/*********************************************** * 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
Guard Aeromedical Teams strengthen skills during Vigilant Guard

Airmen provide air evac to role-playing patients During natural disasters or other state emergencies, saving time saves lives If civilian capabilities are overwhelmed, National Guard and other military resources can be called upon to quickly move critical patients from remote areas to medical facilities The capabilities of the Minnesota National Guard's 109th Aeromedical Squadron were a natural fit for Vigilant Guard, a state-wide exercise testing the ability of military and civilian organizations to work together

"Our role in the exercise is to stabilize and transport patients from the field to higher echelons of care," said 109th AES Director of Operations Air Force Maj Jeramy Browning "We strive to provide the best care in the air Our highly trained flight medics care for sick and wounded patients, maintain their health and well-being aboard the plane - getting them to the definitive care they need"

"Being able to participate in this exercise helps us refresh protocol and procedures of working with civil authorities, sister services as well as state and local entities"

During the exercise, the aircrew and medical team of the 109th transport role-playing patients from the 133rd Airlift Wing in St Paul to Camp Ripley On arrival, the team works with other National Guard medical personnel to transport additional mock patients from UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters to the unit's C-130H Hercules aircraft to simulate the continuation of care during a state emergency

"This exercise gives us a great opportunity to practice improving our interoperability with the Army Guard, civilian healthcare providers and emergency response personnel," said Aeromedical Evacuation Technician Staff Sgt Britt Monio "In the event of a future, real-world scenario like this, we know that we will prepared and the incident command system should run effectively, helping patients get the medical care they need in the fastest and safest way possible"

Litter carries across the flight line, checking patient's vital signs and maintaining the overall care of patients in flight are just a few of things the team is training on The 109th will spend nearly an entire day practicing in-flight processes and procedures in a scenario that could happen if they are activated by the Governor during a state emergency

"Every single person in our squadron loves what they do," said Browning "I'm so proud of my unit and the great work they do - whether it's on base during a drill weekend or flying around the state or world helping people with an outstanding level of care"

Vigilant Guard is a United States Northern Command and National Guard Bureau sponsored exercise designed to improve emergency coordination, response and recovery management with federal, regional, local, civilian and military partners

Story and photos by: Air Force Tech Sgt Lynette Olivares and Tech Sgt Paul Santikko


Download best photos

Download all photos




Articles archive

In The News archive

Media Advisory archive

Latest News

Securing the Bold North: Minnesota National Guard supports Super Bowl LII

Posted: 2018-02-02  10:45 PM
Super Bowl 52 MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - More than 400 Minnesota National Guardsmen are supporting security efforts in Minneapolis ahead of Super Bowl 52.

"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.



100 Years Ago, Camp Cody's "Grand Old Man" formed 34th Infantry Division

Posted: 2018-01-18  12:59 PM
Gen. Augustus Blocksom Decorated veteran Augustus Blocksom was a man of his time, but times were changing. He exemplified Progressive Era America prior to the Great War. Blocksom participated in all the major US Army campaigns for nearly a half-century. He fought American Indians, Spaniards, Chinese and Filipinos. He brought that experience to Camp Cody, New Mexico where he assembled units from across the mid-West to form the 34th Infantry Division in 1917.



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.



Article archive
 
top