/*********************************************** * 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
Traditional Weapon Gets a New Twist

Minnesota National Guard CAMP RIPLEY, Minn- Soldiers from the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division attended classes on current operations of the M2 50-caliber machine gun, Nov 19, 2013

"The class is aimed to inform soldiers and leaders about the new features to the weapon," said Mr Brett Little, Small Arms NET instructor "The 'fifty cal' has been around for a long time, but new innovations allow Soldiers to operate the weapon safer and more effectively," added Little

The M2 50-caliber Heavy Barreled Machine Gun was designed by John M Browning at the request of Gen John Pershing towards the end of World War I for the use in engaging aircraft and armored vehicles The official adoption of the weapon by the US Military was in 1923 with slight modification for fixing the weapon to vehicles

"The M2 and its variants are used by every element of our military," said Staff Sgt Matthew Carkhuff, tank commander with the 2nd Combined Arms Battaion, 136th Infantry "Mounted on vehicles, carried by Infantry, fixed in aircraft or defending Naval Ships, it's a simple, effective weapon," he added

The new feature for the M2A1s is a quick change barrel kit for rapid, easy replacement of a barrel during combat The first versions of the quick change barrel were first developed during the 1970s and 1980s for changing out 'hot' barrels to continue firing Hot barrels can lead to misfires, cooked off rounds and inaccurate fire Every M2 heavy barrel weapon can be converted to a quick change barrel version with the replacement of only a few parts, including the barrel Barrel changes will allow the operator to continue engaging target while the other barrel cools off

Smaller caliber weapons used by the US Military are fixed with a quick change barrel option, both mounted and dismounted, for the same purpose Machine gun teams operating on the ground, away from a vehicle, rely on this feature to minimize damage to the weapon while on the move Whereas operation of the weapon does not change, constant drill and familiarization are conducted to reduce risk to the firer and increase combat effectiveness

"This is where our mission success starts, in the classroom," said Master Sgt Todd Martin, operations non-commissioned officer for Camp Ripley

Following this training each Soldier will go back to their unit and initiate similar training based on the information they learned during class This will allow leaders to apply the material to their specific vehicles or mission

November 20, 2013
by Staff Sgt Anthony Housey
Camp Ripley Public Affairs



Download photos





Articles archive

In The News archive

Media Advisory archive

Latest News

Governor Mark Dayton installs new Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General

Posted: 2017-11-04  04:16 PM
TAG installation ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton administered the oath of office to Maj. Gen. Jon A. Jensen, installing him as the Minnesota National Guard's 31st Adjutant General during a ceremony in St. Paul, November 4, 2017.

"General Jensen has been a tremendous leader of the Minnesota National Guard throughout his years of dedicated service," said Governor Dayton. "He has served in two top leadership positions, as the Commanding General of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, and also as the Chief of Staff at the Guard's Joint Force Headquarters. I am confident that he will continue to provide the same outstanding leadership as his predecessor, General Rick Nash."

Jensen most recently served as the Commanding General of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division. He previously held positions as Deputy Commanding General, United States Army Africa and Southern European Task Force, Minnesota National Guard Director of the Joint Staff and Minnesota National Guard Assistant Adjutant General - Army.



Guard Heritage Suffers with Loss of Artillery Unit

Posted: 2017-10-04  11:22 AM
ETAB ANOKA, Minn. - The Minnesota National Guard lost one of its most historically significant units when the 151st Artillery's E Battery, (Target Acquisition) cased its colors in a ceremony at the Anoka High School Aug. 19, 2017.

The Target Acquisition Battery (ETAB), 151st Field Artillery is one of the oldest and most decorated units in the Minnesota National Guard and the 34th Infantry Division. "Both Minnesota and the Division lose the proud lineage that goes back to Civil War days, through WW1 and WW2, and had a significant amount of battle streamers," said 151st Field Artillery Battalion Commander, Lt. Col. Patrick Cornwell.

The 151st Field Artillery draws its lineage from the 1st Regiment, Minnesota Heavy Artillery of 1864 which fought two major campaigns in Tennessee during the Civil War.



In one month: Minnesota Guardsmen support Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria

Posted: 2017-09-29  02:25 PM
Minnesota National Guard ST. PAUL, Minn. - In the span of a few weeks, three major hurricanes hit different parts of the southern United States, causing widespread damage and destruction and requiring the response of agencies around the country. The Minnesota National Guard is one of the many organizations that have responded, sending Soldiers and Airmen to Texas, Florida, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

"This is the most gratifying deployment of my career," said Capt. Jeremy Maxey with the 133rd Airlift Wing who was called back from his vacation early to go to the Virgin Islands. "It means a lot to be able to actually directly help people. It's why I serve. Throughout my career I've deployed numerous times, but this is the one where you actually see the people you serve."

The start of the month brought the first request for assistance. On Sept. 1, two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and 11 personnel from the St. Cloud-based B Company, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 211th Aviation Regiment left for Texas following Hurricane Harvey to transport personnel and equipment in support of response efforts.



Finding fellowship in the sacred mission

Posted: 2017-09-26  12:02 PM
Minnesota National Guard CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - One of the most difficult, most sacred, honorable duties in the military is one that people don't often think about. It takes compassion, empathy, care, and requires great resilience. It is one that when called upon to train for, they hope to rarely perform because it means another Soldier has been lost. It is the duty of casualty notification officer and casualty assistance officer.

About 45 Minnesota Army National Guard Soldiers came to Camp Ripley, Minnesota, on September 21-22, 2017, for a Reset Seminar to find fellowship in one specific thing they have in common: delivering the worst news in the Army.

When a Soldier dies at home or overseas, CNOs and CAOs must notify and help families through the process, including paperwork, benefits, and funeral arrangements.



Article archive
 
top