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Minnesota Guard Aviators Welcomed Home

CAB ANOKA, Minn - Saturday afternoon Soldiers of the 34th Combat Aviation Brigade's Headquarters Company and 2nd Battalion, 147th Assault Helicopter Battalion were welcomed home from a year-long deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom-Kuwait and Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq

Minnesota leaders thanked the nearly 200 Soldiers and their families during a ceremony at the Anoka Technical College auditorium in Anoka, Minn

These Minnesota units conducted aviation operations and security cooperation activities at the direction of US Central Command Their mission expanded to support Operation Inherent Resolve, the military effort to combat emerging militant groups, in September

"We operated from the Arabian gulf to Iraq We were stretched very far," said Lt. Col. Gregory Fix, commander of the 2-147th Assault Helicopter Battalion "The 34th Combat Aviation Brigade Soldiers worked in high temperatures and difficult desert conditions, maintaining helicopters 24 hours every day for nine months supporting all missions and strategic air movements"

The 34th Combat Aviation Brigade worked directly with other nations, established and strengthened crucial relationships in Kuwait, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates

While deployed they worked with Iraqi and British military units as well as the US Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard and Army units to include US Special Operations

"At this time in history, why us? Because who else could provide this capability to Lt Gen Terry and his staff Truly at this moment in history, nobody could have done it better than the 34th CAB and 2nd Battalion I truly believe that," said 34th Combat Aviation Brigade Commander, Col Greg Thingvold

"Thank you General Nash for giving me the opportunity to lead and be an ongoing part of the 34th Division history in an age of proud service to our state and nation"

June 13, 2015
by Master Sgt Daniel Ewer
Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs



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