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"Our objective is to provide a better understanding of how to obtain Joint Air Support for Army targets," said Col Jon Howerton, 5th BCD Commander Using a combination of large group classes and working groups to bring the division team together, the BCD familiarized the training audience on how to best integrate joint air power into the ground scheme of maneuver The BCD highlighted process requirements the division would need to use during the exercise environment as it transitions away from counterinsurgency operations
"This is an exercise on how to integrate the Air Force into the Army scheme of maneuver," said US Air Force Maj Scott Sylvester "We are translators The Army talks to us and tells us what they need and we translate that to our Air Force guys as well as the reverse," said Maj Hans Lienke According to Lt Robert Steiner, "A large benefit of this training is building relationships Any time there is an opportunity for training with the 34th, even if it is not for us, we like to go to maintain that relationship"
The 34th Infantry Division enthusiastically welcomed the warfighting challenges required by the shift in operational requirements Lt Col Jim Cudney, Operations Officer, 115th Fires Brigade, said, "The conference gave us a clear understanding of how to more effectively integrate the brigade's fires in a joint environment to meet the division commander's intent We now have a better appreciation of the importance of articulating our airspace requirements into the joint systems in order to apply the full weight of our weapons systems against enemy forces"
"The training we conducted this weekend taught us how the flow of work goes from the initial Joe on the ground requesting air support all the way up to division requesting close air support It was teaching us the correct processes to request the support we need, said Sgt Maj Jeffrey Karna The training was productive, "it was a big eye opener to a lot of the sections on what they need to do that they didn't know they need to do Changes in technology allow us to do more electronically, but all of our systems from Lethal Fires, G3 Air and other sections need to tie together to get the final product out"
The 34th Infantry Division is preparing to participate in the biannual exercise to test the effectiveness and efficiency of the collaborative combat capabilities of joint and coalition forces in the Pacific Region The division will conduct operations jointly with the US Air Force, US Marines and US Navy, and combine with the Australian forces during the exercise This year's exercise continues to take on greater importance as the US shifts its focus into the Asia-Pacific The 34th Division's hosting of the 5th BCD reflects their commitment to training opportunities and building partnerships within the Pacific
Jan 13, 2013
By Maj Eric Greek, 5th BCD Public Affairs and
Master Sgt Daniel Ewer, 34th ID Public Affairs
Posted: 2017-04-19 02:15 PM CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - It was a challenging and rewarding two weeks for members attending the Army National Guard Funeral Honors Instructor Course, April 1-14, at Camp Ripley.
Soldiers of National Guard units from all over the United States took part in the course designed to educate team leaders in a variety of funeral honor detail tasks, traditions and responsibilities.
"It's a stressful course, but for our job, we have to be prepared to do our job under stress; and we all really benefitted from that," said Class Honor Grad, Sgt. Ryan Valline of the 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry.
Posted: 2017-04-18 01:42 PM ROSEMOUNT, Minn. - The Soldiers of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division had a unique opportunity to speak with one of the U.S. Army's five Muslim chaplains April 7-10, 2017. U.S. Army Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Khallid Shabazz, I Corps deputy command chaplain, travelled from Fort Lewis, Washington, to Minnesota to provide professional development for the division chaplain section.
"Soldiers perform at a higher level when they are spiritually fit," said Minnesota National Guard Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Buddy Winn, the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division command chaplain. "And, it's our job as chaplains to make sure Soldiers have their spiritual needs met, regardless of faith. Having Chaplain Shabazz here as a Muslim Chaplain provides the diversity in religious background that we can't provide internally."
There are five major religions supported by the chaplaincy: Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist, but over 200 religions are recognized. Chaplains can only perform services for their particular religion, but they can provide support for all Soldiers, regardless of their faith.
Posted: 2017-04-14 04:25 PM ST. PAUL, Minn. - For the third consecutive year, Minnesota service members were honored with on-court recognition and other VIP treatments as part of the Minnesota Timberwolves Heroes of the Pack Program.
"We are very appreciative for what the military does for us, and we wanted to give something back to honor the military," said Roger McCabe, who along with wife, Nancy, is a driving force behind the recognitions through the FastBreak Foundation and Roger & Nancy McCabe Foundation. "This is our way of doing it."
Having lived through the Vietnam War - and with Roger and Nancy both having parents who served - the two philanthropists decided a few years back to build upon existing recognition efforts already underway by the Timberwolves. And with that, recognitions that were typically happening at Target Center in November expanded to include Minnesota Service members from all branches at every home game - a total of 41 honorees per season.
"It was a lot of work and lessons learned, but it was awesome seeing the completed product," said Sgt. 1st Class Brian Reiten, readiness non-commissioned officer for C Co., 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry.