| 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.
Minnesota DNR and National Guard combat wildfires
Posted: 2015-05-29 08:48 AM
With a Department of Natural Resources Air Attack operator in a helicopter pointing out the targets, two Minnesota Army National Guard Black Hawk helicopters assaulted a series of controlled grass fires this month at Camp Ripley.
The DNR and the National Guard have been training together with live fires since 2001, but for the first time a DNR Enforcement helicopter is being used to direct the Black Hawks to their targets. The DNR helicopter is ideal for serving as an aerial supervision platform, guiding the Black Hawks.
"This cooperative effort is an excellent example of a partnership designed to improve firefighting efficiencies, as well as contain air support costs," said Capt. Tom Buker, DNR Enforcement Division chief pilot.
Camp Ripley sets the stage for major training exercise
Posted: 2015-05-28 12:33 PM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - Soldiers of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, are taking part in a mass training exercise integrated with the Army's eXportable Combat Training Capabilities from May 15, 2015 through Aug. 18.
"The exercises organized by First Army are to help prepare units for rotations at major training centers to ensure mission readiness," said Capt. Brett Farniok, projects officer at Camp Ripley.
The eXportable Combat Training Capabilities, or XCTC, program provides soldiers with an experience similar to real-life missions. XCTC is a command and control as well as a field-training instrument designed to certify proficiencies in specific tasks.
Minnesota's 133rd Airlift Wing Practices Precision Cargo Drops
Posted: 2015-05-25 09:30 AM
In a nation struggling with war fatigue, it's important to pause on Memorial Day and recognize the Minnesotans still answering their country's call: men and women who leave their jobs and families to put on a military uniform.
Few military units have seen more activations and deployments since 9/11 than Minnesota's 133rd Airlift Wing -- its 1,200 members are essential to moving supplies and soldiers to wherever they're needed.
On part of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport where few civilian passengers step, families feel the anxiety of separation as they say goodbye again to air crew flying far, far away.
Minnesota National Guard and central Minnesota communities honor Memorial Day together
Posted: 2015-05-22 11:44 AM
CAMP RIPLEY - Garrison staff of Camp Ripley and other members of the Minnesota National Guard will take part in events this weekend honoring those who died in service to the United States.
"As members of the local community, we are honored to participate in Memorial Day events," said Lt. Col. Chad Sackett, deputy garrison commander at Camp Ripley. "It is right and fitting that we recognize and honor the service and sacrifice of those who died in service to our nation."
Minnesota National Guard members are speaking at events throughout the Memorial Day weekend. For those interested in attending a Memorial Day ceremony, here are a few of the listings for central Minnesota: