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Mountain Lake native uses military skills to help flood-impacted Croatians

Lounnee Minor Some are in the Army just for a contract, some reenlist and serve for a number of years and very few adapt the Army as a lifestyle

For Minnesota National Guard Spc Lounnee Minor and her Army Reservist husband Spc Daniel Minor the Army is their life Their military service has separated the two for numerous birthdays, anniversaries and holidays

The geographical separation hasn't distanced the love that is apparent between the two high school sweethearts, especially during a recent trip to Croatia for the roughly five-foot high spirited Laotian-American as she waits for the next opportunity to call

"I miss him, but I know he supports me and that means the world to me," said the starry brown-eyed woman talking about her husband, who she met in 9th grade at Mountain Lake Public School

Duty and honor are just a few of the things that fuels this Soldier She takes a lot of pride in her duties and responsibilities as a carpentry/mason specialist for the 851st Vertical Engineer Company which is currently in Croatia to renovate and rebuild a community center in a town that was severely damaged by flooding

"I love being able to help people," said Minor, who recently changed her education goals and is planning for a career in nursing

In both capacities she has found a way to serve and has so much pride in her mission

"I love having a skilled trade, but the joy I receive from being able to help people is so filling," explained Minor

Her unit has done numerous projects around Camp Ripley Training Center as well as humanitarian-geared missions overseas

"I want to learn, I didn't come here to do the same old thing for annual training," said Minor "I think it is awesome I get to be here to learn about their architecture and culture"

June 20, 2015
by Tech Sgt Lynette Olivares
133rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs



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Posted: 2018-02-02  10:45 PM
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"This is what we do," said Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen, Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard. "When the local community can't meet the public safety needs, they come to the Guard. We're their normal partner, we're a natural partner, and we're their preferred partner when it comes to filling in the gaps that they can't fill."

At the request of the city, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton authorized the Minnesota National Guard to provide support to security efforts leading up to and during Super Bowl 52. The Guardsmen are providing direct support to and working alongside law enforcement officers from across the state. Like their civilian law enforcement partners, Minnesota Guardsmen are focused on ensuring a safe experience for the residents and visitors who are attending the Super Bowl festivities.



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Posted: 2018-01-18  12:59 PM
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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.



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