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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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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.



148th Fighter Wing hosts STEM program for Duluth-area students

Posted: 2018-06-05  08:52 AM
Starbase Duluth DULUTH, Minn. - Dozens of community and industry leaders passionate about helping children become more engaged in science, technology, engineering and math gathered at the 148th Fighter Wing in Duluth, Minn., May 24, 2018, to see what STARBASE Minnesota Duluth is doing for young students in the area.

STARBASE is a Department of Defense youth program that engages students in STEM studies. The program began in 1991, and STARBASE Minnesota was founded in 1993 in St. Paul, which expanded to Duluth in July 2017.

Currently, the school program is open to fifth-grade students, said Charity S. Rupp, the director of STARBASE Minnesota Duluth. The summer camp will serve students in 4-6th grade. Eventually, she hopes the program will expand into STARBASE 2.0 to serve middle school students as an after school program during the academic school year.



Minnesota National Guard leaders visit traveling tribute in Austin

Posted: 2018-05-22  10:16 AM
Traveling Wall AUSTIN, Minn. - A replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was on display May 16-20, in Austin and leaders of the 347th Regional Support Group took the opportunity to visit during the event's closing ceremony.

The display, dubbed the American Veterans Traveling Tribute, was hosted by Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Austin and featured a near-replica of the memorial in Washington, D.C.

"It was an honor to be part of this humbling and moving tribute to our Vietnam veterans," said Col. Stephen Schemenauer. "The traveling Vietnam Wall is a powerful display, and this event provided an opportunity to meet, and thank, service members from WWII to present-day conflicts. Regardless of their branch of service, or the era or conflict in which they served, we all share a common bond."



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