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Minnesota National Guard
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Minnesota National Guard
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1/12/08 E Target Acquisition Battery receives Meritorious Unit Commendation
Brig. Gen. Jon Trost presents the Meritorious Unit Commendation to the Soldiers of E TAB, including a former shop student of his, Sgt. Chad Wellsted.
(run time: 7:31)


1/12/08 1st Battalion, 125th Field Artillery under new command
The 1st Battalion, 125th Field Artillery is came under new command as Lt. Col. John Kolb passed the battalion colors to Lt. Col. Rob Larsen in a Change of Command Ceremony at the New Ulm Armory.
(Run Time 6:11)


11/12/07 Governor Pawlenty Announces 35 Initiatives to Support Veterans
and the Military

Listen as Governor Pawlenty Announces 35 Initiatives to Support Veterans and the Military.
(run time: 32:02)


10/28/07 National Guard honors fallen Soldiers in Mexican Holiday
The Minnesota National Guard participated in celebrating the Day of the Dead with the Minnesota Historical Society and the Guadalupe Alternative School Oct. 28 at the Minnesota Historical Center.
(Run Time 4:59)


10/10/07 TriCare Press Conference
Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty teamed with regional Military Healthcare Provider TriWest and Minnesota Military leaders to announce the TriWest Healthcare Alliance pilot program Oct. 10 in the Governor's Reception Room.
(Run Time 22:38)

8/30/07 General Shellito Speaks at State Fair 2007
Minnesota Adjutant General and Vietnam War Veteran Maj. Gen. Larry Shellito delivers a speech to veterans during a Vietnam War memorial dedication ceremony Aug. 30 at the Minnesota State Fair.
(Run Time 8:37)

8/20/07 Flood Fight 2007
Minnesota National Guard Soldiers with the 34th Military Police Company and 1st Battalion, 151st Field Artillery deployed to Southeastern Minnesota in late August for flood relief operations. (Run Time 2:53)

7/20/07 The 1st Brigade Combat Team is finally home!
Commentary from Army National Guard Director Lt. Gen. Vaughn, Gov. Pawlenty, and Chaplain Lt. Col. Morris. (Run Time 4:00)

6/20/07 Governor Pawlenty and Maj. Gen. Shellito announce projected return of 1/34th Brigade Combat Team
Governor Tim Pawlenty and Maj. Gen. Larry Shellito discuss the projected return of the 1/34th Brigade Combat Team June 20 in the Governor's Reception Room.
(Run Time 30:06)

5/31/07 Major Accident Response Exercise
The 133rd Airlift Wing teams up with the city of Eagan to train for a C-130 crash scenario.
(Run time 3:15)

5/16/07 Col. Hamlar returns from Iraq
Col. Hamlar is rewarded for his efforts for all of his sacrifices over the last few years.
(Run time 3:21)

5/14/07 Legislative Staff Tour 2007
Minnesota Army and Air National Guard Soldiers and Airmen displayed the capabilities of the Guard, its facilities, equipment, and citizen Soldiers and Airmen to staffers of the Minnesota Senate and House of Representatives. Cpl. Joe Roos Reporting (Run time: 4:26)
(Run time 2:50)

5/08/07 133rd Airlift Wing returns from Afghanistan
As more Airmen form the 133rd Airlift Wing return from Afghanistan, their friends and family members are there to celebrate their return.
(Run time 2:50)

5/07/07 Col. Elicerio Press Conference
From Camp Adder Iraq, Col. David Elicerio, commander of the 1/34th Brigade Combat Team, speaks at a live tele press conference May 7th 2007 about the brigade's progress.
(Run time 31:17)

5/01/07 133rd Airlift Wing supports American Red Cross
Many military and civilian full-time staff members at the 133rd Airlift Wing participated in another successful Blood Drive sponsored by the American Red Cross on May 1.
(Run time 1:46)

4/30/07 Gov. Pawlenty at ESGR Awards
Governor Tim Pawlenty speaks at the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Awards Banquet April 30, 2007.
(Run time 11:04)

4/15/07 133rd Airlift Wing conducts Annual Training at Eglin AFB
Airmen form the 133rd Airlift Wing enjoy an air show during their training mission at Eglin Air Force Base.
(Run time 3:31)

4/2/07 Twins Home Opener
The Minnesota Twins dedicated much of their Home Opener to military members and their families by honoring them, incorporating them into the pre-game, and supply them with free tickets April 2 at the Metrodome in Minneapolis.
(Run time 1:39)

4/1/07 Sen. Klobuchar
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar speaks to a group of Soldiers and families about issues with which she can help, as a senator April 1.
(Run time 18:13)

3/24/07 133rd Airlift Wing Reintegration
The 133rd Airlift Wing holds their first reintegration session for Airmen who were deployed to Afghanistan.
(Run time 2:02)

3/24/07 Sgt. Riewer Press Conference
Col. Kevin Gutknecht, the Rear Detachment Commander of the 1st of the 34th Brigade Combat Team makes a statement to the media regarding the death of Sgt. Greg Riewer on March 24, 2007.
(Run time 9:10)

3/22/07 237th Iraq Military Transition Team teleconference
Maj. Wade Bastian gives an update on the mission in Iraq.
(Run time 33:18)

3/15/07 Minnesota Air National Guard OJS Liaison
Col. Jim Daugherty has been working in Phoenix Arizona over the last four months and explains his role as the Air National Guard Liaison.
(Run time 2:08)
Senior Airman Eric Cullen reporting

3/13/07 133rd Civil Engineering Squadron Beats the Heat in Phoenix
Two sgts. from the 133rd Civil Engineering squadron come up with ways to make life easier in the hot Arizona sun.
(Run time 1:55)
Senior Airman Eric Cullen reporting

3/7/07 133rd Civil Engineering Squadron Off to a Great Start
First Sgt. Mark Legvold describes the day to day duties of the 133rd Civil Engineering Squadron in support of Operation Jump Start.
(Run time 2:08)
Senior Airman Eric Cullen reporting

3/6/07 133rd Civil Engineering Squadron Helps Build Foundation
Minnesota National Guard Airmen with the 133rd Civil Engineer Squadron begin pouring concrete into the foundation of a wall they are building on the U.S. / Mexico border.
(Run time 1:31)
Senior Airman Eric Cullen reporting

3/5/07 133rd Civil Engineering Squadron Arrives at Border
Minnesota National Guard Airmen of the 133rd Engineering Squadron arrive in Arizona for construction of a wall between the US-Mexico border. Airmen discuss the beginning of their operations as well as the importance of the mission.
(Run time 2:55)
Senior Airman Eric Cullen reporting

2/25/07 34th Military Police Open House in Stillwater
The 34th Military Police Company hosted an Open House event Feb. 25 at the Stillwater Armory. The turn-out was not as high as hoped for, because of a bad snowstorm, but the Open House was hosted nonetheless.
(Run time 2:37)
Cpl. Joe Roos reporting

2/23/07 133rd Airlift Wing returns from Afghanistan
The final group from the 133rd Airlift Wing return from their tour in Afghanistan.
(Run time 1:24)
By Senior Airman Eric Cullen

2/22/07 A Co., 2-135 Infantry Helps out Iraqi Community
1st. Lt. Josh Fjelstad, 2-135 Infantry, explains how getting a little extra help goes a long ways in Iraq.
(Run time 2:27) Unedited version. (Run time 16:35)
By Senior Airman Eric Cullen

2/21/07 133rd Airlift Wing returns from Afghanistan
Family and friends welcome home a safe return of Airmen from Afghanistan to the 133rd Airlift Wing
in St. Paul.
(Run time 2:40)
By Senior Airman Eric Cullen

2/18/07 133rd Airlift Wing returns from Afghanistan
The first group from the 133rd Airlift Wing return from their tour in Afghanistan.
(Run time 2:25)
By Senior Airman Eric Cullen

2/17/07 133rd Aerial Port Squadron wins Aerial Port of the Year
The 133rd Aerial Port Squadron has won the award of Aerial Port of the Year at the Guard level and is now up against the Reserve components.
(Run time 2:40)
By Senior Airman Eric Cullen

2/14/07 National Guard Soldier gets married via teleconference
The Minnesota Military Family Assistance Center out of Rosemount helps set up a Video Teleconference in Inver Grove Heights.
(Run time 2:40)
By Senior Airman Eric Cullen

2/5/07 148th Fighter Wing participates in Duluth Days
The 148th Fighter Wing from Duluth was in St. Paul on Monday night as a part of Duluth Days being held at Cedar St. Training and Community Center.  The Wing had their Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team and Remote Ordnance Neutralization System on display.
(Run time 2:13)
By Senior Airman Eric Cullen

2/4/07 148th Fighter Wing Deployment Ceremony
The 148th Fighter Wing honored their 400 deploying with a deployment ceremony at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center, in Duluth, Minn. Cpl. Joe Roos reporting.
(Run time 2:29)
By Cpl. Joe Roos

1/31/07 133rd Airlift Wing helps facilitate DARE training program
Police Officers from across the country train to become DARE officers at the 133rd Airlift Wing in St. Paul with the help of Master Sgt. Mike Sertic of the Minnesota Counterdrug Task Force.
(Run time 4:03)
By Senior Airman Eric Cullen

1/29/07 TRICARE Expansion
With the help of several medical organizations throughout Minnesota, Gov. Tim Pawlenty expanded the TRICARE health plan.
(Run time 24:54)
By Senior Airman Eric Cullen

1/27/07  Government on Display
The Minnesota Air and Army National Guard had an opportunity to connect with the community and give Minnesotans knowledge about what certain units do to help out the state.
(Run time 1:31)
By Senior Airman Eric Cullen

1/17/07  Minnesota State of the State 2007
Governor Tim Pawlenty set aside an entire section of his 2007 'State of the State' address to identify and honor military members, as well as ways that the legislature and citizens of Minnesota can express gratitude for the sacrifice of military families.
(Run time 5:32)
By Senior Airman Eric Cullen

1/17/07  Interviews from Iraq- Col. Elicerio, 1/34 Brigade Combat Team commander
Col. David Elicerio, Commander of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, spoke to Minnesota media outlets on the reaction of them being extended in Iraq.
(Run time 20:44)
By Senior Airman Eric Cullen

1/13/07  Department of Defense, Minnesota visit
SFC Rich Kemp talks to Department of Defense senior leaders at the Family Reintegration Academy in Brainerd, Minnesota.
(Run time 3:00)
By Sgt First Class Rich Kemp

1/11/07  MG Shellito's press conference
MG Shellito speaks to the public about the 1st Brigade Combat Team being extended.
(Run time 28:02)

1/5/07  133rd Airlift Wing deploys to Afghanistan
Senior Airman Eric Cullen interviews Airmen about the deployment to Afghanistan.
(Run time 2:08)
By Senior Airman Eric Cullen

1/4/07  1-125 Field Artillery deployment update
Battalion Executive Officer Maj. Brad Ommodt of the 1-125th Field Artillery headquartered out of New Ulm, gives an update on their mission as convoy support in Southwest Asia.
(Run time 3:03)

1/3/07  Gov. Pawlenty speaks at deployment ceremony
Governor Pawlenty speaks at the deployment ceremony of the 147th Personnel Services Battalion Jan. 3, 2007, at the Roseville armory. Introduced by Maj. Gen. Larry Shellito.
(Run time 1:48)

1/2/07  Gov. Pawlenty Inauguration Ceremony
Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty and several other key leaders are sworn in at the Fitzgerald Theater and the Minnesota National Guard was there to be honored during the ceremony.
(Run time 10:27)
By Senior Airman Eric Cullen

12/21/06  Timmerman Drive
The city of Marshall Minnesota renames Artillery Dr. to Timmerman Dr. after 1st Lt. Jason Timmerman.
(Run time 2:49)
By Senior Airman Eric Cullen

12/10/06  Families prepare for Airmen to deploy
Families prepare to be without their family members shortly after the holidays when they deploy to South East Asia.
(Run time 1:13)
By Senior Airman Eric Cullen

11/19/06 133 Airlift Wing Airmen of the Year Ceremony
Four junior enlisted, five NCO’s, and five Senior NCO’s were up against one another in their respected categories for the Airmen of the Year for the 133rd Airlift Wing in St. Paul.
(Run time 1:50)
By Senior Airman Eric Cullen

11/19/06 133 Airlift Wing Change of Command
Col. Timothy Cossalter relinquishes his position as Commander of the 133rd Airlift Wing and passes it on to former Commander of the 133rd Maintenance Group, Col. Gregory Haase.
(Run time 2:09)
By Senior Airman Eric Cullen

11/12/06 Minnesota Vikings Veterans Day celebration
The Minnesota Vikings hosted a “Salute to the Troops” Military Appreciation Day Nov. 12, 2006 against the Green Bay Packers at home. During the game, Service members from all branches participated in engagements with the two teams, as well as fans to honor military members for their service and sacrifice.
By Senior Airman Eric Cullen

11/09/06 LTC Kolb Teleconference
Lt. Col. John Kolb, Officer In Charge of 1st Battalion, 125th Field Artillery discusses his unit’s operations Nov. 9, 2006 from Camp Scania, Iraq

11/02/06 Senator Dayton Visits Iraq
With the Minnesota National Guard deployed in record numbers, U.S. Senator Mark Dayton visited our troops in Iraq.  The Senator reported today from Camp Ader, Iraq.   
By Senior Airman Eric Cullen

10/31/06 Combined Federal Campaign Kickoff
The Combined Federal Campaign is teaming up with the Minnesota National Guard to get service members to contribute to their communities by donating money and doing volunteer work.  Agency Representative for the Joint Force Headquarters, 1st Lt. Shannon Purvis, helped coordinate a luncheon to gather service members to listen to guest speaker, Junior Vice Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Stan Kowalski speak on behalf of the charities.   
By Senior Airman Eric Cullen

10/30/06 The Adjutant General Visits Norway
Maj. Gen. Larry Shellito and Brig. Gen. Jon Trost visited with members of the Norwegian Home Guard.  They were in Norway to officiate the signing of the extension of the Norway-Minnesota bilateral exchange.   
By Senior Airman Eric Cullen

10/15/06 Warrant Officer Graduation
Using limited resources, Minnesota became one of a few states that qualified candidates into Warrant Officers. 
By Senior Airman Eric Cullen

10/12/06 Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Flight
The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve group helped Airman and employers get together for a breakfast and flight aboard a C-130 at the 133rd Airlift Wing in Minneapolis.
By Senior Airman Eric Cullen

10/12/06 Progress in Afghanistan
Command Sergeant Major Boone had his third visit to Afghanistan in September and talks about the progress he’s seen in the country over the last couple of years.
By Senior Airman Eric Cullen

9/30/06 A Unique Proposition
The Minnesota Twins have gone out of their way, this season, to show support to the Military and especially to the deployed troops of the Minnesota National Guard. However, the Twins took it even a step further, Sept. 30, to help a Minnesota National Guard Soldier make a life-changing proposition.
By Senior Airman Eric Cullen

9/13/06 Master Sgt. Shegstad Recruiter's School Tour
The Minnesota Air National Guard is back doing their tours of high schools and colleges for the school year and recruiter Master Sgt. Jim Shegstad explains the purpose of the mission.
By Senior Airman Eric Cullen

9/11/06 Col. Gerdes 9/11 impact on the Minnesota National Guard
On a day of reflection, Col. Kevin Gerdes of the Minnesota Army National Guard talks about the initial impact it had on the Minnesota National Guard.
By Senior Airman Eric Cullen

9/11/06 9-11 Ceremony at State Capitol
Guardsmen, police officers, firefighters, and family members of lost loved one’s of September 11th reflect on that tragic day.
By Senior Airman Eric Cullen

9/7/06 Interviews from Iraq- Command Sgt. Maj. Schilling
Local media interviews service members stationed in Iraq. This week features Sgt. Maj. Schilling of the 134th Brigade Support Battalion.
By Captain Mark Lappegaard

8/29/06 Ms. Jaclyn Schaber Civil Engineering England Annual Training
133rd Civil Engineering Squadron enjoyed their annual training this summer with the Royal Air Force in England.  Civilian, Jaclyn Schaber was willing to talk about their experience.
By Senior Airman Eric Cullen

8/21/06 Master Sgt. Voeller Operation Jump Start
Several Members of the 133rd Airlift Wing in Minneapolis have been a part of keeping our boarders secure as a part of Operation Jump Start in Arizona.  Master Sgt. Rick Voeller talks about his experiences.
By Senior Airman Eric Cullen

8/20/06 Chaplain Major Krogstad Deployment Diego Garcia
Chaplain Major Bruce Krogstad of the 133rd Airlift Wing, was deployed to Diego Garcia over the summer, and goes into great detail of his experiences and explains the need of a Chaplain on a deployment.
By Senior Airman Eric Cullen

8/3/06 Interviews from Iraq- Command Sgt. Maj. Behrends
Local media interviews service members stationed in Iraq. This week features Sgt. Maj. Behrends of the 1-125 Field Artillery Battalion.
By Major Kevin Olson

7/30/06 Lt. Col. Malcolm Youngof the 38th Canadian Brigade Group discusses the relationship and future partnerships opportunities between the 34 Infantry Division and 38th Canadian Brigade Group. (Run time 07:41)

7/27/06 Capt. O'Keefe, United Kingdom Exchange
Capt. O’Keefe discusses his participation in the US/UK exchange.
By Specialist Joe Roos

7/18/06 Col. Sieben Cavity Lake Wildfire
133rd Airlift Wing supports Fire Fight 2006

6/22/06 Interviews from Iraq- Lt. Col. Lieder
Local media interviews service members stationed in Iraq. This week features Lt. Col. Lieder of the 1/34th Brigade Troops Battalion.
By Major Kevin Olson

6/14/06 Interviews from Iraq- Col. Leblanc
Local media interviews service members stationed in Iraq. This week features Col. Leblanc, Brigade Surgeon, of the 1/34 Brigade Combat Team.
By Major Kevin Olson

6/8/06 Interviews from Iraq- Lt. Col. Olson
Local media interviews service members stationed in Iraq. This week features Lt. Col. Olson of the 1/34 Brigade Combat Team.

6/1/06 Interviews from Iraq- Maj. Kulzer
Local media interviews service members stationed in Iraq. This week features Maj. Kulzer of the 1/34 Brigade Combat Team.

5/24/06 Interviews from Iraq- Maj. Melton
Local media interviews service members stationed in Iraq. This week features Maj. Melton of the 2-135th of the 2/34 Brigade Combat Team.

5/18/06 Interviews from Iraq- Lt. Col. Parks
Local media interviews service members stationed in Iraq. This week features Lt. Col. Parks of the 2-136th Combined Arms Battalion.

5/15/06 Vice President Cheney
133rd Airlift Wing hosts Vice President Cheney's visit
By Specialist Joe Roos

5/15/06 1st Sgt. Wasserbauer 148th Fighter Wing
Master Sgt. Mark Wasserbauer, first sergeant of the 148th Fighter Wing, is named a First Sergeant of the Year by the National Guard Association of the United States.
By Staff Sgt. Ken Toole

5/11/06 Interviews from Iraq- Lt. Col. Zimmerman
Local media interviews service members stationed in Iraq. This week features Lt. Col. Zimmerman of the 1/34 Brigade Combat Team.
By Major Kevin Olson

3/30/06 Interviews from Iraq- Col. Elicerio
Local media interviews service members stationed in Iraq. This week features Col. Elicerio of the 1/34 Brigade Combat Team.
By Major Kevin Olson

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