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Minnesota to the Baltics: National Guard troops training in Northern Europe

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MOORHEAD—This will be a summer trip to remember, but it's no vacation.

Members of the Minnesota National Guard out of Moorhead and Northwestern Minnesota are in the Baltics as part of a massive Allied Training exercise.

The men and women of Minnesota's Red Bull division are working side by side soldiers from Estonia, Latvia and a dozen more countries.

700 Minnesota guard members, most of them from the Moorhead unit.

It is called Saber Strike Seventeen, it is a month of intense training.

11,000 people all working together; Air Drops, Tanks, U.S. Bombers and Helicopters.

The training is a way for NATO allies to strengthen partnerships, so there is better preparation when these soldiers are needed around the world in time of crisis or war.

"This type of training proves time and time again, the commitment of interoperability of nato forces, the Minnesota national guard is postured to provide logistic support in time of crisis," says Captain Tim Reichert, Company Commander-136th/Moorhead.

The 136th out of Moorhead has been in Lithuania since late May.

Plans are for the men and women to return back home at the end of June.

Kevin Wallevand

Kevin Wallevand has been a Reporter at WDAY-TV since 1983. He is a native of Vining, Minnesota in Otter Tail County. His series and documentary work have brought him to Africa, Vietnam, Haiti, Kosovo, South America, Mongolia and the Middle East. He is an Emmy and Edward R. Murrow award recipient.

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