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Bemidji welcomes home Able Company

BEMIDJI, MN,- Prior to their arrival, many local citizens decorated the streets with flags, welcome home signs and also lined the streets to show their support for the veterans, who had been in combat for approximately 16 months

The Soldiers arrived in high style, with escorts from police, firefighters and local motorcycle riders After walking through a passageway lined with flags and cheering citizens, and feeling famous with all the attention, the group made their way into the hall where they were officially welcomed home
Governor Tim Pawlenty, Mayor Richard Lehmann, Maj. Gen. Rick Erlandson and other distinguished visitors joined the community to welcome the unit back in a ceremony at Memorial Hall, Bemidji State University

"We are so proud of the Soldiers, and are very thankful for all that they do," said Donna Dahl while waiting for them to arrive

"Things like this, this ceremony and the support of our community are some reasons we do this," said Capt Adam Gilbertson, commanding officer, Co A, 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry "We want to thank you, the city of Bemidji, for your outstanding support"

The ceremony started out with a brief list of the unit's many accomplishments

"These Soldiers set the standard for the entire Army," said Maj. Gen. Erlandson "The disciplined approach, courage and self-sacrifice set the standard for all [Brigade Combat Teams] who follow Their approach to their individual missions caught the attention of the nation"

Maj Gen Erlandson further explained that he constantly received correspondence from commanders in Iraq on their exemplarily performance

"You inspired us because of what you have done," said Governor Pawlenty "We are deeply grateful for what you have done You gave the people of Iraq something better "¦ a chance to pursue a better life The burden was heavy, and you answered the call, not only for the Soldiers, but for their family members as well"

August 25, 2007
Sgt Daryl G Sanford


Aug. 27, 2-136 Infantry Battalion returns to Bemidji photo gallery





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Minnesota Nice Extends to Puerto Rico

Posted: 2017-12-08  12:08 PM
Minnesota National Guard CAMP SANTIAGO, Puerto Rico - It has been more than two months since Hurricane Maria stuck Puerto Rico, leaving a trail of disaster behind it. The island was in dire need of some extra help. More than 230 Air National Guardsmen from 29 states have been deployed to the island and are helping in any way they can.

Eleven of those Airmen are from the Minnesota National Guard's 148th Fighter Wing out of Duluth, Minn. and the 133rd Airlift Wing out of St. Paul, Minn., are no exception in their desire to lend a helping hand. They have been at Camp Santiago, Puerto Rico, since before Thanksgiving and will leave around mid-December. Their mission is to feed military and civilian hurricane relief workers, giving them the much-needed fuel to complete their mission throughout the day.



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.



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