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Minnesota National Guard ARDEN HILLS, Minn- Armed with their advanced combat helmets, gloves, eye & ear protection and a pair of keys, Soldiers of the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, expanded their knowledge with the Army Initial Drivers Training course at the Arden Hills Army Training Site, Jan 10-11, 2014

Preparing all of the National Guardsmen in Minnesota to be qualified to drive military vehicles advances the Minnesota National Guard's progress toward having an optimal force structure

The Soldiers spent one day in a classroom setting learning about the different vehicles and safety procedures They learned about the proper forms to use in specific situations as well as federal, state and local safety laws to abide by while operating a tactical vehicle

On day two, they performed hands-on training, which involved identification of vehicle components, performing a quality preventative maintenance checks and services, and qualifying in the high mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle (HMMWV)

Soldiers were tested on their knowledge of correctly identifying vehicle parts in a one-on-one test with the master driver instructor This tested their ability to accurately accomplish DA form 2404, the army preventative maintenance checks and services form

Scored on their ability to navigate a predetermined course selected by the grader, the Soldiers took their first try behind the wheel of a HMMWV as the operator

After qualifying in the M998 HMMWV, the Soldiers proceeded to qualify in the M1072 up-armored HMMWV with a pinto hitch trailer

"We will continually assess and evaluate the right mix of people and equipment to leverage our capabilities, while balancing the ideal composition for current and anticipated missions," said Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Richard C Nash

The Minnesota National Guard continually reevaluates its Soldiers to make sure that its resources are in the right place for the most efficient usage




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Minnesota Aviators lead multi-state National Guard partnership for NTC rotation

Posted: 2018-05-21  03:51 PM
2-147 NTC FORT IRWIN, Calif. - The Minnesota National Guard's 2nd Battalion, 147th Assault Helicopter Battalion is working together with aviation units from four different states to provide support to the Tennessee-based 278th Armored Calvary Regiment during a rotation at National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California.

Making up Task Force Ragnar is Utah-based B Company, 1st Battalion, 211th Assault Reconnaissance Battalion; Nevada-based B Company, 1-189th General Support Aviation Battalion; Michigan-based C Company, 3-238th GSAB; and Minnesota-based A, D, E and Headquarters Companies, 2-147th AHB and F Company, 1-189th GSAB.

"Early coordination with the units across four states combined with exceptional unit leadership and motivated Soldiers helped us to quickly build the task force when we closed on Fort Irwin," said Lt. Col. Kevin O'Brien, Task Force Commander. "I was thoroughly impressed with the professionalism and teamwork of task force Soldiers. This was an outstanding training opportunity that challenged every Soldier to grow as individuals and units daily."



Deployed Minnesota Guardsman honors grandfather, Hmong heritage

Posted: 2018-05-17  09:57 AM
Brandon Xiong CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait - "My heritage is Hmong," said 21 year-old Minnesota National Guard Spec. Brandon Xiong from his desk at Camp Buehring, Kuwait. "A low-key culture that originated from southern Asia. Hmong is not a place, but it is a people."

Xiong, the eldest grandson of the late Col. Song Leng Xiong, is deployed in Kuwait as an information technician for Area Support Group - Kuwait.

"We were not nomadic, but have been in many different conflicts," said Xiong. "Many places I go, I am questioned about my nationality and when answered, end up being even more confused. There is a movie called, "Gran Torino", where Clint Eastwood is introduced to the Hmong culture and I think it portrays the Hmong people not so terribly."



Month of the Military Child recognizes contributions of military kids

Posted: 2018-04-07  01:54 PM
Minnesota National Guard FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 7, 2018

ST. PAUL, Minn.- The month of April is designated as the Month of the Military Child to recognize the contributions and sacrifices military children make so their family members can serve. An estimated 15,000 children in Minnesota have been affected by the deployment of a parent.

"Military children bear a lot while their family members serve," said Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen, Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard. "It is up to us to support these resilient kids and help to lessen their burden."

An event to honor military kids in Minnesota will take place April 13, 2018, at the Mall of America rotunda from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Activities will include appearances by the Teddy Bear Band and meet and greets with Nickelodeon characters.



Forging a path to career success

Posted: 2018-03-16  08:45 AM
Col. Angela Steward-Randle ST. PAUL, Minn. - Col. Angela Steward-Randle grew up in a military family - her father served in the Army on active duty - but it was a chance encounter with a friend at college that led her to want to make the military a career.

"My story is no different than many others," Steward-Randle, the Director of Human Resources, Manpower and Personnel for the Minnesota National Guard said. "I was in college and looking for financial resources to help pay for it."

Her college friend suggested they attend a summer training with the Reserve Officer Training Corps that had no obligation and could earn them some money. The friend never ended up going, but Steward-Randle did. After earning recognition as the top honor graduate and receiving an offer of a scholarship, she was hooked.



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