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Minnesota National Guard seeks applicants for Cyber Protection Team

Cyber The application window is now open for Soldiers who are interested in joining the Minnesota National Guard's new Cyber Protection Team (CPT).

National Guard Cyber Protection Teams consist of 39 highly-trained Soldiers who conduct defensive cyberspace operations on Army networks to support mission requirements.

The Minnesota National Guard is seeking the best and brightest Soldiers to fill these slots and become part of this innovative and technologically-skilled unit. If selected for this team, you will have the opportunity to work with computer professionals across the state and nation and receive intensive training, earning industry certifications that can be used to further your civilian career.

Information Technology and IT Security experience is strongly encouraged, but applicants do not have to hold an IT military occupational specialty to apply. Personnel who have relevant civilian experience - occupational or academic - are encouraged to apply and will be sent to school if selected.

Available military occupational specialties in the Cyber Protection Team are:

25D: Cyber Network Defender
35F: Intelligence Analyst
35Q: Cryptologic Network Warfare Specialist
255A: Information Systems Technician
255N: Network Management Technician
17A: Cyber Operations Officer
Applications will be for the CPT as a whole rather than a particular position. The CPT selection panel will determine the appropriate position for each selected candidate.

Minnesota is one of only three states chosen to receive a full CPT which will begin standing up in Rosemount in October of this year.

All enlisted slots in the unit will be eligible for state reclassification bonuses.

For consideration in the first selection panel, application packets are due by July 16, 2017, and subsequent panels will convene quarterly.

Applications should be submitted through your unit's S1 channels. Contact ng.mn.mnarng.list.j3-cyber-applications@mail.mil for further information.





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Minnesota Guardsmen learn survival skills, train with Norwegian counterparts

Posted: 2018-07-03  01:36 PM
NOREX 45 Over the course of 10 days, 100 Soldiers and Airmen from the Minnesota National Guard who traveled to Norway June 17-26, 2018, for the 45th Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange learned valuable survival skills and shared their knowledge with members of the Norwegian Home Guard. This year's exchange was the second to take place during the summer months in the history of the longest-running military partnership between two nations.

"It was a great experience for both the Minnesota National Guard and the Norwegian Home Guard," said Capt. 'Kiwi' HorgA�ien, the senior Norwegian instructor. "A cultural exchange, a social exchange and military exchange all packed into one."

The 45th exchange got off to a late start, with flight delays causing the trip to be shortened from its normal length of two weeks. The delay meant that the Minnesota Guardsmen jumped right into training, heading out to the field after just a few hours of sleep.



133rd Airlift Wing Emphasizes Combat Readiness Training

Posted: 2018-06-29  10:48 AM
Alpena ALPENA, Michigan - Approximately 300 U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 133rd Airlift Wing participated in a readiness exercise at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Alpena, Mich.

The exercise, tagged as Iron Ore, was designed test the Airmen abilities to set up operations at an unfamiliar location and receive in depth training on Ability-To-Survive and Operate (ATSO) principles while supporting airlift and aeromedical flight operations.

To ensure mission success and readiness, Airmen had to complete training at home station prior to leaving for Alpena. Some of this training included weapons qualification, gas mask fit testing, Mission Oriented Protective Posture (MOPP) familiarization, self-aid and buddy care and career field training.



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.



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