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Minnesota National Guard
Company B, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 211th Aviation Regiment

Lifting an A-10

MN aircraft 101 (with a MN & IA pilot) lifting an A-10 on Wednesday 19 May.

Unit Information

The mission of Co B 2-211th GSAB, when ordered by the President of the United States is to mobilize and deploy to a theater of operations to provide air assault and aerial movement of troops, equipment and supplies, for support of maneuver, combat and combat service support operations. On order from the Governor of Minnesota, they provide support to civil authorities in response to state and local emergencies.

Flying CH-47 Chinook Cargo Helicopters -- the unit is known in Iraq as "The Bootleggers." B Co. was organized on October 1, 2005 as a result of Army Transformation with its Battalion Headquartered in West Jordan, Utah. After having been formed for only six months, B Co. 2-211th was mobilized in March of 2006 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Mobilization training was conducted at Ft. Hood, Texas where they joined over 600 Soldiers from Utah, Nebraska, Florida, Arkansas and Colorado, along with individual ready-reservists to form the 2-135th General Support Aviation Battalion, headquartered at Buckley AFB, CO.

The unit arrived in the Middle East in late August of 2006 as Task Force Blackjack under the 36th Combat Aviation Brigade. While operating out of Balad, Iraq the CH-47's flew over 7,000 Combat Flight Hours, conducted over 100 air assaults involving 15,500 troops. Overall Taskforce Blackjack flew 5,400 combat missions that totaled 23,000 flight hours, and flew 17 hostages to safety.

The unit returned home to the United States on August 12, 2007 and returned safely to Minnesota on the 18th of August.

"B Co. again deployed in 2011 in support of Operation New Dawn along with its sister company located in Iowa. While deployed, B Co. set an aviation record for greatest number of hours flown in a 30-day period, a total of 1,039.1 hours, setting a Chinook company record for Operation Iraqi Freedom and OND. The unit flew a total of 7,723.4 hours during its deployment.

Not long after taking command in Iraq, command directed all Chinook missions to be flown at night. This meant most of the pilot and crew logged their flight hours while using Night Vision Devices. This led to the unit taking the moniker "All Night Long" - a nickname that got the attention of the song's artist, Lionel Richie:

CBS Video "Lionel Richie becomes mascot for National Guard unit"

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Community Connections

Unit Address: 1710 Veterans Drive St Cloud, MN 56303
Unit Telephone: 651-268-8459
Recruiter Telephone: 651-297-8762

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Minnesota National Guard Leadership

Minnesota Adjutant General Maj. Gen.
Jon A. Jensen
Generally Speaking
Senior Enlisted Advisor
Command Sgt. Maj. Douglas Wortham
On Center Ice
Unit Command Structure

Joint Force Headquarters

-35th Infantry Division

--34th Combat Aviation Brigade (for training and administration)

---2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 211th Aviation Regiment

----B Company, 2-211 GSAB

Unit Leadership

Commander  1SG
1st Lt. Katrina Hopkins
B 2-211 GSAB

Sgt. 1st Class Bradley Fossey
B 2-211 GSAB
Major Unit Equipment

CH-47 Chinook.pdf

HMMWV (Hummer).pdf

See the list of major equipment used by the Minnesota National Guard.
Unit Occupational Specialties

15F- Aircraft Electrician

15P- Aviatlon Operations Specialist

15T- UH-60 Helicopter Repairer

25U- Signal Support Systems Specialist

63B- Light-Wheel Vehicle Mechanic

68W- Health Care Specialist

92Y- Unit Supply Specialist

See the complete list of specialties in the Minnesota National Guard.
Unit Links

34th Infantry Division Association

35th Infantry Division Association

Family Support

Aviation Careers

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Unit Friends and Family

Unit Articles

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Minnesota Guardsmen tasked for support to Hurricane Irma relief efforts

Families recognized for sacrifices during Guard deployment

St. Cloud aviators deploy to Afghanistan

St. Cloud aviators set to deploy to Afghanistan

Aviation Brigade Strengthens Force with Chinook Upgrade

Minnesota National Guard Announces Upcoming Deployment of Eighty Soldiers
2 Sep., 2010

B. Co. 2-211 Official Welcome Home Ceremony
23 Sep., 2007

2-211 General Support Aviation Battalion Returns from Iraq
18 Aug., 2007