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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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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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