."
"Our company is an engineer unit that will provide heavy equipment, hauling and maintenance support for several forward operating bases throughout Afghanistan," said Army 1st Sgt. Jeffry C. Taylor, 850th Horizontal Engineer Company 1st sergeant.
Members of the media and the general public are invited to attend the departure ceremony Sunday, March 3, at 3 p.m. at the Cambridge High School, 430 NW 8th Ave., Cambridge, Minn., 55008.
Members of the media are invited to arrive 45 minutes prior to the beginning of the ceremony. For more information on the 850th Horizontal Engineering Company, see attached fact sheet.
For more information on the Minnesota National Guard, visit www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 651-282-4410.
148th Fighter Wing Security Forces Conduct Winter Training
Posted: 2014-03-09 12:00 AM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn.- With winter winds blowing steady, and wind chills hovering at 30 degrees below zero, 21 members of the 148th Security Forces Squadron (SFS) took over parts of Camp Ripley, Minn., in a four-day combined drill. Led by Capt. John Christenson and Chief Master Sgt. Ryan Gunderson, the Airman of the 148th SFS took part in advanced weapons and tactics skills training while utilizing state-of-the-art weapons and vehicle simulators, as well as a large assault village.
During the period of Feb. 27 - March 2, the teams of the 148th SFS arrived at Camp Ripley and went straight into simulated combat using the Engagement Skills Trainer (EST 2000). Individual and squad weapons simulators allowed the members to work using M4 assault rifles and M249 Squad Automatic Weapons, overcoming combat situations as a team and handling law enforcement "shoot, don't shoot" scenarios. The group then spent two days working in the bitter, winter weather at the Combined Collective Training Facility (CACTF), a mock city set up to simulate any and all building configurations.
Social media offers many benefits, but Guard members must remain aware of its risks
Posted: 2014-03-06 10:10 AM
ARLINGTON, Va., (3/6/2014) - The use of social media has made it easier for many to stay connected to friends and family. It often provides the opportunities to give near instant communications via text or images and can help ease stresses when Service members are deployed. The benefits of social media are nearly endless and often far reaching.
"Social media spreads news faster than any other media," said Chief Master Sgt. Mitchell Brush, the senior enlisted advisor for the chief, National Guard Bureau, on his Facebook page, adding "it empowers us to effect change and do good on a community, state, national or even international level."
133rd Airlift Wings Snow Birds Fly South for a Training Exercise
Posted: 2014-03-06 05:06 AM
Yuma, Ariz.- Airmen from the 109th Airlift Squadron and 133rd Airlift Wing make use of warmer temperatures to accomplish six-months of airdrops and other annual training requirements in a six-day time period in Yuma, Ariz., during Mar., 1, 2014.
The training provided a wide range of unique challenges that can't be reproduced in Minnesota. For the flight crews, the skies over Yuma Proving Grounds introduced unfamiliar terrain and high aircraft traffic volume. For the traditional Airmen, they were exposed to training beyond the normal Unit Training Assembly weekend. In addition, the newer Airmen had to adapt to the quick turnaround between the day and evening flights.