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"Today, our newest non-commissioned officers will affirm their commitment to the professionalism of our Corps, and become a part of the backbone of the Army," declared 1st Sgt Justin Meyer, of Charlie Company, 1/34th BSTB
The figurative 'crossing the line' from Soldier to NCO is a time-honored tradition which can be traced back to the Army of Fredrick the Great Historically, a Soldier was to stand four watches before he could cross the line and join the Corps of the NCO
"Today we commemorate this rite of passage as a celebration of the newly promoted who are joining the ranks of professionals in the non-commissioned officer corps We emphasize and build on the pride we all share as members of such an elite corps," said Staff Sgt John Indrehus, emcee for the event
Official party members for the event consisted of Command Sgt Maj John Lepowski, of the 1/34th Armored Brigade Combat Team and Command Sgt Maj Joseph Hjelmstad of the 1/34th BSTB Each individual company of the battalion also had representation 1st Sgt William Potts of Headquarters, Headquarters Company 1/34th ABCT; and from the 1/34th BSTB, 1st Sgt Rick Lindner of HHC; 1st Sgt David Denton of Alpha Company, 1st Sgt Richart Eggert of Bravo Company; and 1st Sgt Justin Meyer of Charlie Company
Each of these first sergeants presented Soldiers from their respective companies to Command Sgt Maj Hjelmstad so that they could, with the support of a sponsoring NCO in attendance, cross the figurative line and become a true non-commissioned officer
Ready to assume the duties and responsibilities of the non-commissioned officer; ready to always lead by example and lead from the front; the inductees all raised their right hands to swear to the charge of the NCO
"In so doing, I will fulfill my greatest obligation as a leader and thereby confirm my status as a Noncommissioned Officer"
September 5, 2013 by Spc Linsey Williams
1st Armored Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
Posted: 2017-03-10 08:50 AM LITCHFIELD, Minn. -Bruce Cottington, a Navy veteran of WWII and Korea, donated a bronze bust of Gen. John W. Vessey, Jr. to the Litchfield National Guard unit during the armory's public open house event March 4. Cottington, a Litchfield resident, commands the Minnesota Chapter of the Veterans of Underage Military Service. VUMS members enlisted in the military prior to the minimum age requirement in order to serve their country during WWII. Cottington received the bust from Vessey, a fellow VUMS member. Both enlisted in the military at the age of 16.
The highlight of the 334th Brigade Engineer Battalion open house was the unveiling of the sculpture. The unit was very supportive when Cottington proposed donating the sculpture. The Litchfield community has always been very supportive of the National Guard over the years, so the open house was a chance to say 'thanks' to their neighbors. "This was a great opportunity to honor Bruce and to honor Gen. Vessey," said B Co., 334th Brigade Engineer Battalion Commander, Capt. Seth Goreham. Bravo Company also has a tight relationship with the local American Legion and VFW. Many Litchfield citizens are former members of Bravo Company, or the unit's predecessors A Co, 682nd Engineer Battalion, and the 849th Mobility Augmentation Company.
Posted: 2017-03-08 03:29 PM CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - The garrison command team of Camp Ripley, family, friends and colleagues from the Minnesota National Guard attended a Change of Responsibility ceremony between Command Sgt. Maj. Mike Worden and Command Sgt. Maj. Matt Erickson, March 5, 2017, at Camp Ripley.
The ceremony was an official "passing of the sword" from one senior noncommissioned officer to the next and assumption of the duties and responsibilities that go along with the position of Garrison Command Sergeant Major.
As with many military ceremonies those in attendance welcomed Erickson as a new member of the team and bid farewell, recognized and thanked Worden for his service.
Posted: 2017-02-22 09:59 AM CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - Norwegian youths Stian Dahl and Haavard Engen received the Camp Ripley Garrison Commander's coin from Col. Scott St Sauver February 19, 2017, in recognition for reacting to a vehicle accident they witnessed earlier that week.
As part of the U.S.-Norway Reciprocal Troop Exchange, Norwegian youths ages 19-20 are matched up with a host family in order to spend an evening experiencing American culture. In most situations the "Buddy Weekend" as it's called allows the youths to go shopping, attend events and have home-cook meals along with their host family.
"We are able to match up youth members with families all over the state," said Staff Sgt. Tim Krouth, Buddy Weekend organizer. "Lots of the families have hosted one or two of our Norwegian friends for several years in a row now, it a great way to relax and see some of Minnesota."
Posted: 2017-02-21 01:25 PM HALTDALEN, Norway - After two days at a base camp near Haltdalen, Norway, Minnesota National Guardsmen participating in the 44th Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange were ready for the most challenging aspect of their four-day field training exercise - a ski march up the mountain.
It was Day three of the FTX, meaning members of the 44th Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange had slowly adjusted to surviving and thriving while living in a winter environment and also honed their skills on cross country skills well enough to begin a climb that would take nearly three hours.
"Our goal was to get you to know how to use the winter, see how the Norwegians use the winter, and how we survive the winter so we can conduct combat," said Vidar Aune, one of several members of Home Guard 12 guiding the Minnesota National Guard Soldiers and Airmen during their training here. "By getting the experience living outside in the snow, you manage to survive it and handle it quite well."