/*********************************************** * 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 ***********************************************/
History
Minnesota National Guard
Two 34th CAB Soldiers earn prestigious Expert Field Medical Badge

PFC BAUM CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait- Deployed Soldiers from all over the Middle East spent nearly two weeks at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, from Jan 29, 2015, to Feb 9, 2015, for an opportunity to earn the highest and most challenging skill award a US Army medic can earn, the Expert Field Medical Badge

The 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team administered the EFMB course to Soldiers, including six from the 34th Combat Aviation Brigade

"We had a 118 [Soldiers] that volunteered to come compete for the Expert Field Medical Badge," said Maj Tracie Dominguez, the officer in charge of the EFMB course and senior brigade physician assistant for the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division at Camp Buehring

On average, approximately 16 percent of Soldiers earn the Expert Field Medical Badge, said Dominguez

The requirements before coming to the course were a passing Army physical fitness test, qualification on the Soldier's assigned weapon, and the ability to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation

Many Soldiers fail the first written exam in the beginning of the course and lose their chance at earning the EFMB, said Pfc Nick Baum, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2-147th Assault Helicopter Battalion medic, who earned the EFMB

"It was more nerve-wracking than exciting," Baum said about the course The slightest mistake on a combat training lane test could mark the end to earning the EFMB

Soldiers had to prove their skills in various categories, such as: tactical combat casualty care, medical evacuations, land navigation and warrior skills

The training was exhausting, tough, but very worthwhile, said Spc Megan Almelia, 90th Aviation Support Battalion medic, who earned the EFMB

It involved studying every night, said Baum

The 28 Soldiers who passed the written tests and combat training lanes, geared up for a 4 am, 12-mile ruck march Feb 9 To successfully complete the ruck march, Soldiers had to cross the finish line in three hours and pass a gear inspection They carried an unslung rifle, gas mask, and other essential Soldier gear

The Soldiers ruck marched to their training sites every day to prepare for the 12-mile ruck march, said Baum

The EFMB is the Army Medical Department standard of excellence, said Dominguez

The Soldiers studied for months, said Dominguez They're highly motivated, and they paid attention to their instructors The Soldiers who earn the EFMB are the cream of the crop Most Soldiers crossed the finish line running, some collapsing, exhausted afterward

"[I'm] still in shock I completed [the march] in time," said Almelia

She completed the ruck march with approximately three minutes to spare

"It hurts, everything," said Baum after the march

With the last test complete, a total of 24 out of 118 Soldiers earned the prestigious Expert Field Medical Badge

February 9, 2015
by Spc Jessica Nemec
34th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs



Download photos





Articles archive

In The News archive

Media Advisory archive

Latest News

Iowa Red Bull takes command of 34th Infantry Division

Posted: 2017-12-13  10:11 AM
Minnesota National Guard JOHNSTON, Iowa - Brig. Gen. Benjamin J. Corell, Deputy Adjutant General of the Iowa National Guard, assumed command of the 34th Infantry Division "Red Bulls" during a ceremony in Rosemount, Minnesota, on December 9, 2017.

Headquartered in Minnesota, the division has been commanded almost-exclusively by members of the Minnesota National Guard since 1968.

"Typically there's been very few people who have been allowed to command the 34th Infantry Division that didn't come from the state of Minnesota," Corell said.



Minnesota-based aviation unit honors storied division, enters into new, 'expeditionary' era

Posted: 2017-12-12  11:29 AM
Minnesota National Guard ST. PAUL, Minn. - Soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade (ECAB), who recently celebrated a year full of achievements, have embraced a new name: Red Devils.

The St. Paul-based unit hosted its annual aviation brigade ball Dec. 9, at the Envision Event Center in Oakdale, Minnesota, where the unit's new logo was unveiled.

Soldiers of the 34th ECAB, which falls under and supports the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, will continue to wear the Red Bull insignia on their uniforms. However, they will now be known and referred to as the Red Devils, a name that pays homage to the division's historical accomplishments and fierce warfighting.



Minnesota Nice Extends to Puerto Rico

Posted: 2017-12-08  12:08 PM
Minnesota National Guard CAMP SANTIAGO, Puerto Rico - It has been more than two months since Hurricane Maria stuck Puerto Rico, leaving a trail of disaster behind it. The island was in dire need of some extra help. More than 230 Air National Guardsmen from 29 states have been deployed to the island and are helping in any way they can.

Eleven of those Airmen are from the Minnesota National Guard's 148th Fighter Wing out of Duluth, Minn. and the 133rd Airlift Wing out of St. Paul, Minn., are no exception in their desire to lend a helping hand. They have been at Camp Santiago, Puerto Rico, since before Thanksgiving and will leave around mid-December. Their mission is to feed military and civilian hurricane relief workers, giving them the much-needed fuel to complete their mission throughout the day.



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.



Article archive
 
top