/*********************************************** * 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
US State Partnership Programme improves regional security

Croatia SPP The US has been aiding countries in the region to improve their defence and military capacities as well as their relations with the NATO The main tool for this goal is the US State Partnership Programme, in which the US National Guard partners with states from the former Soviet Bloc

"In the process of upgrading the capabilities of the armed forces of small, transitional countries, co-operation with developed, democratic countries and their military structures [is necessary]," Zvonimir Mahecic, an external expert at the Institute for International Relations in Zagreb and a retired colonel from the Croatian military, told SETimes "Through joint activities, militaries as well as civilians of small countries are getting a chance to learn from the experiences of military structures that had passed through significant development and adjustment to the needs of combat and non-combat operations of the 21st century This kind of co-operation represents a great chance to transfer knowledge and achieve implementation One example of this type of co-operation is between the Minnesota National Guard and Croatian"

Mahecic emphasised that the partnership with the Minnesota National Guard reflects the position and activities of Croatia within NATO

"There is no doubt that this contributes to better security, not only for Croatia, but to the security of this whole part of Europe," Mahecic said

According to the Croatian Ministry of Defence's Department of Public Relations, the current military-to-military co-operation with the US has succeeded in supporting the Croatian Armed Forces in its process of NATO accession

"The US is the main strategic ally to Croatia when it comes to security, defence and international defence co-operation [The partnership] has helped to develop almost all functional segments -- education, equipment and transportation, joint training and military exercises, funding for equipment and training and humanitarian activities," the department told SETimes in a written statement

The partnership is visible through joint exercises as well

Croatia and Minnesota service members had six joint rotations in the NATO ISAF mission to Afghanistan, with 15 Croatian soldiers and 12 from the Minnesota National Guard, until 2009

The soldiers also participate in joint humanitarian activities, including the reconstruction of a kindergarten in Nasice, in East Croatia

"Through the co-operation with the Minnesota National Guard, the Croatian Armed Forces are taking part in activities that support NATO standards and also improve operational capabilities for participation in peacekeeping operations," the ministry said

The Minnesota-Croatia relationship is just one of 22 partnerships that have been established by US European Command Another is the co-operation between Albania and the New Jersey National Guard, which was started in 1993

The military-to-military co-operation of this partnership is based on joint exercises and training, as well as education and military medicine

Albania's Deputy Defence Minister Petro Koci said the ministry is grateful for the assistance that the New Jersey National Guard has provided

"A selected number of recruits who successfully pass the relevant tests in the training process in Albania continue a substantial part of their military training with the New Jersey National Guard," Koci told SETimes "This assistance falls under the framework of the Albania-US military relations It is consistent with our objective of military education qualification in NATO's standards We are committed to this process, and will continue it"

March 30, 2015
Ivana Jovanovic, Southeast European Times
Article source
http://www.setimes.com/cocoon/setimes/xhtml/en_GB/features/setimes/features/2015/03/30/feature-01



Articles archive

In The News archive

Media Advisory archive

Latest News

Red Bulls Kickoff Division Warfighter

Posted: 2018-06-13  01:38 PM
DIV WFX CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. - "A Warfighter is an exercise that allows the Division to evaluate their ability to maneuver assets in a battle," said Master Sgt. Greg Weaver, the Operations Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge for the Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion. "It is designed to focus on particular areas and specific objectives to be evaluated or tested."

The Division has geared its' planning and training efforts in preparation for Warfighter since July 2017. Coordinating transportation for Soldiers and equipment was often on the mind of Maj. David Johansson, the logistics officer for the 34th ID. With the coordination of Johansson and his team, troops and equipment all converged on Camp Atterbury, enlisting the help of 89 railcars, 280 tractor-trailers, and nearly 50 buses for the movement.

"I like to say my job is to 'quiet the noise'". Johansson continued, "The noise being a real life logistical problem that could impede the exercise."



Minnesota-based aviation unit takes part in Warfighter Exercise

Posted: 2018-06-08  11:59 AM
34ECAB WFX CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. - More than 150 Soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade are here participating in a multi-echelon training event, Warfighter Exercise 18-5, May 30 to June 15.

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.

In this case, the units on the ground are being commanded by the Rosemount, Minnesota-based 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, which is also participating in the exercise.



148th Fighter Wing hosts STEM program for Duluth-area students

Posted: 2018-06-05  08:52 AM
Starbase Duluth DULUTH, Minn. - Dozens of community and industry leaders passionate about helping children become more engaged in science, technology, engineering and math gathered at the 148th Fighter Wing in Duluth, Minn., May 24, 2018, to see what STARBASE Minnesota Duluth is doing for young students in the area.

STARBASE is a Department of Defense youth program that engages students in STEM studies. The program began in 1991, and STARBASE Minnesota was founded in 1993 in St. Paul, which expanded to Duluth in July 2017.

Currently, the school program is open to fifth-grade students, said Charity S. Rupp, the director of STARBASE Minnesota Duluth. The summer camp will serve students in 4-6th grade. Eventually, she hopes the program will expand into STARBASE 2.0 to serve middle school students as an after school program during the academic school year.



Minnesota National Guard leaders visit traveling tribute in Austin

Posted: 2018-05-22  10:16 AM
Traveling Wall AUSTIN, Minn. - A replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was on display May 16-20, in Austin and leaders of the 347th Regional Support Group took the opportunity to visit during the event's closing ceremony.

The display, dubbed the American Veterans Traveling Tribute, was hosted by Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Austin and featured a near-replica of the memorial in Washington, D.C.

"It was an honor to be part of this humbling and moving tribute to our Vietnam veterans," said Col. Stephen Schemenauer. "The traveling Vietnam Wall is a powerful display, and this event provided an opportunity to meet, and thank, service members from WWII to present-day conflicts. Regardless of their branch of service, or the era or conflict in which they served, we all share a common bond."



Article archive
 
top