/*********************************************** * 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
Minnesota Guard, Reserve conduct contingency ops exercise

Minnesota National Guard MINNEAPOLIS-ST PAUL AIR RESERVE STATION, Minn - Minnesota Air National Guard and Reserve units recently teamed up for a complex six-aircraft contingency operations exercise

The Air Force Reserve's 934th Airlift Wing and the Minnesota National Guard's 133rd Airlift Wing regularly take advantage of their co-location at Minneapolis International Airport to inter-fly and train together, enabling both organizations to take advantage of training opportunities normally available only in large-scale exercises

The two units usually alternate who is in charge of planning the exercises, conducted multiple times a year, and each time the process provides invaluable experience to the aircrews and support agencies involved as they are all able to learn from each other

This mission, planned by the 934th, was one of the most complex to date, according to Major Matt Crawford, 934th AW mission commander After taking off at dusk as a six-ship, the formation conducted a radar verified aerial delivery airdrop in central Wisconsin This capability allows C-130s to deliver equipment to ground forces while flying at low altitude and still enveloped in the clouds

The formation then split into three two-ship formations to conduct low-level flying to practice airdrops using night vision goggles The capabilities of the Hardwood Range Complex and Volk Airfield in Wisconsin also provided simulated threats for the aircrews to defeat that mimicked many real-world scenarios

After practicing assault takeoffs and landings using night vision, the formations then conducted an aerial rejoin back to a six-ship formation for an overhead approach and landing at Minneapolis Following the mission, wing intelligence personnel enhanced their capabilities by debriefing the aircrew on the threats that they saw just like they would after a real combat mission

"For these two units to come together and execute such a complex exercise takes more than precise planning It also takes trust that the other guy will be where they are supposed to be exactly when they are supposed to be there," said Crawford

The importance of the trust developed in these exercises was evident on a recent deployment where the two units found themselves deployed near each other at overseas locations and conducting airdrops in support of ongoing operations It was common for an aircrew from one Minnesota-based unit to be briefed by aircrew of the other before conducting a challenging combat airdrop "It felt good to get such important information from guys that you knew and had flown with," observed Captain Josh Nelson, an instructor pilot with the 934th

As is often the case, the success these units recently had in combat started with training in exercises over the skies of Minnesota and Wisconsin "We always want to push ourselves and not stay satisfied with just practicing the basics," said Captain Brandon Schrader, 934th weapons officer and chief of tactics We have such great resources for awesome training up here and we want to take advantage of it all"

The recent addition of Real-Time-In-Cockpit tactical displays to 934th aircraft will add yet another dimension to this training "These inter-fly missions enable us to provide our aircrews and critical support personnel with seasoning and operational training that will enhance our capabilities and ensure our wings continue to provide the best combat-ready teams to the Air Force mission," said Lt Col Chris Sedlacek, 96th Airlift Squadron director of operations

Despite its relatively small size, the facility at Minneapolis Air Reserve Station is a host to a large number of joint Total Force agencies, including the Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard, Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, and Marine Corps Reserve In addition to being an ideal location for joint training, its shared use with the Minneapolis Airport allows it to operate at a fraction of the cost to the DOD as a stand-alone military base

May 19, 2015
Maj Ethan Bryant, 96th Airlift Squadron
Article source

Articles archive

In The News archive

Media Advisory archive

Latest News

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.

Minnesota Guardsmen participate in Aurora 17 exercise in Sweden

Posted: 2017-09-25  09:06 AM
Aurora 17 SKOVDE, Sweden - Minnesota National Guard Soldiers from the 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 194th Armor traveled overseas in mid-Sept. 2017 to take part in a cooperative, national defense training exercise with allied countries.

"The education and experience these Soldiers will receive is invaluable," said Command Sgt. Maj. Shane Hybben, 1-194th command sergeant major. "Our Soldiers will have operated in joint forces operations with fire and maneuver, which will allow for best practices to be shared and used in the future. They will have a better understanding of other military forces and how they operate not only strengthening our force but everyone involved."

The Brainerd-based battalion spearheaded the mission to Sweden as the most recent element of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division to have taken part in joint international training missions throughout Europe since early 2017.

Article archive