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Minnesota Cavalry Demonstrates Versatility as an Operational Force

Minnesota National Guard CAMP RIPLEY, Minn – Troopers of Charlie Troop, 1st Squadron, 94th Cavalry, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team formed up to train on response tactics and qualify for the State National Guard Reaction Force certification Aug 23, 2013

“It’s really important training, we’ve reinforced our skills in order to be more proficient at tasks for combat and non-combat missions,” said Spc Zach Lindberg, Bradley Driver for C Troop, 1-94 Cavalry

Many of the Troopers of 1-94 Cavalry have experienced deployments as well as state activations in response to disasters and disturbances during their careers The skills learned during these experiences allow a dedicated, professional force to conduct operations in any environment

“As scouts we are adaptable to take on any job in the field and execute with the use of our special skill set in a professional manner,” said 2nd Lt Supuwuo Roberts of 2nd platoon

Soldier readiness and special skill knowledge are two of many priorities of the Minnesota Army National Guard ensuring a safe and effective response to federal, state and community missions  This demonstrates the role as a multi-functional, multi-use element which is based on an all-encompassing skill set unique to the modern American cavalry unit

“The Noncommissioned Officer Corps of our units has a great deal of experience which is being passed down to our young Soldiers who they have taken under their wing,” said Capt T Christopher Zdon

1st Squadron, 94th Cavalry, validated their role as the response unit for State National Guard Reaction Force North Their mission is to ensure a safe and secure environment for the community while maintaining readiness as a fighting unit if activated for a deployment

Aug 23, 2013
Story and photos by Staff Sgt Anthony Housey
Camp Ripley Public Affairs



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