Minnesota National Guard stands up new logistics units

January 30, 2021 (BLOOMINGTON, Minnesota) — The lifeblood of the U.S. Army and its remarkable capacity to successfully accomplish a wide range of global missions remains its swift and coordinated control and execution of logistics functions. Without bullets, water and fuel, Soldiers can only accomplish so much. And, of course, for sustained operations, food, shelter… Continue reading Minnesota National Guard stands up new logistics units

Life support for Soldiers in the Desert

Daily temperature checks, diligent isolation and quarantined procedures have proved to be effective in stopping the spread of COVID-19 during the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team’s National Training Center rotation at Fort Irwin, California. On July 26, 2020, Spc. Watson at the 204th Medical Company Area Support Brigade Aid Station checks temperatures at sick call.

July 30, 2020 (FORT IRWIN, California) — While the eye of the National Training Center is on the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division and their 14-day full-scale desert exercise – there is group of nearly 500 additional Minnesota National Guard Soldiers at Fort Irwin, California, supporting them.   “Our main job is… Continue reading Life support for Soldiers in the Desert

Here to Serve

June 25, 2020 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota) — Spc. Isaiah Meza is a Soldier, brother and husband. He is a light-wheeled vehicle mechanic with the 204th Medical Company Area Support Group, as well as a full-time federal technician at Camp Ripley, Minnesota, who is preparing to attend a National Training Center rotation with the 1/34th Armored… Continue reading Here to Serve

Siblings Ski and Serve Together in Minnesota National Guard

Siena (left) and Jakob (right) shoot during a biathlon competition in Utah. Photo provided by Spc. Jakob Ellingson

February 20, 2020 (ST PAUL, Minnesota) – From Belarus to Chile to Northern Italy, biathletes and siblings Siena and Jakob Ellingson have been able to compete at high levels while serving in the Minnesota National Guard as specialists and motor transportation operators with the 114th Transportation Company. Despite not learning how to ski until age… Continue reading Siblings Ski and Serve Together in Minnesota National Guard

Technology keeps tactical operations center running

Soldiers of the 347th Regional Support Group, while conducting their annual training in Fort Hood, Texas, are exercising the ability to execute life support, accountability and sustainment functions. Part of that training includes utilizing the AirBeam command center system, which integrates technology and workspace to provide a climate-controlled, mobile headquarters.

August 10, 2019 (FORT HOOD, Texas) — “It’s all about communication,” said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Frederick Thunborg, brigade information technology chief. “If you can’t talk to people in the battlefield, how do you know what’s going on?” Soldiers of the 347th Regional Support Group, while conducting their annual training in Fort Hood, Texas, are… Continue reading Technology keeps tactical operations center running

Life support sustains the mission at XCTC

Spc. Henderson, information technology specialist, takes on an additional duty to refill a “water buffalo,” essentially a bulk water-storage tank on a trailer, while supporting the 347th Regional Support Group’s annual training in Fort Hood, Texas. Henderson, who also tests and sanitizes water supplies three times a day, has been a do-it-all for the brigade helping out with the many life support functions sustaining the nearly 200 Soldiers in the area.

August 8, 2019 (FORT HOOD, Texas) — “Above all else we make sure Soldiers have safe water, safe facilities and their essential needs are met,” said Master Sgt. Matthew Merrill, brigade logistics non-commissioned officer. “We try to give Soldiers everything they need for a successful event, and get it to them when they need it.”… Continue reading Life support sustains the mission at XCTC

Reception ensures accountability, creates efficiency during brigade training exercise

Spc. Tena Boterman and Spc. Wenny Vang, brigade personnel specialists, set-up to receive Soldiers just arriving for an Exportable Combat Training Capabilities Exercise in Fort Hood, Texas. The accountability data generated on this hot slab of concrete in the middle of almost-nowhere feeds to the highest level of command, ensuring an accurate count during an event involving thousands of Soldiers and hundreds of pieces of equipment.

August 3, 2019 (FORT HOOD, Texas) — “We’re accounting for the U.S. Army’s most important asset – its people,” said Capt. Johnny Villarreal, 347th Regional Support Group personnel officer, while poring over a spreadsheet tracking dozens of troop movements for thousands of Soldiers. “It’s an important piece of what a regional support group can provide… Continue reading Reception ensures accountability, creates efficiency during brigade training exercise

347th RSG contractors enhance training, quality of life for Minnesota Guardsmen

Maj. Luke Thomsen, 347th Regional Support Group contracting officer, checks the generator supplying power for lights and personal devices for Soldiers using one-of-five large, contracted sleeping tents while the brigade conducts support of an Exportable Combat Training Exercise in Fort Hood, Texas. “It’s about providing good customer service,” Thomsen said.

August 2, 2019 (FORT HOOD, Texas) — U.S. Army units have vast spaces to work with for training events. For the Minnesota National Guard, those spaces include Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Irwin, California; and even Camp Ripley Training Center, Minnesota.  These training spaces are all ideal for brigade combat teams conducting tactical maneuvers involving thousands… Continue reading 347th RSG contractors enhance training, quality of life for Minnesota Guardsmen

Minnesota National Guard honors soldiers with welcome home ceremony

The Minnesota National Guard honored 31 soldiers from the 147th Human Resources Company's Casualty Liaison Team 2 and 147th Finance Detachment during a ceremony July 13, 2019, at the Arden Hills Army Training Site. Both units recently returned from overseas deployments to the Middle East. (Minnesota National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Blair Heusdens)

July 14, 2019 (ARDEN HILLS, Minnesota) – Thirty-one soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard’s 147th Finance Detachment and 147th Human Resources Company’s Casualty Liaison Team 2 were officially welcomed home, July 13, 2019, during a ceremony at the Arden Hills Army Training Site. “I cannot express how proud we are of all your efforts,” said… Continue reading Minnesota National Guard honors soldiers with welcome home ceremony

Ceremony planned for Saturday to officially welcome home 31 Minnesota National Guard soldiers

July 12, 2019 (ARDEN HILLS, Minnesota) – Approximately 31 soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard’s 147th Human Resources Company Casualty Liaison Team 2 and 147th Finance Detachment, 347th Regional Support Group recently returned from deployments overseas. The soldiers will be officially welcomed home during a ceremony, Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 1:00 PM at the… Continue reading Ceremony planned for Saturday to officially welcome home 31 Minnesota National Guard soldiers

Third Minnesota National Guard casualty liaison team deploys to Afghanistan

The Minnesota National Guard honors six soldiers from the 147th Human Resources Company, May 18, 2019, prior to their deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. The casualty liaison team is the third of four teams from the unit that will rotate through the mission. (Minnesota National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Blair Heusdens)

May 18, 2019 (ARDEN HILLS, Minnesota) – Family, friends and community members honored six soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard’s 147th Human Resources Company, May 18, 2019, prior to deploying to Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. “This team will have one of the most somber, and mentally and emotionally-challenging missions in Afghanistan,” said… Continue reading Third Minnesota National Guard casualty liaison team deploys to Afghanistan

Minnesota National Guard Human Resource team to deploy to Afghanistan

May 16, 2019 (ARDEN HILLS, Minn.) — Six soldiers from the Minnesota Army National Guard’s, 147th Human Resources Company, 347th Regional Support Group, will depart on May 18, 2019, for a deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. “I’m proud of all the time and work our soldiers have put in to ensuring… Continue reading Minnesota National Guard Human Resource team to deploy to Afghanistan

Arden Hills-based Minnesota National Guardsmen to deploy to Southwest Asia

Jan. 17, 2019 (ARDEN HILLS, Minnesota) — Twenty five Soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard’s Arden Hills-based 247th Financial Management Support Detachment will deploy Saturday to several installations throughout Southwest Asia in support of Operation Spartan Shield. “As a parent and a Soldier, I understand that being away from family and loved ones for this… Continue reading Arden Hills-based Minnesota National Guardsmen to deploy to Southwest Asia

Maintenance company activates, expands services offered by the 347th Regional Support Group

Soldiers of the 434th Support Maintenance Company participate in an activation ceremony at Camp Ripley Training Center on Oct. 21. During the ceremony, presided over by Brigade Commander Col. Stephen Schemenauer, the unit colors were uncased as Capt. Theodore Huebner assumed command of unit, officially becoming the newest unit in the Minnesota National Guard.

Story and photos by Sgt. 1st Class Patrick Loch CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. — The 347th Regional Support Group formally welcomed more than 100 Soldiers into the brigade after an activation ceremony for the newly-formed 434th Support Maintenance Company. The formal initiation into the brigade was more than a year in the making, undertaken by a… Continue reading Maintenance company activates, expands services offered by the 347th Regional Support Group

Minnesota National Guard leaders visit traveling tribute in Austin

May 22, 2018 (AUSTIN, Minnesota) –– 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… Continue reading Minnesota National Guard leaders visit traveling tribute in Austin

Deployed Minnesota Guardsman honors grandfather, Hmong heritage

May 17, 2018 (CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait) — “My heritage is Hmong,” said 21 year-old Minnesota National Guard Spec. Brandon Xiong from his desk at Camp Buehring, Kuwait. “A low-key culture that originated from southern Asia. Hmong is not a place, but it is a people.” Xiong, the eldest grandson of the late Col. Song Leng Xiong,… Continue reading Deployed Minnesota Guardsman honors grandfather, Hmong heritage

347th RSG units test unique capabilities during Combined Support Training Exercise

By Staff Sgt. Patrick Loch 347th Regional Support Group Public Affairs FORT MCCOY, Wisconsin (Aug. 16, 2017) – The 347th Regional Support Group commander and command sergeant major traveled to Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, Aug. 15, 2017, to recognize several Soldiers training there. The 204th Area Medical Support Company, 147th Financial Management Support Detachment and 247th FMSD are… Continue reading 347th RSG units test unique capabilities during Combined Support Training Exercise

347th RSG trains to master tactical, uninterrupted sustainment support

By Staff Sgt. Patrick Loch 347th Regional Support Group Public Affairs CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. (Aug. 10, 2017) – After three busy days establishing a field command post and integrating units from across the country, the 347th Regional Support Group is underway with a three-week Combat Support Training Exercise during annual training at Camp Ripley. It began… Continue reading 347th RSG trains to master tactical, uninterrupted sustainment support

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Minnesota National Guard contract acquisition team to deploy

By Capt. Melanie Nelson 347th Regional Support Group Public Affairs CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. (Jan. 15, 2017) – Four Soldiers from the Minnesota Army National Guard’s Little Falls-based 1903rd Support Detachment, 347th Regional Support Group will deploy for a nine-month contracting mission at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel. “The Soldiers are motivated, trained… Continue reading Minnesota National Guard contract acquisition team to deploy

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347th RSG’s top Soldiers gut it out for title of Best Warrior

Sgt. Jonathon Pobuda (3rd from left), 147th Human Resources Company, leads a squad during a tactical movement exercise during Day 2 of the 347th Regional Support Groupâs Best Warrior Competition at Camp Ripley Training Center from Oct. 14 to 16, 2016. Spc. William Roberson, 147th Human Resources Company, is on point, while 2 non-evaluated support-staff join the patrol to make up an squad-size element. (Minnesota National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Patrick Loch)

By Staff Sgt. Patrick Loch 347th Regional Support Group Public Affairs CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. (Oct. 17, 2016) – The 347th Regional Support Group hosted a brigade-level Best Warrior Competition at Camp Ripley Training Center from Oct. 14 to 16, 2016, to select the brigade’s Best NCO and Best Soldier – both of whom will represent the brigade… Continue reading 347th RSG’s top Soldiers gut it out for title of Best Warrior