/*********************************************** * Chrome CSS Drop Down Menu- (c) Dynamic Drive DHTML code library (www.dynamicdrive.com) * This notice MUST stay intact for legal use * Visit Dynamic Drive at http://www.dynamicdrive.com/ for full source code ***********************************************/
Minnesota National Guard
Red Bull Soldier excells in rare deployment position

SGT Cagle CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait - More times than not, you will see her on the flight line maintaining a helicopter that few even touch She is setting up the communications in the aircraft to ensure her distinguished visitor passengers are able to communicate anytime, anywhere

Sgt Catherine Cagle, a Rockford, Minnesota, native, is the command and control console operator with B Company, 2-147th Assault Helicopter Battalion deployed with the 34th Combat Aviation Brigade 2-147th AHB serves as the general support aviation battalion Her passengers include one to four-star generals

Cagle has a military occupational specialty that requires great professionalism and technical proficiency

"Sgt Cagle is an example of a Soldier who is technically proficient in her MOS, but is asked to work outside her MOS to support the organization and the mission," said Lt. Col. Greg Fix, 2-147th AHB commander "She demonstrated the ability to step into any operation and help leaders and peers"

Prior to deployment, Cagle was performing common signal support systems specialist duties, such as working on radios and computers She still does this, but instead in a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter with generals onboard

"It's a really rare job to get," said Cagle referring to her work on this deployment "It's a completely different experience than what I would've gotten otherwise"

She operates and maintains two command and control consoles for 2-147th AHB

"With this specific console that I work on, there's only 17 of them in the Army and I have two," she said

This position makes Cagle a crewmember, like the crew chiefs and pilots As a crewmember, she had to do additional training

"One area I was worried about was her inexperience being a crewmember on a UH-60 along with the requirement to become Shallow Water Egress Training (DUNKER) qualified," said Fix "For a young Soldier to take all of this on and succeed is amazing, 75 per cent would have given up at the thought of these requirements and the unknown, but not Sgt Cagle"

Cagle has impressed nearly everyone with her expertise, including the combat aviation brigade higher headquarters, US Army Central

"The ARCENT commander speaks directly with her in the aircraft and is never concerned about her performance or ability to get communications to any operations center," said Fix

Her flight experience has better prepared Cagle for her future goals as well

"If all goes according to plan I'd like to go to flight school," she said

She has learned how a flight company like B Company operates, she said Crew chiefs and pilots have a certain flow in how they work and Cagle has been able to see it in action, from preparing a flight to after the mission is complete

Cagle is the only Soldier with the experience and skill required to perform her job here, and she continues to do it well

"She has accomplished all we required and more," said Fix

November 11, 2014
by Spc Jess Nemec
34th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs

Download photos

Articles archive

In The News archive

Media Advisory archive

Latest News

Governor Mark Dayton installs new Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General

Posted: 2017-11-04  04:16 PM
TAG installation ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton administered the oath of office to Maj. Gen. Jon A. Jensen, installing him as the Minnesota National Guard's 31st Adjutant General during a ceremony in St. Paul, November 4, 2017.

"General Jensen has been a tremendous leader of the Minnesota National Guard throughout his years of dedicated service," said Governor Dayton. "He has served in two top leadership positions, as the Commanding General of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, and also as the Chief of Staff at the Guard's Joint Force Headquarters. I am confident that he will continue to provide the same outstanding leadership as his predecessor, General Rick Nash."

Jensen most recently served as the Commanding General of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division. He previously held positions as Deputy Commanding General, United States Army Africa and Southern European Task Force, Minnesota National Guard Director of the Joint Staff and Minnesota National Guard Assistant Adjutant General - Army.

Guard Heritage Suffers with Loss of Artillery Unit

Posted: 2017-10-04  11:22 AM
ETAB ANOKA, Minn. - The Minnesota National Guard lost one of its most historically significant units when the 151st Artillery's E Battery, (Target Acquisition) cased its colors in a ceremony at the Anoka High School Aug. 19, 2017.

The Target Acquisition Battery (ETAB), 151st Field Artillery is one of the oldest and most decorated units in the Minnesota National Guard and the 34th Infantry Division. "Both Minnesota and the Division lose the proud lineage that goes back to Civil War days, through WW1 and WW2, and had a significant amount of battle streamers," said 151st Field Artillery Battalion Commander, Lt. Col. Patrick Cornwell.

The 151st Field Artillery draws its lineage from the 1st Regiment, Minnesota Heavy Artillery of 1864 which fought two major campaigns in Tennessee during the Civil War.

In one month: Minnesota Guardsmen support Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria

Posted: 2017-09-29  02:25 PM
Minnesota National Guard ST. PAUL, Minn. - In the span of a few weeks, three major hurricanes hit different parts of the southern United States, causing widespread damage and destruction and requiring the response of agencies around the country. The Minnesota National Guard is one of the many organizations that have responded, sending Soldiers and Airmen to Texas, Florida, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

"This is the most gratifying deployment of my career," said Capt. Jeremy Maxey with the 133rd Airlift Wing who was called back from his vacation early to go to the Virgin Islands. "It means a lot to be able to actually directly help people. It's why I serve. Throughout my career I've deployed numerous times, but this is the one where you actually see the people you serve."

The start of the month brought the first request for assistance. On Sept. 1, two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and 11 personnel from the St. Cloud-based B Company, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 211th Aviation Regiment left for Texas following Hurricane Harvey to transport personnel and equipment in support of response efforts.

Finding fellowship in the sacred mission

Posted: 2017-09-26  12:02 PM
Minnesota National Guard CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - One of the most difficult, most sacred, honorable duties in the military is one that people don't often think about. It takes compassion, empathy, care, and requires great resilience. It is one that when called upon to train for, they hope to rarely perform because it means another Soldier has been lost. It is the duty of casualty notification officer and casualty assistance officer.

About 45 Minnesota Army National Guard Soldiers came to Camp Ripley, Minnesota, on September 21-22, 2017, for a Reset Seminar to find fellowship in one specific thing they have in common: delivering the worst news in the Army.

When a Soldier dies at home or overseas, CNOs and CAOs must notify and help families through the process, including paperwork, benefits, and funeral arrangements.

Article archive