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Minnesota National Guard
Guard trains for quick reaction situations

The riot-ready Minnesota National Guard C Troop 2-194 ARS in Cloquet stood their ground recently as protesters heckled them in the Cloquet Area Recreational Center parking lot

Throwing small rocks and making disparaging comments, they simulated an aggressive protest situation as part of training for their current status as the Quick Reaction Force (QRF) for the northern third of Minnesota

Since May of last year, the Cloquet troop has been on call and ready to respond to a scene within six hours should the Governor order it, according to Benjamin Rimolde, SFC, Readiness NCO, of the National Guard in Cloquet The QRF troop is trained to report anywhere from Little Falls, Minn, north to Canada and from Duluth to Moorhead

When ordered, the troop has two hours to report to the Armory After they arrive at the scene of the incident, they can remain there as a self-contained unit for up to 48 hours

The governor could call on them anytime for situations including protests and riots, terrorism incidents, wildfires and other natural disasters

"We are trained to respond to civil disturbances, security of everything from power plants to other vital infrastructures, evacuation situations and more," Rimolde said

The unit has not yet been called to a mission Their on-call status will last approximately another year and then another troop will assume the responsibility

The three-day training in the past two weeks was a refresher for some and first-time training for those new to the troop Quick Reaction Force training is more extensive than the troop's routine exercises, Rimolde said

Pine Journal Editor Lisa Baumann can be contacted at: lbaumann@pinejournalcom
May 16, 2007
Source: http://www.cloquetmn.com

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