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Minnesota National Guard
Snowstorm Dwindles Armory Open House Numbers; Soldiers Drive On

Stillwater residents and 34th Military Police Company Soldiers worked through Minnesota's most intense snowstorm of the 2006-07 winter, Feb 25 to commemorate the unit's arrival with an Armory Open House

The number of residents in the community who attended the Armory open house was affected by the snowstorm, but some residents still braved the bad weather to show their support for the Guard and learn more about the unit

"We just want to show our support," said David Hansen, a Stillwater resident "We really appreciate the sacrifices that you citizen-Soldiers make"

The Soldiers of the 34th MP company set up an elaborate display of fun activities, informational stands, demonstration stations, interactive weapons systems displays, and of course food

Interactive weapons systems displays included the M-16A2 rifle simulator, as well as an MK19 grenade machine gun The M-16A2 simulator drew more attention from the adult crowd, while the MK19 attracted more groups of children

Spc Richard Brown carried a military police baton during the Open House and demonstrated the use of it on at least one attendant

"This is the PR24 baton," said Spc Brown "I big part of it is the "˜show of force' before you would pull your pistol"

"We're not quite demonstrating on anyone," said Spc Brown "We're pretty much just showing them with display"

Though the weather dwindled the number of attendees, the 34th MP Company carried on with their mission of community outreach and looked forward to the next opportunity to interact with Stillwater

"We are a little disappointed by the weather," said 1st Lt Trista Martinson, company commander "But we're also looking forward to more chances to interact with the community Lumberjack days are in the summer time, so that will be a chance for another event like this"

Feb 25, 2007
By Cpl Joe Roos

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