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Olivia Hosts Quick Reaction Force Exercise

Within hours or receiving the call, the Minnesota National Guard's Quick Reaction Force (QRF) was on the road to the Olivia Regional Airport Thursday Soldiers of the 34th Military Police Company left work and home, put on their uniforms to play their part in the Guard's state mission to assist local officials

The call to react woke Pfc Logan Welter of Stacy, Minn, whose civilian job kept him late the night before

"This helps me stay battle ready"said Logan The exercise gives him and others a better understanding of their role in the QRF

"We're doing a rehearsal of the QRF to test our ability to react, our response time to establish security and checkpoints"said 1st Lt Trista Martinson, Commander of the 34th MP Company and Incident Commander for the exercise

"These are the people that are protecting our interest, so any training that we can help them with helps us"said Dale Hardy, Olivia Regional Airport Manager Hardy wasn't the only Olivia resident to assist with the exercise Whether it was the Police Chief or the nearby restaurant that offered up hot spaghetti dinner for the Solders, Olivia opened their doors to the 34th MP Company

"Today gave us the opportunity to test our new equipment"said Mike Hennin, Renville County Emergency Management Director The county recently received a law enforcement and terrorism grant that allowed them to purchase an interoperability box that helps several different agencies communicate between previously incompatible radios

"It's a learning experience"said Martinson "We are at a crawl phase We've never done a full scale exercise"

The "run" phase for the MP's starts Saturday as they hold a second exercise at the Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant

Sgt Ben Houtkooper
16 Aug 2007

Aug. 16, 34th Military Police Quick Reaction Force photo gallery





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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."

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Posted: 2017-10-04  11:22 AM
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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.



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