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Before Afghanistan deployment, National Guard soldiers train on enemy weapons in Croatia

During a recent training trip to Croatia, members of the Minnesota National Guard worked with weapons often used by their enemies.
Guard members trained with the Croatian Army on rocket-propelled grenades and other

During a recent training trip to Croatia, members of the Minnesota National Guard worked with weapons often used by their enemies.

Guard members trained with the Croatian Army on rocket-propelled grenades and other weapons before deployment to Afghanistan.

Below, 1st Lt. Lukas Wright talks about how valuable this “time behind the trigger” is for the team.

Croatia is paired with Minnesota in the National Guard’s State Partnership Program. A total of 59 countries take part in the program, with some U.S. states having more than one partner.