HCA: Minnesota, Montana ANG teams with Croatian Army for school construction project
U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 133rd and 148th Civil Engineering Squadrons and 219th RED HORSE Squadron, along with members of the Croatian army, performed a renovation project along with unloading a much-needed donation of school supplies at an elementary school in Ogulin, Croatia.
A Croatian Army member cuts a piece of tile before attaching it to a bathroom wall at an elementary school in Ogulin, Croatia, June 27, 2014. The school bathrooms are being renovated by Airmen from the 133rd and 148th Civil Engineering Squadron, and 219th Red Horse Squadron in partnership with the Croatian Army. Croatia is a Minnesota State Partner under the National Guard State Partnership Program.
9 photos: HCA: Minnesota, Montana ANG teams with Croatian Army for school construction project
Photo 1 of 9: A Croatian Army member cuts a piece of tile before attaching it to a bathroom wall at an elementary school in Ogulin, Croatia, June 27, 2014. The school bathrooms are being renovated by Airmen from the 133rd and 148th Civil Engineering Squadron, and 219th Red Horse Squadron in partnership with the Croatian Army. Croatia is a Minnesota State Partner under the National Guard State Partnership Program. Download full-resolution version
Croatian Army Lt. Gen. Dragutin Repinc gives a farewell speech to U.S. Air Force Airmen and Croation Army members at an elementary school in Ogulin, Croatia, July 4, 2014. U.S. Airmen from the 133rd and 148th Civil Engineering Squadron and 219th Red Horse Squadron in partnership with the Croatian Army renovated bathrooms at the school. Lt Gen. Repinc thanked everyone for their work.
9 photos: HCA: Minnesota, Montana ANG teams with Croatian Army for construction project
Photo 2 of 9: Croatian Army Lt. Gen. Dragutin Repinc gives a farewell speech to U.S. Air Force Airmen and Croation Army members at an elementary school in Ogulin, Croatia, July 4, 2014. U.S. Airmen from the 133rd and 148th Civil Engineering Squadron and 219th Red Horse Squadron in partnership with the Croatian Army renovated bathrooms at the school. Lt Gen. Repinc thanked everyone for their work. Download full-resolution version
U.S. Air Force Capt. Fernando Nacionales, right, reviews a schedule of construction tasks to be completed with Croatian Army members at an elementary school in Ogulin, Croatia, June 23, 2014. The school bathrooms are being renovated by Airmen from the 133rd and 148th Civil Engineering Squadron, and 219th Red Horse Squadron in partnership with the Croatian Army. Croatia is the Minnesota State Partner under the National Guard State Partnership Program.
9 photos: HCA: Minnesota, Montana ANG teams with Croatian Army for school construction project
Photo 3 of 9: U.S. Air Force Capt. Fernando Nacionales, right, reviews a schedule of construction tasks to be completed with Croatian Army members at an elementary school in Ogulin, Croatia, June 23, 2014. The school bathrooms are being renovated by Airmen from the 133rd and 148th Civil Engineering Squadron, and 219th Red Horse Squadron in partnership with the Croatian Army. Croatia is the Minnesota State Partner under the National Guard State Partnership Program. Download full-resolution version
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt Randy Best, 133rd Civil Engineering Squadron, helps unload bags of cement mix at an elementary school in Ogulin, Croatia, June 27, 2014. The school bathrooms are being renovated by Airmen from the 133rd and 148th Civil Engineering Squadron, and 219th Red Horse Squadron in partnership with the Croatian Army. Croatia is the Minnesota State Partner under the National Guard State Partnership Program.
9 photos: HCA: Minnesota, Montana ANG teams with Croatian Army for school construction project
Photo 4 of 9: U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt Randy Best, 133rd Civil Engineering Squadron, helps unload bags of cement mix at an elementary school in Ogulin, Croatia, June 27, 2014. The school bathrooms are being renovated by Airmen from the 133rd and 148th Civil Engineering Squadron, and 219th Red Horse Squadron in partnership with the Croatian Army. Croatia is the Minnesota State Partner under the National Guard State Partnership Program. Download full-resolution version
Diana Marsic, with the Office of Defense Cooperation at the U.S. Embassy in Zagreb, Croatia, right, meets with U.S. Air Force Airmen at an elementary school in Ogulin, Croatia, June 26, 2014. The school bathrooms are being renovated by Airmen from the 133rd and 148th Civil Engineering Squadron, and 219th Red Horse Squadron in partnership with the Croatian Army.
9 photos: HCA: Minnesota, Montana ANG teams with Croatian Army for school construction project
Photo 5 of 9: Diana Marsic, with the Office of Defense Cooperation at the U.S. Embassy in Zagreb, Croatia, right, meets with U.S. Air Force Airmen at an elementary school in Ogulin, Croatia, June 26, 2014. The school bathrooms are being renovated by Airmen from the 133rd and 148th Civil Engineering Squadron, and 219th Red Horse Squadron in partnership with the Croatian Army. Download full-resolution version
Croatian Army Lt. Gen. Dragutin Repinc meets with U.S. Air Force Capt. Fernando Nacionales and Airmen at an elementary school in Ogulin, Croatia, June 23, 2014. Repinc is checking in on the work being completed by U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 133rd and 148th Civil Engineering Squadrons and 219th Red Horse Squadron in partnership with the Croatian Army.  Croatia is a Minnesota State Partner under the National Guard State Partnership Program.
9 photos: HCA: Minnesota, Montana ANG teams with Croatian Army for school construction project
Photo 6 of 9: Croatian Army Lt. Gen. Dragutin Repinc meets with U.S. Air Force Capt. Fernando Nacionales and Airmen at an elementary school in Ogulin, Croatia, June 23, 2014. Repinc is checking in on the work being completed by U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 133rd and 148th Civil Engineering Squadrons and 219th Red Horse Squadron in partnership with the Croatian Army. Croatia is a Minnesota State Partner under the National Guard State Partnership Program. Download full-resolution version
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Randy Best grinds down an old pipe at an elementary school in Ogulin, Croatia, June 24, 2014. The school bathrooms are being renovated by Airmen from the 133rd and 148th Civil Engineering Squadron, and 219th Red Horse Squadron in partnership with the Croatian Army. Croatia is the Minnesota State Partner under the National Guard State Partnership Program.
9 photos: HCA: Minnesota, Montana ANG teams with Croatian Army for school construction project
Photo 7 of 9: U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Randy Best grinds down an old pipe at an elementary school in Ogulin, Croatia, June 24, 2014. The school bathrooms are being renovated by Airmen from the 133rd and 148th Civil Engineering Squadron, and 219th Red Horse Squadron in partnership with the Croatian Army. Croatia is the Minnesota State Partner under the National Guard State Partnership Program. Download full-resolution version
U.S. Air Force Airmen unload construction material off a truck at an elementary school in Ogulin, Croatia, June 20, 2014. The school bathrooms are being renovated by Airmen from the 133rd and 148th Civil Engineering Squadron, and 219th Red Horse Squadron in partnership with the Croatian Army. Croatia is a Minnesota State Partner under the National Guard State Partnership Program.
9 photos: HCA: Minnesota, Montana ANG teams with Croatian Army for school construction project
Photo 8 of 9: U.S. Air Force Airmen unload construction material off a truck at an elementary school in Ogulin, Croatia, June 20, 2014. The school bathrooms are being renovated by Airmen from the 133rd and 148th Civil Engineering Squadron, and 219th Red Horse Squadron in partnership with the Croatian Army. Croatia is a Minnesota State Partner under the National Guard State Partnership Program. Download full-resolution version
Members of the Croatian Army cut a piece of tile at an elementary school in Ogulin, Croatia, June 27, 2014. The school bathrooms are being renovated by Airmen from the 133rd and 148th Civil Engineering Squadron, and 219th Red Horse Squadron in partnership with the Croatian Army. Croatia is a Minnesota State Partner under the National Guard State Partnership Program.
9 photos: HCA: Minnesota, Montana ANG teams with Croatian Army for school construction project
Photo 9 of 9: Members of the Croatian Army cut a piece of tile at an elementary school in Ogulin, Croatia, June 27, 2014. The school bathrooms are being renovated by Airmen from the 133rd and 148th Civil Engineering Squadron, and 219th Red Horse Squadron in partnership with the Croatian Army. Croatia is a Minnesota State Partner under the National Guard State Partnership Program. Download full-resolution version
A Croatian Army member cuts a piece of tile before attaching it to a bathroom wall at an elementary school in Ogulin, Croatia, June 27, 2014. The school bathrooms are being renovated by Airmen from the 133rd and 148th Civil Engineering Squadron, and 219th Red Horse Squadron in partnership with the Croatian Army. Croatia is a Minnesota State Partner under the National Guard State Partnership Program.
Croatian Army Lt. Gen. Dragutin Repinc gives a farewell speech to U.S. Air Force Airmen and Croation Army members at an elementary school in Ogulin, Croatia, July 4, 2014. U.S. Airmen from the 133rd and 148th Civil Engineering Squadron and 219th Red Horse Squadron in partnership with the Croatian Army renovated bathrooms at the school. Lt Gen. Repinc thanked everyone for their work.
U.S. Air Force Capt. Fernando Nacionales, right, reviews a schedule of construction tasks to be completed with Croatian Army members at an elementary school in Ogulin, Croatia, June 23, 2014. The school bathrooms are being renovated by Airmen from the 133rd and 148th Civil Engineering Squadron, and 219th Red Horse Squadron in partnership with the Croatian Army. Croatia is the Minnesota State Partner under the National Guard State Partnership Program.
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt Randy Best, 133rd Civil Engineering Squadron, helps unload bags of cement mix at an elementary school in Ogulin, Croatia, June 27, 2014. The school bathrooms are being renovated by Airmen from the 133rd and 148th Civil Engineering Squadron, and 219th Red Horse Squadron in partnership with the Croatian Army. Croatia is the Minnesota State Partner under the National Guard State Partnership Program.
Diana Marsic, with the Office of Defense Cooperation at the U.S. Embassy in Zagreb, Croatia, right, meets with U.S. Air Force Airmen at an elementary school in Ogulin, Croatia, June 26, 2014. The school bathrooms are being renovated by Airmen from the 133rd and 148th Civil Engineering Squadron, and 219th Red Horse Squadron in partnership with the Croatian Army.
Croatian Army Lt. Gen. Dragutin Repinc meets with U.S. Air Force Capt. Fernando Nacionales and Airmen at an elementary school in Ogulin, Croatia, June 23, 2014. Repinc is checking in on the work being completed by U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 133rd and 148th Civil Engineering Squadrons and 219th Red Horse Squadron in partnership with the Croatian Army.  Croatia is a Minnesota State Partner under the National Guard State Partnership Program.
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Randy Best grinds down an old pipe at an elementary school in Ogulin, Croatia, June 24, 2014. The school bathrooms are being renovated by Airmen from the 133rd and 148th Civil Engineering Squadron, and 219th Red Horse Squadron in partnership with the Croatian Army. Croatia is the Minnesota State Partner under the National Guard State Partnership Program.
U.S. Air Force Airmen unload construction material off a truck at an elementary school in Ogulin, Croatia, June 20, 2014. The school bathrooms are being renovated by Airmen from the 133rd and 148th Civil Engineering Squadron, and 219th Red Horse Squadron in partnership with the Croatian Army. Croatia is a Minnesota State Partner under the National Guard State Partnership Program.
Members of the Croatian Army cut a piece of tile at an elementary school in Ogulin, Croatia, June 27, 2014. The school bathrooms are being renovated by Airmen from the 133rd and 148th Civil Engineering Squadron, and 219th Red Horse Squadron in partnership with the Croatian Army. Croatia is a Minnesota State Partner under the National Guard State Partnership Program.

OGULIN, Croatia - Most elementary students around the U.S. have the opportunity of attending schools that can offer them desks to sit in and a foundation that can house them. One elementary school in Croatia needed a little help, and Airmen from the Minnesota and Montana Air National Guard, along with the Croatian army, were able to offer their services.

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 133rd and 148th Civil Engineering Squadrons and 219th RED HORSE Squadron, along with members of the Croatian army, performed a renovation project along with unloading a much-needed donation of school supplies at an elementary school in Ogulin, Croatia.

The supplies were donated from school closures in Germany, base closures at U.S. Army installations in Europe, people within the U.S. and other various locations. The donated items were housed at a central location in Germany until they could be distributed to those in need or those affected by natural disasters. The U.S. Embassy in Zagreb, Croatia, aided in getting the supplies transferred to the school. Everything from desks, chairs, paper and even a piano were delivered in early July.

“The school furniture arriving here compliments the work being done by National Guard Airmen,” said Diana Marsic, U.S. Embassy Zagreb, Croatia.

The school renovation aspect was part of a humanitarian civic assistance program supported by the U.S. Army, United States European Command, and 409th Contracting Support Brigade.

Bathrooms, as well as other infrastructure items, at the school were in need of repair. The construction work was performed by U.S. Air Force Airmen from the Minnesota and Montana National Guard in partnership with the Croatian army. Croatia is a Minnesota state partner under the National Guard State Partnership Program.

The supplies were donated in addition to the construction work completed.

There was some concern the second week into the project. The two large delivery trucks had been delayed multiple times, and there was question as to whether or not they would arrive in time. However, everything arrived and was unloaded into the school. U.S. National Guard Airmen and members of the Croatian army took a break from their renovation work and unloaded the supplies. The supplies and renovation will help enrich the lives and education of the students attending the elementary school. All the military members involved, as well as the local residents, were very thankful for the timing.

Andelka Salopek, principal of the elementary school, said, “We are so happy to get these school materials, and we are very thankful for this donation.”

A few citizens of Ogulin watched as the supplies were delivered with smiles on their faces. There were also a few students that started to gather around the delivery trucks. They attempted to help the Airmen and Croatian army members by grabbing empty pallets and trash, moving them out of the way. There was a strong sense of camaraderie and a willingness to work together amongst the U.S. National Guard Airmen, members of the Croatian army, and citizens of Ogulin, Croatia, in regards to this great donation for a school in need.

These partnerships for peace create long-lasting relationships and instill growth among a vastly growing global economy.
 

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