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From the plains of Minnesota to the Mountains of Porsangmoen

Minnesota National Guard CAMP PORSANGMOEN, Norway- On Tuesday, 100 Minnesota National Guardsman loaded a plane at the 133rd Airlift Wing departing for the 41st US/Norway Reciprocal Troop Exchange

For the first time since 1974, the Minnesotans traveled to the northern-most NATO base of Camp Porsangmoen, Norway to participate in a summer reciprocal troop exchange

The Minnesota contingent flew from Minneapolis to the Pease International Tradeport in New Hampshire While in New Hampshire, the Minnesota Guardsman's received a "Hero's Welcome" they will never forget

While the plane refueled in the Granite State, the Minnesota Soldiers and Airmen deplaned to stretch and get some fresh air As the Norwegian Exchange participants walked through the Pease International Tradeport, they were greeted by more than 300 "Pease Greeters"

It was a Hero's Welcome the Minnesota National Guard Soldiers and Airmen will never forget "I was humbly surprised and grateful for the huge crowd that welcomed and greeted us as we walked down the concourse, said Army Sgt Maj Darin Mjoen, 41st US/Norway Reciprocal Troop Exchange Sergeant Major

"It felt as if the receiving line was never ending and the cheers and clapping echoed throughout the halls of the terminal, said Army Maj Aaron Krenz, 41st US/Norway Reciprocal Troop Exchange Commander

Following the stop in New Hampshire, the Minnesota contingent flew on to Iceland and then to their final destination of Camp Porsangmoen

While in Norway, the Minnesota National Guard Soldiers and Airmen will train alongside the Norwegian Army sharing military tactics, techniques and procedures The Minnesota Guardsman will take part in a cultural experience that will challenge them in many new ways

June 19, 2014
by Capt John Hobot
Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs



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Posted: 2018-06-29  10:48 AM
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Posted: 2018-06-08  11:59 AM
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The exercise, which is part live and part virtual, is testing the St. Paul, Minnesota-based aviation unit's ability to conduct operations and mission command in a high-intensity, complex operating environment. Soldiers are being challenged to take decisive action as they focus on air-ground operations -- or synchronizing and integrating aviation operations into the scheme of maneuver planned and conducted by forces on the ground.

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