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An above normal number of wildfires have been recorded thus far this season due to a dry spring and summer with record high temps A lightning strike sparked the Cavity Lake fire, 44 miles northeast of Ely, Minn
"The conditions were right, the fuel was dry, the humidity was low and the winds were high," said Lt. Col. Terrance Sieben, Commander, 133rd MSF

The wildfire grew to approximately 28,500 acres Due to the size and nature of the fire, a National Incident Management Team arrived and took charge of the incident Governor Tim Pawlenty authorized an Emergency Executive Order to activate Guard personnel and equipment to combat the wildfire

Twenty-six National Guardsmen, including seven Airmen, were called to duty for this emergency mission Three UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters and nine support vehicles were used to battle the fire In addition to local firefighting crews, there were several personnel from the Pacific Northwest, Colorado and Wyoming

"It was really neat to see all these people work together," said Lt. Col. Sieben "These fire people have their planning and execution really well-thought-out"

Residential and commercial structures remained threatened along with Canadian border forests, and required immediate attention to deter the blaze

Not only were residents in the area displaced, portions of the Boundary Water Canoe Area Wilderness were closed to the approximately 2,500 daily visitors

Firefighters used a variety of techniques to help preserve the area "They wanted to try to fight this fire as naturally as possible," said Lt. Col. Sieben "So it can look ten years from now like it does today, not like a whole bunch of bulldozers came in and bulldozed out the area"

The mission objectives were met and the fire was contained after burning nearly 32,000 acres

By Staff Sgt Tyrell Heaton
Col. Sieben Cavity Lake Wildfire
133rd Airlift Wing supports Fire Fight 2006





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Governor Mark Dayton installs new Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General

Posted: 2017-11-04  04:16 PM
TAG installation ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton administered the oath of office to Maj. Gen. Jon A. Jensen, installing him as the Minnesota National Guard's 31st Adjutant General during a ceremony in St. Paul, November 4, 2017.

"General Jensen has been a tremendous leader of the Minnesota National Guard throughout his years of dedicated service," said Governor Dayton. "He has served in two top leadership positions, as the Commanding General of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, and also as the Chief of Staff at the Guard's Joint Force Headquarters. I am confident that he will continue to provide the same outstanding leadership as his predecessor, General Rick Nash."

Jensen most recently served as the Commanding General of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division. He previously held positions as Deputy Commanding General, United States Army Africa and Southern European Task Force, Minnesota National Guard Director of the Joint Staff and Minnesota National Guard Assistant Adjutant General - Army.



Guard Heritage Suffers with Loss of Artillery Unit

Posted: 2017-10-04  11:22 AM
ETAB ANOKA, Minn. - The Minnesota National Guard lost one of its most historically significant units when the 151st Artillery's E Battery, (Target Acquisition) cased its colors in a ceremony at the Anoka High School Aug. 19, 2017.

The Target Acquisition Battery (ETAB), 151st Field Artillery is one of the oldest and most decorated units in the Minnesota National Guard and the 34th Infantry Division. "Both Minnesota and the Division lose the proud lineage that goes back to Civil War days, through WW1 and WW2, and had a significant amount of battle streamers," said 151st Field Artillery Battalion Commander, Lt. Col. Patrick Cornwell.

The 151st Field Artillery draws its lineage from the 1st Regiment, Minnesota Heavy Artillery of 1864 which fought two major campaigns in Tennessee during the Civil War.



In one month: Minnesota Guardsmen support Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria

Posted: 2017-09-29  02:25 PM
Minnesota National Guard ST. PAUL, Minn. - In the span of a few weeks, three major hurricanes hit different parts of the southern United States, causing widespread damage and destruction and requiring the response of agencies around the country. The Minnesota National Guard is one of the many organizations that have responded, sending Soldiers and Airmen to Texas, Florida, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

"This is the most gratifying deployment of my career," said Capt. Jeremy Maxey with the 133rd Airlift Wing who was called back from his vacation early to go to the Virgin Islands. "It means a lot to be able to actually directly help people. It's why I serve. Throughout my career I've deployed numerous times, but this is the one where you actually see the people you serve."

The start of the month brought the first request for assistance. On Sept. 1, two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and 11 personnel from the St. Cloud-based B Company, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 211th Aviation Regiment left for Texas following Hurricane Harvey to transport personnel and equipment in support of response efforts.



Finding fellowship in the sacred mission

Posted: 2017-09-26  12:02 PM
Minnesota National Guard CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - One of the most difficult, most sacred, honorable duties in the military is one that people don't often think about. It takes compassion, empathy, care, and requires great resilience. It is one that when called upon to train for, they hope to rarely perform because it means another Soldier has been lost. It is the duty of casualty notification officer and casualty assistance officer.

About 45 Minnesota Army National Guard Soldiers came to Camp Ripley, Minnesota, on September 21-22, 2017, for a Reset Seminar to find fellowship in one specific thing they have in common: delivering the worst news in the Army.

When a Soldier dies at home or overseas, CNOs and CAOs must notify and help families through the process, including paperwork, benefits, and funeral arrangements.



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