A monument built from kindness, compassion and empathy

Three Minnesota National Guardsmen were honored May 16, 2021, with the dedication of a memorial at the site of a Dec. 5, 2019, helicopter crash that killed three in Kimball, Minnesota. The public memorial honors Chief Warrant Officer 2 James Rogers Jr., Chief Warrant Officer 2 Charles P. Nord and Warrant Officer Candidate Kort M. Plantenberg, all members of Company C, 2-211th General Support Aviation Battalion.

May 19, 2021 (KIMBALL, Minnesota) — The official dedication of the Minnesota Army National Guard Fallen Soldiers Memorial took place May 16, 2021, in Kimball, Minnesota, to honor three Minnesota National Guard Soldiers who were killed Dec. 5, 2019, when a Black Hawk helicopter crashed during a maintenance test flight. Chief Warrant Officer 2 James… Continue reading A monument built from kindness, compassion and empathy

St. Cloud-based aviation unit honored prior to deployment

February 8, 2021 (ST. CLOUD, Minnesota) — Soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard’s St. Cloud-based B Company, 1-171st General Support Aviation Battalion participated in a deployment ceremony, February 8, 2021, prior to departing for a nine-month deployment in support of Operation Spartan Shield and Operation Inherent Resolve. “Your unit is the most valuable asset to… Continue reading St. Cloud-based aviation unit honored prior to deployment

Aviation headquarters transitions to new location

January 28, 2021 (INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minnesota) — Soldiers with the 34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade (34th ECAB) are transitioning their headquarters unit from the Army Aviation Support Facility #1 (AASF#1) in St. Paul, Minnesota, to the Inver Grove Heights armory as part of a longstanding plan to move the unit into a more functional building.… Continue reading Aviation headquarters transitions to new location

34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade to Return Home

October 19, 2020 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) – Nearly 700 soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard’s St. Paul-based 34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade are returning home this week after a year deployed in support of Operation Spartan Shield and Operation Inherent Resolve. “Task Force Red Devils operated in a volatile environment at the beginning of the… Continue reading 34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade to Return Home

Red Devils show resolve during Middle East deployment

September 20, 2020 (CAMP BUERHRING, KUWAIT) — The 34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade (ECAB) assumed authority of the aviation support mission for Operation Inherent Resolve and Operation Spartan Shield Jan. 2, 2020. The ECAB consists of nearly 2,000 members from active duty components, multiple National Guard units across 10 states and additional Coalition service members… Continue reading Red Devils show resolve during Middle East deployment

From Ground to the Air – Thirty One Years of Service

September 3, 2020 — Spanning a career of over 30 years, Chief Warrant Officer 5 Jason Wright shares experiences working his way from the ground up – quite literally. Wright began his career as an enlisted Cavalry Scout (19D) with the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment (ACR) back in 1989. His first deployment experience stands out… Continue reading From Ground to the Air – Thirty One Years of Service

The Dubois Family Doubles Down

(Left to right) Pfc. Nicole Dubois stands next to her sister, Spc. Sarah Dubois at their usual lunch spot in front of their 834th Aviation Support Battalion T-Wall on July 29, 2020.

August 21, 2020 (CAMP BUEHRING, KUWAIT) — “I wouldn’t say that military service is a tradition in my family,” said Spc. Sarah Dubois. “But it’s pretty nice having all my siblings serve.” As an airfield management specialist with Alpha Company, 834th Aviation Support Battalion, Sarah is currently deployed with her sister, Pfc. Nicole Dubois, an… Continue reading The Dubois Family Doubles Down

Minnesota National Guard releases summary of investigation results from 2019 helicopter accident

August 5, 2020 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — The Minnesota National Guard is releasing a summary of the results from the military investigation board appointed by the Adjutant General to provide an accurate account of the Dec. 5, 2019, crash of a Minnesota National Guard UH-60L aircraft that resulted in the tragic death of three crew… Continue reading Minnesota National Guard releases summary of investigation results from 2019 helicopter accident

Sgt. Shanice Buckhalton: To serve her country and community

Sgt. Shanice Buckhalton is currently deployed to the Middle East as an administration non-commissioned officer with the Headquarters Support Company, 834th Aviation Support Battalion, 34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade.

February 20, 2020 (KUWAIT) – As an administration non-commissioned officer for the Headquarters Support Company, 834th Aviation Support Battalion, Sgt. Shanice Buckhalton has a long list of goals to accomplish during her first deployment. While completing her Bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Southwest Minnesota State University and fulfilling the 100 volunteer hours she needs… Continue reading Sgt. Shanice Buckhalton: To serve her country and community

Press resources for Minnesota National Guard helicopter crash

UPDATE: August 5, 2020 – Minnesota National Guard releases summary of investigation results from 2019 helicopter accident At 1:55 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, a Minnesota National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter took off from the St. Cloud Airport to conduct a routine maintenance flight. Shortly after takeoff, the pilots initiated a MAYDAY call… Continue reading Press resources for Minnesota National Guard helicopter crash

Minnesota National Guard identifies three soldiers killed

December 7, 2019 (ST. CLOUD, Minn.) — The Minnesota National Guard releases the names of the three soldiers killed in the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crash, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, southwest of St. Cloud. The deceased are: Chief Warrant Officer 2 James A. Rogers Jr., age 28 Chief Warrant Officer 2 Charles P. Nord, age… Continue reading Minnesota National Guard identifies three soldiers killed

Minnesota National Guard to hold press conference Saturday

December 6, 2019 (ST. CLOUD, Minnesota) — The Minnesota National Guard will hold a press conference Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, at 3:00 p.m. at the Army Aviation Support Facility located at 2185 45th Avenue SE, St. Cloud, MN 56304. Leaders of the Minnesota National Guard will speak during the press conference and a limited number… Continue reading Minnesota National Guard to hold press conference Saturday

Minnesota aviators honored prior to deployment

September 20, 2019 (St. Paul, Minnesota) – The Minnesota National Guard honored nearly 700 soldiers from the St. Paul-based 34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade prior to their upcoming deployment in support of Operation Spartan Shield and Operation Inherent Resolve during a ceremony in Eden Prairie, September 20, 2019.     “In a nation where eight percent… Continue reading Minnesota aviators honored prior to deployment

Minnesota aviators welcomed home from deployment

June 29, 2019 (ST CLOUD, Minnesota) — The Minnesota National Guard officially welcomed home 52 soldiers from Company C, 2-211th General Support Aviation Battalion, June 29, 2019, at the St. Cloud Rivers Edge Convention Center. The soldiers returned to Minnesota in early May after deploying in support of Operation Spartan Shield to provide aerial medical… Continue reading Minnesota aviators welcomed home from deployment

Welcome home ceremony planned for St. Cloud aviators

June 27, 2019 (ST. CLOUD, Minn.) – More than 50 soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard’s Company C, 2-211th General Support Aviation Battalion will be officially welcomed home during a ceremony, June 29, 2019, at 3:00 p.m. at the St. Cloud Rivers Edge Convention Center. The soldiers returned to Minnesota in early May after a… Continue reading Welcome home ceremony planned for St. Cloud aviators

34th ECAB Showcases Aviation Capabilities for Employers

June 10, 2019 (ST. PAUL, Minn.) — More than 60 Minnesota employers visited Holman Field in St. Paul, June 5, 2019, to get a feel for what their employees who are members of the Minnesota National Guard’s 34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade do while they are at military training. Most Minnesota National Guard soldiers serve… Continue reading 34th ECAB Showcases Aviation Capabilities for Employers

Minnesota aviators support Nebraska flood fight

March 24, 2019 (ST. CLOUD, Minnesota) — Ten soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard’s 34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade departed Wednesday for Grand Island, Nebraska to assist with flood-fighting efforts. The Nebraska National Guard’s aviation unit is currently deployed to Afghanistan and requested support from the Minnesota National Guard. Areas of Nebraska have been heavily… Continue reading Minnesota aviators support Nebraska flood fight

Minnesota-based aviation unit takes part in Warfighter Exercise

June 8, 2018 (CAMP ATTERBURY, Indiana)  — 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… Continue reading Minnesota-based aviation unit takes part in Warfighter Exercise

Minnesota Aviators lead multi-state National Guard partnership for NTC rotation

May 21, 2018 (FORT IRWIN, California) — The Minnesota National Guard’s 2nd Battalion, 147th Assault Helicopter Battalion is working together with aviation units from four different states to provide support to the Tennessee-based 278th Armored Calvary Regiment during a rotation at National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California. Making up Task Force Ragnar is Utah-based B… Continue reading Minnesota Aviators lead multi-state National Guard partnership for NTC rotation

Minnesota-based aviation unit honors storied division, enters into new, ‘expeditionary’ era

By 1st Lt. Eric Jungels 34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs ST. PAUL, Minn. (Dec. 12, 2017) – Soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard’s 34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade (ECAB), who recently celebrated a year full of achievements, have embraced a new name: Red Devils. The St. Paul-based unit hosted its annual aviation brigade ball Dec.… Continue reading Minnesota-based aviation unit honors storied division, enters into new, ‘expeditionary’ era

Minnesota aviators participate in Talisman Saber 17, lay foundation for Warfighter Training Exercise

By 1st Lt. Eric Jungels 34th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. (July 25, 2017) – More than 140 Soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard’s 34th Combat Aviation Brigade recently wrapped up participation here in the seventh iteration of the biennial training exercise Talisman Saber. The St. Paul, Minnesota-based Soldiers were among 33,000 U.S. and… Continue reading Minnesota aviators participate in Talisman Saber 17, lay foundation for Warfighter Training Exercise

Minnesota-based Combat Aviation Unit Soars into Battle Phase of Bilateral Training Exercise

By 1st Lt. Eric Jungels 34th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs CAMP ATTERBURY, Indiana (July 16, 2017) – More than 140 Soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard’s 34th Combat Aviation Brigade have established a presence at Camp Atterbury, Indiana, where they are supporting and engaging in high-level military operations and synchronization training. Members of the St. Paul,… Continue reading Minnesota-based Combat Aviation Unit Soars into Battle Phase of Bilateral Training Exercise

St. Paul-based Combat Aviation Brigade welcomes new senior enlisted leader

By 1st Lt. Eric Jungels 34th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs ARDEN HILLS, Minn. (May 23, 2017) – The Minnesota National Guard’s 34th Combat Aviation Brigade welcomed a new senior enlisted leader during a change of responsibility ceremony, May 21, 2017, at the Arden Hills Army Training Site. Command Sgt. Maj. Mitchell Hellkamp assumed duties as the… Continue reading St. Paul-based Combat Aviation Brigade welcomes new senior enlisted leader

Families recognized for sacrifices during Guard deployment

By Master Sgt. Ashlee Sherrill 34th Red Bull Infantry Division Public Affairs ST. CLOUD, Minn. (May 22, 2017) – Soldiers of B Co., 2-211th General Support Aviation Battalion were welcomed home May 20, 2017, at the River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud, Minnesota. During the ceremony, families were recognized for their sacrifices during the year-long… Continue reading Families recognized for sacrifices during Guard deployment

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