Third Minnesota National Guard casualty liaison team deploys to Afghanistan
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 Col. Stephen
Schemenauer, Commander of the 347th Regional Support Group. “Dealing
with casualties on the battlefield in support of the theater combat support
hospital where they will conduct casualty operations and reporting for the
coalition’s joint task force headquarters.”
The six soldiers will serve as a casualty liaison team and are
the third team in an ongoing rotation of four from the unit that have been
conducting the mission in Afghanistan.
During the deployment ceremony, leaders from the Minnesota
National Guard thanked the families for their sacrifices and reassured them of
their commitment to providing resources and support while their loved ones are
“They are only able to balance careers, personal lives and military
duties with the love and support of their families and employers,” said
The soldiers will travel to Fort Bliss, Texas, where they
will conduct additional training prior to their deployment overseas.
“I have no doubt that you will make this brigade, the Minnesota
Army National Guard and our state extremely proud,” said Schemenauer. “Take care
of yourself, take care of each other and rest assured that we will take care of
your families back here.”