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Minnesota National Guard
First Timers

For some of the Soldiers of the 34th Annual Norwegian Exchange Contingent this marks the first time they have ever adventured outside the United States boarders

"I love it; it is a really fun experience," Private First Class Shane A Lang, Artilleryman 1st Battalion 125th Battery, Leverne, Minn "Not everyone can do it, because of their job and other things in their civilian life It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get paid to go to another country"

Other Soldiers still are experiencing the effects of traveling to another country

"It is wonderful, I think the training has been great," said Private First Class, Daniel L Gronewold, cannon-crew member, Company A 1st Battalion 125th Leverne, Minn, "I am still taking it all in"

Private First Class Justin G Donnell, Infantryman, 2nd Battalion 135th Infantry, Owatonna, Minn experienced his birthday during the exchange "I am not homesick because the cadre and people in the platoons seems really nice and they make me feel at home," said Donnell "The country is warmer, even though it is farther north, that seems kind of odd"

A lot of the Soldiers in the Exchange Contingent are enjoying many different aspects of traveling overseas

"I get to see different landscape, different scenery and get to train totally different than usually, it's a good change of pace," said Private First Class Travis J Thiner, Artilleryman, 1st Battery 125th Field Artillery, Leverne, Minnesota," I like meeting other people Norway is a beautiful country The food is different, but you can get use to it It is kind of a cultural shock"

Regardless of the cultural barriers with daily living and training, all the Soldiers are finding ways to enjoy their time in Norway

"The uniforms are different from ours, I like the layers, but I will enjoy getting back into my Army Combat Uniform (ACUs)," said Donnell "I really like the country side and it is really quite This exchange is like being on vacation, being infantry I thought I would never get to experience something like this"

"It is really cold here!" Spec Kelli J Zellner, combat medic, 834th Aviation Support Company, St Paul, Minn "All the people from Norway are very hospitable The training is beneficial to this point and I look forward to the training to come"

The Soldiers and Airmen of the 34th Annual Norwegian Exchange Contingent will be back in Minnesota in late February

By Sgt Lynette Hoke

Main Effort:
Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange

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