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1st ABCT bids farewell to one leader, welcomes another
BLOOMINGTON, Minn- The Minnesota National Guard's 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team bid farewell to its most recent commander while welcoming a new leader to preside over the brigade during a change of command ceremony at the Bloomington Armory, June 13, 2014
"It has been an honor and privilege to have served with you as your commander," said outgoing commander Col Jon Jensen to the Soldiers of the 1st ABCT "You made this job fun because of your professionalism, your enthusiasm and your willingness to get better at every opportunity"
Jensen, a member of the Minnesota National Guard for more than 31 years, assumed command of the 1st ABCT in July of 2012, shortly after the unit returned from missions in Kuwait and Iraq in what was the largest deployment of Minnesota Red Bulls since World War II
"We have been a nation at war," said 34th Infantry Division Commander Brig Gen Neal Loidolt "Through the efforts of the outstanding leadership of Col Jensen, the brigade remains a ready weapon in the strategic arsenal of the Army, prepared to provide whatever is needed domestically and abroad"
Incoming 1st ABCT commander Col Robert Intress accepted the task of keeping the brigade prepared - and the many other responsibilities that come with a major command - after the brigade colors were passed from Jensen to Loidolt, then from Loidolt to Intress
"Bob is a proven leader uniquely qualified to lead the brigade through the challenging times ahead," said Loidolt "He has the experience of command, at all levels, from platoon through battalion He has the technical skills developed over many assignments, even going to the extreme of attending and graduating from the Tank Commander's Course as an infantry officer"
"Col Jensen, I am sincerely thankful for the dedication, commitment and leadership you have shown this organization over the years" said Intress "You have led this brigade with distinction and I will ensure that the legacy you and your predecessors have fostered is built upon and never tarnished"
Following the ceremony, Loidolt presented the Legion of Merit to Jensen for "dedication to mission accomplishment, direct leadership and exemplary service"
June 18, 2014 by Staff Sgt Patrick Loch
Minnesota National Guard 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."