/*********************************************** * Chrome CSS Drop Down Menu- (c) Dynamic Drive DHTML code library (www.dynamicdrive.com) * This notice MUST stay intact for legal use * Visit Dynamic Drive at http://www.dynamicdrive.com/ for full source code ***********************************************/
History
Minnesota National Guard
Combat Survival Training sets up Airmen for Success

Minnesota National Guard Arden Hills, Minn- -- More than 45 Airmen from the 133rd Airlift Wing, 109th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron and the 109th Airlift Squadron took part in combat and water survival training at the Arden Hills Army Training Site (AHATS), here June 16-19, 2013

This year's three-day training consisted of classroom instruction, but a large amount of it was hands-on intense field training The classroom portion was led by a Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape instructor who educated the Airmen on various aspects which included GPS, compass, map reading skills, safety flare operation, as well as instruction and use of survival radios They even received an intelligence briefing

"Our goal was to provide a scenario that was realistic to the troops containing things that could and may occur overseas," said Maj Erik Snedker, an intelligence officer for the 133rd Airlift Wing "By bringing in the intelligence factor we can bring them a type of training that helps them gain more from it"

Day one and three consisted of water survival training for the Airmen, in which they donned their life preservers to enter the water and swim towards a life raft They boarded the rafts and were instructed on the proper use and deployment of smoke and signal flares as well as instruction on how to escape from beneath a parachute

The training on day two consisted of an intense land survival scenario in which members of the 133rd Security Forces Squadron played the role of enemy captors They hijacked the incoming convoy transporting the Airmen Once captured, they were brought to holding cells where they were secured and left to try to escape towards safety The captured Airmen had to work together as a team to free themselves and evade the captors Once their escape was achieved they faced another challenge, in which they had to utilize their navigation skills to arrive at their check points

"An exciting and key portion to this year's training was the integration of the Army Black Hawk helicopters and making this a joint mission," said Snedker "Not only was this excellent training for us but it allowed the Army to get in the training they needed as well"

Members of the Red Bulls, from the Army National Guard out of St Paul played a huge roll in this year's exercise These Soldiers assisted with the final portion of the land survival training by picking up the Airmen from their checkpoints and bringing them back to the safety of their base camp They also demonstrated proper use of the aerial rescue equipment within the Black Hawk

"At the end of the day we are all on one team, whether it's Air Force or Army," said Senior Master Sgt Aaron Siek, the NCO in charge of the exercise "We are all deployed together and the more face to face time we have here, integrating these joint training exercises, the better off we will be in the future"

June 19, 2013
by Airman 1st Class Kari Giles
133rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs



Download photos





Articles archive

In The News archive

Media Advisory archive

Latest News

Red Bulls Kickoff Division Warfighter

Posted: 2018-06-13  01:38 PM
DIV WFX CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. - "A Warfighter is an exercise that allows the Division to evaluate their ability to maneuver assets in a battle," said Master Sgt. Greg Weaver, the Operations Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge for the Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion. "It is designed to focus on particular areas and specific objectives to be evaluated or tested."

The Division has geared its' planning and training efforts in preparation for Warfighter since July 2017. Coordinating transportation for Soldiers and equipment was often on the mind of Maj. David Johansson, the logistics officer for the 34th ID. With the coordination of Johansson and his team, troops and equipment all converged on Camp Atterbury, enlisting the help of 89 railcars, 280 tractor-trailers, and nearly 50 buses for the movement.

"I like to say my job is to 'quiet the noise'". Johansson continued, "The noise being a real life logistical problem that could impede the exercise."



Minnesota-based aviation unit takes part in Warfighter Exercise

Posted: 2018-06-08  11:59 AM
34ECAB WFX CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. - More than 150 Soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade are here participating in a multi-echelon training event, Warfighter Exercise 18-5, May 30 to June 15.

The exercise, which is part live and part virtual, is testing the St. Paul, Minnesota-based aviation unit's ability to conduct operations and mission command in a high-intensity, complex operating environment. Soldiers are being challenged to take decisive action as they focus on air-ground operations -- or synchronizing and integrating aviation operations into the scheme of maneuver planned and conducted by forces on the ground.

In this case, the units on the ground are being commanded by the Rosemount, Minnesota-based 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, which is also participating in the exercise.



148th Fighter Wing hosts STEM program for Duluth-area students

Posted: 2018-06-05  08:52 AM
Starbase Duluth DULUTH, Minn. - Dozens of community and industry leaders passionate about helping children become more engaged in science, technology, engineering and math gathered at the 148th Fighter Wing in Duluth, Minn., May 24, 2018, to see what STARBASE Minnesota Duluth is doing for young students in the area.

STARBASE is a Department of Defense youth program that engages students in STEM studies. The program began in 1991, and STARBASE Minnesota was founded in 1993 in St. Paul, which expanded to Duluth in July 2017.

Currently, the school program is open to fifth-grade students, said Charity S. Rupp, the director of STARBASE Minnesota Duluth. The summer camp will serve students in 4-6th grade. Eventually, she hopes the program will expand into STARBASE 2.0 to serve middle school students as an after school program during the academic school year.



Minnesota National Guard leaders visit traveling tribute in Austin

Posted: 2018-05-22  10:16 AM
Traveling Wall AUSTIN, Minn. - A replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was on display May 16-20, in Austin and leaders of the 347th Regional Support Group took the opportunity to visit during the event's closing ceremony.

The display, dubbed the American Veterans Traveling Tribute, was hosted by Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Austin and featured a near-replica of the memorial in Washington, D.C.

"It was an honor to be part of this humbling and moving tribute to our Vietnam veterans," said Col. Stephen Schemenauer. "The traveling Vietnam Wall is a powerful display, and this event provided an opportunity to meet, and thank, service members from WWII to present-day conflicts. Regardless of their branch of service, or the era or conflict in which they served, we all share a common bond."



Article archive
 
top