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34th Combat Aviation Brigade holds military ball

Minnesota National Guard WELCH, Minn- Friends, family and Soldiers of the 34th Combat Aviation Brigade gathered at Treasure Island Casino, Dec 7, to socialize, recognize the year's accomplishments and to build esprit de corps

"The aviation community invites anyone else that wants to attend in the Guard," said Capt Jonathon Andrews, commander of Company D, 2nd Battalion, 147th Assault Helicopter "This isn't a close-held event, we like to have people from other branches and anyone can join us because it's about esprit de corps and camaraderie It's not only our event it's for everybody"

The ball is not just for officers or warrant officers, but also offers junior Soldiers a chance to participate in some of the military traditions associated with a unit ball

"One of our focuses has been ensuring we recognize our Soldiers and bringing it down to the junior enlisted and making it fun for them to attend too," said Andrews, who has been involved with the ball for the past five years "It's a formal event and there is a lot of ceremonial things and we try to encompass the tradition in that They can have a good time and enjoy the tradition"

During the ball, the unit highlighted the achievements of the past year and recognized individuals for their accomplishments

"We are here to have a good time and to reward soldiers for what they've done over the year," said Andrews

December 31, 2013
by Sgt. 1st Class Ashlee Lolkus
34th Infantry Division Public Affairs



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