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Minnesota National Guard
From Hell to High Water

As southeastern Minnesota continues to clean up from the deadly weekend flooding, residents are getting plenty of help from National Guard Soldiers from southwestern Minnesota Thirty-two Guard Soldiers from the Marshall unit have served in the flood area since Sunday, and will likely return home today, said local Guard Sgt Timothy Green In all, about 150 of the total force of 240 Guard Soldiers activated come from the 1-151st Battalion, which includes units from Marshall, Montevideo, Morris, Olivia, Madison, Ortonville and Appleton Green said the Marshall unit was in the midst of a drill weekend and family picnic Sunday when the call came that 30 Soldiers were needed for the flood response "Getting those 30 Soldiers was a task, because everybody wanted to go," Green said "It was like, "˜no guys, you can't all go' We basically had to go off the roster then "The support for this was overwhelming That's because these guys are willing to go off and get to work" The families watched as Soldiers loaded their gear and hit the road Sunday They arrived at around 11:30 pm Sunday night, slept and quickly were deployed Monday morning They are using the Caledonia school building as a staging center, and also doing some work based from LaCrescent, Green said Mainly, the local Guard have been doing security work and going door-to-door, knocking to make sure residents are safe The flooding has been blamed for at least six deaths in southeastern Minnesota A Minnesota National Guard news release said the support includes two UH-60 medical evacuation helicopters, 80 Soldiers conducting on-site security in the Winona area and a quick-reaction force of 150 to search and secure towns in Houston County Many of the local Soldiers activated for the flood work are the same ones who returned a year-and-a-half ago from war duty in Iraq This is their first major response since the return from Iraq, Green said "Some of the guys were commenting, "˜wow, we finally get to do what we signed up to do,'" Green said about the disaster response He was part of the Guard response to floods in Montevideo and Granite Falls in 1997 and 2001, as were others in the unit That should help them deal with what they are encountering this week, he said "They are very busy and it's taking a lot of time," Green said "I imagine it's 12-hour shifts for them" Green said it also helped that Friday, the battalion took part in a quick-response drill in Olivia, simulating securing the airport there "And two days later we got the call (to go to the flooding)," he said "If this was going to happen, it was good timing" While 2,600 other Guard Soldiers returned to Minnesota last month from a long deployment in Iraq, they remain under federal control for 90 days and weren't able to respond to the flood crisis - even those from that area, Green said That's a reason why so many from southwestern Minnesota were activated for flood duty, he said While the nature of Guard service has changed significantly since the war began, Green said responding to local disasters is still perhaps the most rewarding aspect of Guard duty He said Soldiers are well fed at the scene by the Red Cross and Salvation Army, and local residents appreciate the help "When you're joining the Guard, the first thing you think of is stuff like this," Green said "There's something about helping your neighbors out"
Article source: http://www.marshallindependent.com/News/articles.asp?articleID=15012

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Posted: 2017-10-04  11:22 AM
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