Camp Ripley Ammunitions Supply Point receives above average rating in recent inspection

June 4, 2021 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota) – An ammunition review team from the Defense Ammunition Center recently visited Camp Ripley to conduct a Department of the Army inspection of the Ammunition Supply Point. During the three-day inspection, the team determined that Camp Ripley is above the average in compliance for the National Guard. Camp Ripley… Continue reading Camp Ripley Ammunitions Supply Point receives above average rating in recent inspection

Minnesota Army National Guard Military Funeral Honors surpasses 50,000 funerals supported

May 29, 2021 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — Despite a brief slowdown of operations due to COVID-19 last year, the Minnesota Army National Guard’s military funeral honors program saw a significant milestone in March of this year, surpassing 50,000 funerals supported. The Minnesota National Guard Military Funeral Honors program began in 2004 and conducted approximately 300… Continue reading Minnesota Army National Guard Military Funeral Honors surpasses 50,000 funerals supported

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Camp Ripley-based Minnesota Guardsmen set to deploy to Eastern Europe

May 25, 2021 (LITTLE FALLS, Minnesota) — Less than 10 members of the Minnesota-based detachment of the 107th Maintenance Company will deploy to Eastern Europe to provide maintenance support to U.S. service members and allied forces operating in the U.S. European Command area of operations. The soldiers will be honored Thursday, May 27, 2021, at… Continue reading Camp Ripley-based Minnesota Guardsmen set to deploy to Eastern Europe

Minnesota National Guard breaks ground on new facilities in New Ulm

May 20, 2021 (NEW ULM, Minnesota) — The Minnesota National Guard broke ground today on a nearly $30 million construction project in New Ulm to build a new Field Maintenance Shop and a new Readiness Center over the next four years. The coordination and vision for the project began a decade ago between the city… Continue reading Minnesota National Guard breaks ground on new facilities in New Ulm

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

New Ulm Field Maintenance Shop Groundbreaking

May 18, 2021 (NEW ULM, Minnesota) – The Minnesota National Guard is breaking ground on a new Field Maintenance Shop and Readiness Center in New Ulm Thursday, May 20, at 11:00 a.m. “Field Maintenance Shops and Readiness Centers are essential networks that connect the National Guard to the public, employers, cities, and the state. This… Continue reading New Ulm Field Maintenance Shop Groundbreaking

Hastings-based 434th Chemical Company to deploy Saturday

May 13, 2021 (HASTINGS, Minnesota) — Approximately 150 Soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard’s 434th Chemical Company, based in Hastings and Red Wing, will deploy to Kuwait in support of Operation Spartan Shield. While deployed, the Soldiers will provide Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) defense in the area of operations. The unit is trained… Continue reading Hastings-based 434th Chemical Company to deploy Saturday

Minnesota National Guard family embraces service

April 30, 2021 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota) – Each April, Americans recognize and honor the more than 2 million military children during the Month of the Military Child. For one Minnesota National Guard family, balancing a deployment, State Active Duty and four kids is taxing. “It’s challenging, especially with a dual military family,” said Capt. Angela… Continue reading Minnesota National Guard family embraces service

Airmen First

April 28, 2021 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — As the verdict in the former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin trial was announced, U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 133rd Airlift Wing were staged and ready to secure the Minneapolis Convention Center. The Airmen were just 50 pieces to a 3,000-piece puzzle, activated to support Operation Safety… Continue reading Airmen First

Minnesota Guardsmen to return from Africa deployment

April 21, 2021 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) – Over 700 Soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard’s 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry Regiment headquartered in Mankato, Minnesota, will be returning to Minnesota over the coming weeks after an 11-month deployment in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel and Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa. “Our Soldiers successfully accomplished… Continue reading Minnesota Guardsmen to return from Africa deployment

Minnesota National Guard neighborhood security team fired upon in Minneapolis

April 18, 2021 (MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota) — A Minnesota National Guard and Minneapolis Police Department neighborhood security team was fired upon early Sunday morning in a drive by shooting near Penn Avenue and Broadway. The shooting occurred on or about 4:19 a.m., as a light colored SUV fired several shots at an Operation Safety Net security… Continue reading Minnesota National Guard neighborhood security team fired upon in Minneapolis

Red Bulls take command of Minnesota National Guard Operation Safety Net efforts

April 17, 2021 (ARDEN HILLS, Minnesota) – The Minnesota National Guard Joint Force Headquarters has transferred control of the Minnesota National Guard’s security efforts for Operation Safety Net to the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division. Operation Safety Net is the public safety response to protect lives and property and ensure the ability for people to… Continue reading Red Bulls take command of Minnesota National Guard Operation Safety Net efforts

Minnesotans, And Croatians, Take On The 2021 Best Warrior Competition

The Minnesota National Guard held the 2021 Best Warrior Competition on a rainy and windy weekend at Camp Ripley recently. After three days of intense competition among 14 Soldiers, Pfc. Ethan Buckner and Cpl. Jakob Ellingson were declared Soldier and Non-Commissioned Officer of the year, respectively.

April 13, 2021 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota) — The Minnesota National Guard held the 2021 Best Warrior Competition on a rainy and windy weekend at Camp Ripley recently. After three days of intense competition among 14 Soldiers, Pfc. Ethan Buckner and Cpl. Jakob Ellingson were declared Soldier and Non-Commissioned Officer of the year, respectively. The competition… Continue reading Minnesotans, And Croatians, Take On The 2021 Best Warrior Competition

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Minnesota National Guard increases support to Operation Safety Net

April 12, 2021 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) – The Minnesota National Guard is increasing its presence in the Twin Cities metro area in support of Operation Safety Net.  Overnight Sunday, the Minnesota National Guard was asked to support the city of Brooklyn Center with approximately 100 Minnesota National Guard members who helped bolster site security and… Continue reading Minnesota National Guard increases support to Operation Safety Net

133rd Phoenix Raven team supports world-wide missions

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Lief Christensen, 133rd Security Forces Squadron, Minnesota Air National Guard Phoenix Raven team leader, checks outside after landing in a C-130J Super Hercules at Kaedi Airfield, Mauritania, Feb. 22, 2020. Phoenix Ravens provide additional support for aircraft, cargo and crew in regions requiring increased security. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kirby Turbak)

April 6, 2021 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — As a kid, U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Andrew Dotas described how he could never have imagined being part of a program like the Phoenix Raven. Dotas values the incredible experiences he has had being part of the 133rd Airlift Wing’s Phoenix Raven team. Dotas’ enthusiasm for the… Continue reading 133rd Phoenix Raven team supports world-wide missions

Father, daughter serve together in Minnesota National Guard

April 5, 2021 (Camp Ripley, Minnesota) — For one family, serving in the Minnesota National Guard is a tradition.Chief Warrant Officer Three Dana Schiller is nearing the end of his 30-year career as his 18-year-olddaughter, Pvt. Sara Schiller, begins her own journey. The Schillers’ both express pride in serving and an appreciation for life and… Continue reading Father, daughter serve together in Minnesota National Guard

April marks Month of the Military Child

April 1, 2021 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — Governor Tim Walz has proclaimed April “Month of the Military Child.”   “By recognizing Military Child Month, we pay tribute to military children for their commitment, sacrifice, and unconditional support for our troops,” according to the proclamation.  It is estimated that more than 23,000 children in Minnesota have… Continue reading April marks Month of the Military Child

A Leadership First for Women in the 175th RTI

From Left to Right: Lt. Col. Brandi DeGier of RTI’s 2nd Battalion (Modular Training), Col. Jason Benson Regimental Commander, Maj. Jolene Carlson, commanding the Regional Training Site – Maintenance, and Lt. Col. Amber Manke of RTI’s 1st Battalion (OCS/WOCS)

March 31, 2021 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota) — Lt. Col. Amber Manke assumed command of 1st Battalion, 175th Regiment, Regional Training Institute, March 20, 2021 on Camp Ripley. The inspirational observance of her change of command brought to light a fact that for the first time in regimental history, three women are leading each of the… Continue reading A Leadership First for Women in the 175th RTI

Minnesota National Guard marks one year since first COVID-19 support mission

March 18, 2021 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) – One year ago today, the Minnesota National Guard conducted its first mission to support the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the year since, the Minnesota National Guard has participated in one of the longest state responses in its history, one that is still ongoing. On March… Continue reading Minnesota National Guard marks one year since first COVID-19 support mission

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Aviation Support Battalion recognized for safety efforts

March 16, 2021 (ARDEN HILLS, Minnesota) — The 834th Aviation Support Battalion received the 2020 Army Exceptional Organization Safety Award for the battalion level, March 14, 2021, at the Benjamin Franklin Readiness Center in Arden Hills, Minnesota. The battalion was chosen out of seven other nominees by a panel of safety experts and approved by… Continue reading Aviation Support Battalion recognized for safety efforts

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Minnesota Soldier Prepares for Deployment, Looks Back on Career

March 12, 2021 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota) —Sgt. First Class Erin Tilford has served with the Minnesota National Guard for 12 years as a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Specialist with the 434th Chemical Company based in Hastings, Minnesota. Tilford, originally from Dover, Minnesota, is gearing up to deploy with her unit later this year.… Continue reading Minnesota Soldier Prepares for Deployment, Looks Back on Career

Task Force 1-194 Soldier Runs With The Torch

March 10, 2021 (FORT BLISS, Texas) — Spc. Becca Strangstalien of Baxter, Minnesota, graduated from Advanced Individual Training as a unit supply specialist less than seven months ago. In the short amount of time that she has been back, she’s found herself preparing to deploy and carrying out the duties of a non-commissioned officer as… Continue reading Task Force 1-194 Soldier Runs With The Torch

More than 1,000 Minnesota Guardsmen to deploy to the Middle East

March 3, 2021 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota) — Approximately 1,100 Soldiers from Task Force 1-194 are preparing to deploy to the Middle East for a nine-month mission in support of Operation Spartan Shield. While deployed, the Soldiers will mobilize and resume responsibilities within the CENTCOM Area of Operations assuming the Operation Spartan Shield response force mission.… Continue reading More than 1,000 Minnesota Guardsmen to deploy to the Middle East

Learning to Lead

March 2, 2021 (ARDEN HILLS, Minnesota) — The strength of any force is due in part to the strength of its leadership. In the Minnesota National Guard, a growing population of its force and leadership are women. While some serve full-time as service members, some juggle their responsibilities as non-commissioned officers (NCOs) and officers with… Continue reading Learning to Lead

Minnesota National Guard celebrates Black History Month

February 28, 2021 (ARDEN HILLS, Minnesota) — The Minnesota National Guard’s African American/Black Heritage special emphasis council hosted a Black History Month panel, February 26, 2021, at the 34th Infantry Division Headquarters in Arden Hills, Minnesota. The panel featured six current and former members of the Minnesota National Guard, representing officer and enlisted, male and… Continue reading Minnesota National Guard celebrates Black History Month

Minnesota National Guard vaccinates recruiters to help keep schools safe

A Minnesota National Guard recruiter receives his second COVID-19 vaccination, February 25, 2021, in Cottage Grove, Minnesota. Recruiters are one of several groups in the Minnesota National Guard prioritized to receive the vaccine due to their active role in the local community. (Minnesota National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Blair Heusdens)

February 26, 2021 (MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota) — Minnesota National Guard recruiters play an important role in their communities, volunteering with local organizations and working in local schools. As the COVID-19 pandemic has progressed, the Minnesota National Guard continues to find creative solutions to remain connected to Minnesota’s youth and communities. “Our recruiters are active in Minnesota… Continue reading Minnesota National Guard vaccinates recruiters to help keep schools safe

Recruiting for Tomorrow

February 25, 2021 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — Air Force Master Sgt. Rodney Gattis grew up in California, served on Active Duty, and found his way to the Minnesota National Guard five years ago where he now serves as the Recruiting Flight Chief for the 133rd Airlift Wing. Although many members of the Minnesota National Guard… Continue reading Recruiting for Tomorrow

Minnesota Guard Biathlon Team Favorite for Championship Win

David Daley from the Wisconsin National Guard and Derek Lindberg from the Minnesota National Guard shoot during the Chief of the National Guard Bureau Biathlon Championships Pursuit Race, February 23, 2021 at Camp Ripley. The biathlon is a winter sport that combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting. (Minnesota National Guard Photo by Sgt. Mahsima Alkamooneh)

February 24, 2021 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota) — Several members of the Minnesota National Guard Biathlon Team are competing in the 15 kilometer Patrol Race Feb. 25, 2021at 10:00 a.m. on Camp Ripley’s biathlon course. Teams consisting of three shooters and a patrol leader ski a 15K course as a group with each member shooting from… Continue reading Minnesota Guard Biathlon Team Favorite for Championship Win

Soldier finds opportunity, builds relationships in Minnesota National Guard

Spc. Romeo Hall, Automated Logistics Specialist with G Co 134th BSB, poses for a photo near his office at the Consolidated Maintenance Activity- South (CMA-S) located on Camp Ripley, Minnesota. Hall believes it is important to celebrate culture and heritage.

February 22, 2021 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota) — Minnesota National Guard strives to be a diverse organization. For one Soldier, the diversity surrounding him is his favorite part about serving as an Automated Logistics Specialist with G Company, 134th Brigade Support Battalion at Camp Ripley’s Consolidated Maintenance Activity-South. “People had their established relationships,” said Spc. Romeo… Continue reading Soldier finds opportunity, builds relationships in Minnesota National Guard

133AW Celebrates Golden Jubilee of the C-130

February 18, 2021 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — Sunday marks the 50-year anniversary of the C-130A Hercules flying mission at the Minnesota National Guard’s 133rd Airlift Wing in St. Paul, Minn. The Wing’s first mission flight was “wheels up” on Feb. 21, 1971. Over the last 50 years the Wing has received three updated models of… Continue reading 133AW Celebrates Golden Jubilee of the C-130

African-Born Minnesota Guardsman reminisces on journey to the United States

Spc. Augustine Neto whlie deployed to the Horn of Africa, Sept. 18, 2020. (Minnesota National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Sirrina Martinez)

February 14, 2021 (DJIBOUTI) — The moment Augustine Neto landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, New York, he knew he was far from the tropical and warm climate of his birth home in Nairobi, Kenya. It was January 2011 and the dead of winter, and his connecting flight to Tampa, where he… Continue reading African-Born Minnesota Guardsman reminisces on journey to the United States

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Minnesota National Guard officer reflects on Black History Month

February 10, 2021 (ARDEN HILLS, Minnesota) — Growing up, Capt. Takeisha Hunt was not afraid to set lofty goals. She wanted to be the first in her family to graduate college, and she wanted to join the military. In 2011, she crossed the first one off the list after graduating from college. Less than a… Continue reading Minnesota National Guard officer reflects on Black History Month

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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

Deployment to Africa helps first-generation American understand family’s sacrifice

February 5, 2021 (DJIBOUTI) — Abdirahman Abdalla was around seven years old when he went to his mother’s first-cousin’s wedding in Rochester, Minnesota. It was a sunny July day, and around 30-40 close family and friends gathered in his cousin’s home to celebrate the union. Clad in whites and creams with reddish-orange stripes, men wore… Continue reading Deployment to Africa helps first-generation American understand family’s sacrifice

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St. Cloud-based aviators to deploy Monday

February 5, 2021 (ST. CLOUD, Minnesota) — Approximately 60 Soldiers from the B Company, 1st General Support Aviation Battalion, 171st Aviation Regiment based in St. Cloud, Minnesota, will deploy to Kuwait and Iraq for a nine-month mission in support of Operation Inherent Resolve and Operation Spartan Shield. While deployed, the Soldiers will provide aerial movement… Continue reading St. Cloud-based aviators to deploy Monday

Minnesota National Guard supports state vaccination efforts

February 3, 2021 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — The Minnesota National Guard supported the State of Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Health by providing assistance at 10 community vaccination sites across the state of Minnesota during the last two weeks of January. More than 100 Soldiers and Airmen participated in the vaccination process by providing… Continue reading Minnesota National Guard supports state vaccination efforts

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Minnesota National Guard stands up new logistics units

January 30, 2021 (BLOOMINGTON, Minnesota) — The lifeblood of the U.S. Army and its remarkable capacity to successfully accomplish a wide range of global missions remains its swift and coordinated control and execution of logistics functions. Without bullets, water and fuel, Soldiers can only accomplish so much. And, of course, for sustained operations, food, shelter… Continue reading Minnesota National Guard stands up new logistics units

Renewable energy initiatives result in savings for Minnesota National Guard

January 29, 2021 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — According to an old Scottish proverb, the best-laid plans often go awry. Fortunately that saying does not apply to the Minnesota National Guard’s 30 year plan for sustainability. The initiative was developed in March 2015 in response to President Barack Obama’s Executive Order 13693, “Planning for Federal Sustainability… Continue reading Renewable energy initiatives result in savings for Minnesota National Guard

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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

State bonding funds will aid in renovations to four Minnesota armories

Mr. Don Kerr, Executive Director at Minnesota Department of Military Affairs, shares information to the Minnesota Senate Bonding Committee during a visit to Camp Ripley Jan. 16, 2018.

January 27, 2021 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — Minnesota’s 2020 Bonding Bill, passed by the State Legislature and signed into law by Governor Walz in October 2020, included nearly $12 million for the Minnesota Department of Military Affairs. The funding is for renovations to four Minnesota armories to improve functionality, better accommodate the units assigned and… Continue reading State bonding funds will aid in renovations to four Minnesota armories

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148th Fighter Wing Airmen feed the troops during Presidential Inauguration

January 23, 2021 (WASHINGTON, D.C.) — Prior to January 6th, 2021 eight Services Specialists from the 148th Fighter Wing, Minnesota Air National Guard were already prepared to support the 59th Presidential Inauguration.  The Airmen planned to serve up 2,500 National Guard service members daily out of a mobile Single Pallet Expeditionary Kitchen, or SPEK kitchen.  SPEK kitchens… Continue reading 148th Fighter Wing Airmen feed the troops during Presidential Inauguration

MN National Guard General named Deputy Commanding General at US Army Cyber Center of Excellence

January 22, 2021 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) – U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Johanna Clyborne has been selected as the Deputy Commanding General (Army National Guard), at U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence beginning January 19, 2021. “Maj. Gen. Clyborne will be a tremendous asset for the U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence,” said Maj. Gen. Shawn… Continue reading MN National Guard General named Deputy Commanding General at US Army Cyber Center of Excellence

Minnesota Guardsmen provide support to 59th Presidential Inauguration

A U.S. Soldier with the 851st Vertical Engineer Company takes part in training with his unit on Jan. 19, 2021, as part of security efforts in the lead up to the 59th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C.. At least 25,000 National Guard men and women have been authorized to conduct security, communication and logistical missions in support to federal and District authorities leading up and through the 59th Presidential Inauguration (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Pfc. Jorden Newbanks).

January 22, 2021 (Washington, D.C.) — Nearly 750 Minnesota National Guard Soldiers and Airmen answered the call to support local and federal law enforcement agencies in the security of the 59th Presidential Inauguration earlier this week. “Last week, I saw all the Guardsmen coming out here [Washington, D.C.] from different states and I said to… Continue reading Minnesota Guardsmen provide support to 59th Presidential Inauguration

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Celebrating 100 Years of Air Guard Aviation

U.S. Army Capt. Raymond S. Miller, left, Lt. Col. W.C. Garis, center, and Gen. Walter Rhinow pose for a photograph in Falcon Heights, Minn., Sept. 26, 1921. Miller, Garis, and Walter flew to Washington D.C. to lobby for aviation units. (Courtesy photo submitted by the Minnesota Air National Guard Historical Foundation)

January 18, 2021 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — On Jan. 17, 2021, the 133rd Airlift Wing celebrated their 100th anniversary. A century ago, they became the first federally-recognized Air National Guard unit in the nation. The origins of the 133rd Airlift Wing are traced back to the founding unit, the 109th Observation Squadron, known as the… Continue reading Celebrating 100 Years of Air Guard Aviation

Minnesota National Guard to be activated for potential support to local law enforcement

January 13, 2021 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) – Governor Tim Walz today signed Emergency Executive Order 21-05 allowing for the activation of the Minnesota National Guard to support of local law enforcement in response to potential civil unrest. The Minnesota National Guard is conducting initial preparations and coordinating with local law enforcement agencies, the Minnesota Department… Continue reading Minnesota National Guard to be activated for potential support to local law enforcement

Minnesota National Guard to provide support to Presidential Inauguration

January 12, 2021 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — The Minnesota National Guard will provide a company of Soldiers to support presidential inauguration activities. This week more than 130 Soldiers from Bravo Troop, 1-94th Cavalry Squadron and Airmen from the 148th Fighter Wing will report to Washington D.C. in support of National Guard assignments for the inauguration. “Every… Continue reading Minnesota National Guard to provide support to Presidential Inauguration

Millions invested to modernize National Guard facility in St. Cloud

January 12, 2021 (ST. CLOUD, Minnesota) — The Minnesota National Guard is modernizing its facilities in order to support the National Defense Strategy. The U.S. Army’s Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville insists the Army must modernize in order to overmatch its competitors. In an effort to keep pace with the Army and Air Force,… Continue reading Millions invested to modernize National Guard facility in St. Cloud

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Currently accepting nominations for Flight of Honor Induction program

January 4, 2021 — The Minnesota Air National Guard Memorialization Board is accepting nominations for possible candidates to be inducted into the 2021 Minnesota Air National Guard (MN ANG) Flight of Honor Induction Program, Joint Force Headquarters, MN. Please reference the attached documents: Memorialization Regulation JFMNR 36-3108 (dtd 16 Oct 20)Nomination Form (dtd 16 Oct… Continue reading Currently accepting nominations for Flight of Honor Induction program

Currently accepting nominations for Court of Honor Induction program

January 4, 2021 – The Camp Ripley Memorialization Board is accepting nominations for possible candidates to be inducted into the 2021 Minnesota Army National Guard Court of Honor Induction Program at Camp Ripley, MN. Please reference the attached documents: Memorialization Regulation MNGR 1-33 (dtd 30 OCT 19) Complete List of Memorializations at Camp Ripley (dtd… Continue reading Currently accepting nominations for Court of Honor Induction program

Final Battle Damaged F-16 Returns to 148th Fighter Wing

January 4, 2021 (DULUTH, Minnesota) — In May of 2018, a severe windstorm blew through the 407th Air Expeditionary Group, Ahmad al-Jaber Air Base, Kuwait while personnel from the 179th Air Expeditionary Squadron were evacuated to their quarters. 91-mile per hour straight-line winds collapsed sunshades onto seven F-16 fighter aircraft assigned to the 148th Fighter… Continue reading Final Battle Damaged F-16 Returns to 148th Fighter Wing

Year in Review Part 3 of 3: Partnerships enable Guard support to the community

December 22, 2020 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) – Partnerships with other local, state and federal agencies enabled the Minnesota National Guard to serve the state through multiple activations throughout 2020, to include responses to flooding in northern Minnesota in April, civil unrest at the end of May and beginning of June, and an ongoing response to… Continue reading Year in Review Part 3 of 3: Partnerships enable Guard support to the community

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Year in Review Part 2 of 3: Modernization proves critical to Minnesota National Guard success

December 15, 2020 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — The Minnesota National Guard has prioritized modernization in order to remain a relevant resource for its state and federal leaders. In 2020, the organization initiated significant upgrades in facilities, equipment, training, and staffing. The Minnesota National Guard needs to “stay in step with the U.S. Army and U.S.… Continue reading Year in Review Part 2 of 3: Modernization proves critical to Minnesota National Guard success

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Moorhead-based Soldiers to be recognized by local American Legion post

December 11, 2020 (MOORHEAD, Minnesota) – The American Legion is presenting the Minnesota American Legion Enlisted Service-Member of the Year award to two non-commissioned officers who are part of the 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry Regiment, headquartered in Moorhead. Sgt. 1st Class Robert Hernandez of Grand Forks was selected for development of training plans… Continue reading Moorhead-based Soldiers to be recognized by local American Legion post

Task Force Bayonet Soldiers conduct medical evacuation exercise with French Forces in Djibouti

Medics with Task Force Bayonet and airmen stationed at Chabelley Airfield, load a patient into an ambulance during a medical evacuation exercise with Task Force Bayonet, Nov. 19, 2020, Djibouti, Africa. The exercise provided an opportunity for medical personnel with Task Force Bayonet to practice working with the French Forces in Djibouti in the event of a medical emergency.

December 9, 2020 (DJIBOUTI BASE CLUSTER, Djibouti) – Soldiers with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry Regiment, participated in a joint medical evacuation exercise with French Forces based in Djibouti, Africa, Nov. 19, 2020, in an effort to streamline medical evacuation processes between the two partner nations. The 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry Regiment… Continue reading Task Force Bayonet Soldiers conduct medical evacuation exercise with French Forces in Djibouti

Year in Review Part 1 of 3: Soldiers and Airmen key to Minnesota National Guard’s state and federal missions

Minnesota Guardsmen conduct no-cost COVID-19 testing for members of the public, Monday, May 25, 2020, at the National Guard armory in Faribault, Minnesota. In partnership with the Minnesota Department of Health, the Minnesota National Guard conducted COVID-19 testing at six locations in Minnesota over a period of three days to any Minnesotan who wanted to be tested. (Minnesota National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Blair Heusdens)

December 8, 2020 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — The Minnesota National Guard has had a busy 2020, supporting federal deployments and an unprecedented number of state activations for COVID-19 response, civil unrest and even flood response. None of these missions would have been possible, however, without the readiness of Minnesota’s citizen-Soldiers and Airmen to respond at… Continue reading Year in Review Part 1 of 3: Soldiers and Airmen key to Minnesota National Guard’s state and federal missions

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Minnesota Guardsmen find meaningful work in long-term care mission

December 7, 2020 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — Soldiers and Airmen from the Minnesota National Guard are experiencing first-hand the impacts that COVID-19 is having on residents in long-term care and the staff who care for them as they find themselves stepping in to fill a staffing void for facilities in need across the state. “I… Continue reading Minnesota Guardsmen find meaningful work in long-term care mission

Family Preparatory Academy Goes Virtual

December 5, 2020 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — Soldiers and families from detachments of the 1-171 General Support Aviation Battalion, based at the Army Aviation Support Facility in St. Cloud, Minnesota, attended the Minnesota National Guard’s first completely-virtual Yellow Ribbon Family Preparatory Academy recently as the unit prepares for an upcoming deployment. As the COVID-19 pandemic… Continue reading Family Preparatory Academy Goes Virtual

34th Red Bull Infantry Division completes move to Arden Hills

November 21, 2020 (ARDEN HILLS, Minnesota) – Soldiers from the Division Headquarters of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division conducted their first weekend of training at the newly-constructed General John W. Vessey Readiness Center in Arden Hills, Minnesota, November 21-22, 2020. “This facility will provide a significant benefit for our soldiers, enabling us to continue… Continue reading 34th Red Bull Infantry Division completes move to Arden Hills

Minnesota National Guard ramps up COVID-19 support

November 16, 2020 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) – More than 200 Soldiers and Airmen from the Minnesota National Guard have been activated to support the state’s COVID-19 response efforts. This number is expected to increase to over 400 by the end of the week. The Guardsmen will be focused on three specific areas – supporting nasal… Continue reading Minnesota National Guard ramps up COVID-19 support

Leblanc family ties

Brig. Gen. Gary Leblanc

November 12, 2020 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota) — Service to the community, state and country runs deep in the LeBlanc family. So far, three generations of LeBlanc’s have worked at Camp Ripley fulltime, totaling over 70 years of service to this community. The tradition of serving goes all the way back to 1963 when the oldest… Continue reading Leblanc family ties

Veteran Looks Down the Sights of Legacy and Brotherhood

Vietnam Veteran (Spc.4 )Richard Hokenson interacts with fellow snipers and Soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard's 2nd Combined Arms Battalion - 136th infantry Oct. 10, 2020 on Camp Ripley

November 10, 2020 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota) – In March of 1970, Spc.4 Rick Hokenson was a part of a 90-man company that marched out of their firebase in South Vietnam in order to patrol an area known as the “Dog’s Head” near the Cambodian border. Richard Hokenson, of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, was assigned as a… Continue reading Veteran Looks Down the Sights of Legacy and Brotherhood

Governor Walz proclaims November Month of the Military Family

November 6, 2020 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) -Governor Tim Walz proclaimed November as Month of the Military Family to salute and celebrate the extraordinary military families whose selfless service and sacrifice make our military the finest in the world. Military spouses, siblings, parents, and children personify the ideals of patriotism, pride, resilience, service above self, and… Continue reading Governor Walz proclaims November Month of the Military Family

148th Fighter Wing, a Family Tradition

November 4, 2020 (DULUTH, Minnesota) — We’ve all heard the phrase “the Guard is a family”.  For Tech. Sgt. Kristianna Konietzko, a Training Technician in the Force Development Office, the phrase is quite literal.  Kristianna Konietzko, a Cloquet High School graduate, is the third-generation of her family to serve at the 148th Fighter Wing, Minnesota Air… Continue reading 148th Fighter Wing, a Family Tradition

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

U.S. Air Force Airman Madison Chadderdon poses for a photograph after graduating from basic military training in San Antonio, Texas, Oct. 12, 2018. Chadderdon lost 84 pounds in order to make her lifelong dream of joining the Air Force a reality. (Courtesy photo submitted by Senior Airman Madison Chadderdon)

November 2, 2020 (SAINT PAUL, Minnesota) – In 2017, Madison Chadderdon didn’t know what to strive for. At the weight of 252 pounds, she lacked goals, confidence and jumped from job to job. She had considered joining the military since she was a child, but the challenge of losing weight made her question if it… Continue reading Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

148th Fighter Wing to Conduct Night Flying

November 2, 2020 (DULUTH, Minnesota) — The 148th Fighter Wing will conduct night flying Monday, November 2, 2020 through Thursday, November 5, 2020. This period of night flying will allow the Wing to conduct flying training and air-to-air refueling utilizing night vision goggles. Night flying is required for pilot proficiency to train for future missions… Continue reading 148th Fighter Wing to Conduct Night Flying

133rd Air National Guard Base Seeks Public Input On Soil Testing Results Action Plan

October 30, 2020 (MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota) —   Three locations at the Minnesota National Guard’s 133rd Air Wing at Fort Snelling underwent mandated soil testing to identify any potential contamination concern.  Soil testing results of three locations at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Air National Guard Base returned results indicating that concentration levels were not detected or below Minnesota Pollution… Continue reading 133rd Air National Guard Base Seeks Public Input On Soil Testing Results Action Plan

Minnesota National Guard 177th Cyber Protection Team mobilizing for deployment

October 23, 2020 (ROSEMOUNT, Minnesota) – 35 Soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard’s 177th Cyber Protection Team (CPT) will mobilize to Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, as part of a larger task force aligned under the 780th Military Intelligence Brigade (Cyber) to conduct cyberspace operations in support of U.S. Cyber Command and the Cyber National… Continue reading Minnesota National Guard 177th Cyber Protection Team mobilizing for deployment

148th Fighter Wing to conduct night flying

October 22, 2020 (DULUTH, Minnesota) — The 148th Fighter Wing will be conducting a readiness exercise October 23-25, 2020. Residents in the local area, northern Minnesota and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan may hear F-16s taking off, flying and landing from approximately 7:00 a.m. until midnight on Friday and Saturday, and 7:oo a.m. until 5:oo… Continue reading 148th Fighter Wing to conduct night flying

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

Living the dream: Minnesota Guardsman reflects on life as Hispanic American immigrant

Staff Sgt. Francisco Lopez, an 11B infantryman with Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry Regiment, currently stationed at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Sept. 24, 2020. Staff Sgt. Lopez is a Hispanic American immigrant, originally from Caltimacan, a small village in the state of Hidalgo, Mexico.

October 15, 2020 (HORN OF AFRICA) — Francisco Lopez was only 8 years old when he saw his first Soldier. Born and raised in Caltimacan, a small village in the state of Hidalgo, Mexico, he recalled a beautiful Spring day when he saw a Mexican Special Forces Soldier he had seen on several occasions before,… Continue reading Living the dream: Minnesota Guardsman reflects on life as Hispanic American immigrant

Two Minnesota National Guard general officers chosen for key positions at U.S. Cyber Command

Oct. 1, 2020 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) – U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Stefanie Horvath and Brig. Gen. Stephen Schemenauer have been selected for duty positions at U.S. Cyber Command beginning October 1, 2020. “These two leaders are true examples of the depth and breadth of talent and diverse skillsets that live in the Minnesota National Guard,”… Continue reading Two Minnesota National Guard general officers chosen for key positions at U.S. Cyber Command

Suarez works to move diversity forward for Minnesota National Guard

September 28, 2020 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) – In the months since Lt. Col. Eduardo Suarez took over as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the Minnesota National Guard, the organization has been activated multiple times to support local authorities in response to ongoing racial tensions and civil unrest in the Twin Cities metro area.… Continue reading Suarez works to move diversity forward for Minnesota National Guard

An Emerging Frontier: Task Force Bayonet Soldiers train in electronic warfare

September 25, 2020 (CAMP LEMONNIER, DJIBOUTI) – Soldiers with Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry Regiment from Minnesota, conducted Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Counter Unmanned Aircraft Systems training Aug. 17-20, here, as part of a training program designed to supplement the training they received during their mobilization at Camp McGregor, New Mexico. Bravo Company is… Continue reading An Emerging Frontier: Task Force Bayonet Soldiers train in electronic warfare

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148th Fighter Wing Conducts Medevac Training

September 24, 2020 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota) — Personnel from the Medical Group of the 148th Fighter Wing gathered at Camp Ripley Training Center, Minnesota to conduct field training, September 19-22, 2020. Medical personnel learned about and exercised patient load training alongside Critical Care Flight Paramedics from the 2-211th General Support Aviation Battalion, a St. Cloud-based Minnesota Army… Continue reading 148th Fighter Wing Conducts Medevac Training

Minnesota National Guard commemorates 23rd Annual Bataan Memorial March

September 21, 2020 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota) — On September 12, 2020 the 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 194th Armor hosted the 23rd annual Bataan Memorial March in remembrance of all those who were forced to participate in the Bataan Death March and those who lost their lives as a result thereof. This year the event had… Continue reading Minnesota National Guard commemorates 23rd Annual Bataan Memorial March

148th Fighter Wing to Conduct Night Flying

September 22, 2020 (Duluth Air National Guard Base, Minnesota) — The 148th Fighter Wing will conduct night flying Tuesday, September 22, 202 through Friday, October 2, 2020.  This period of night flying will allow the wing to conduct critical training with Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTACS) and utilize night vision goggles (NVG).  JTACs are highly… Continue reading 148th Fighter Wing to Conduct Night Flying

133rd Airlift Wing to commemorate 100th anniversary

September 21, 2020 (FALCON HEIGHTS, Minnesota) — The 133rd Airlift Wing is hosting a 100th anniversary ceremony to commemorate the historical flight that resulted in the birth of the Air National Guard in 1921. The ceremony, scheduled to take place on Saturday, September 26th 2020, will kick off a series of celebratory events marking the… Continue reading 133rd Airlift Wing to commemorate 100th anniversary

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

The Power of Human Connections

September 18, 2020 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — The COVID-19 pandemic this year has required us to physically distance ourselves from others. While good for our physical health, this distance can impact our mental health. “Relationships are imperative to human connections,” said Kristi Charles the Minnesota National Guard State Suicide Prevention Coordinator. “Developing and strengthening those… Continue reading The Power of Human Connections

Simulating Change for Real Results

September 4, 2020 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota) – Camp Ripley is host to a broad range of training methods.  From classroom to hands-on to virtual, Camp Ripley provides it all. Among the virtual methods of training lies Camp Ripley’s simulators. Camp Ripley houses a number of simulators throughout post including flight simulators, convoy simulators and battlefield… Continue reading Simulating Change for Real Results

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

Minnesota National Guard Welcomes New Adjutant General

The Minnesota National Guard welcomes Maj. Gen. Shawn Manke as the 32nd adjutant general of the Minnesota National Guard during a ceremony in St. Paul, Minnesota, August 31, 2020. Manke assumed the responsibilities of adjutant general from Lieutenant General Jon Jensen who recently moved to a new position as Director of the Army National Guard. The adjutant general serves for a term of seven years and is a state employee appointed by the Governor of Minnesota. (Minnesota National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Blair Heusdens)

August 31, 2020 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) – The Minnesota National Guard held an installation ceremony Monday, officially welcoming Maj. Gen. Shawn Manke as the organization’s 32nd adjutant general. “It’s a time for us to reflect as an organization on the past and a time to look toward the future,” said Minnesota Governor Tim Walz. “There… Continue reading Minnesota National Guard Welcomes New Adjutant General

148th Fighter Wing, U.S. Coast Guard Conduct Water Survival and Rescue Training

Pilots and aircrew flight equipment specialists with the 148th Fighter Wing, Minnesota Air National Guard, practice water survival techniques near a U.S. Coast Guard RBM-45628 from Coast Guard Station Duluth, while conducting a water survival and rescue training mission. The 148th Fighter Wing partnered with the U.S. Coast Guard’s 9th District Great Lakes to conduct water survival, search and rescue training in Lake Superior near Duluth, Minnesota on August 25, 2020. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Audra Flanagan)

August 25, 2020 (DULUTH, Minnesota) — The 148th Fighter Wing, Minnesota Air National Guard partnered with the U.S. Coast Guard’s 9th District Great Lakes to conduct water survival and rescue training in Lake Superior near Duluth, Minnesota on August 25, 2020.  Personnel from U.S. Coast Guard Station Duluth, a regional search and rescue first responder on Lake… Continue reading 148th Fighter Wing, U.S. Coast Guard Conduct Water Survival and Rescue Training

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, State Patrol, DNR Continue Training to Respond Together

August 19, 2020 (RICHFIELD, Minnesota) — More than 70 Soldiers with the Minnesota National Guard‘s Montevideo-based 1st Battalion, 151st Field Artillery trained alongside Minnesota State Patrol troopers and conservation officers from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources during a civil disturbance control training exercise in the Twin Cities, August 17, 2020. The exercise, designed to… Continue reading Minnesota National Guard, State Patrol, DNR Continue Training to Respond Together

Governor Walz selects Brig. Gen. Shawn Manke to lead Minnesota National Guard

August 12, 2020 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — Governor Tim Walz today announced the appointment of Brig. Gen. Shawn Manke to be the 32nd Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard. Manke will succeed Lt. Gen. Jon Jensen who is now serving as the Director of the Army National Guard. The Adjutant General is the administrative… Continue reading Governor Walz selects Brig. Gen. Shawn Manke to lead Minnesota National Guard

Stillwater-based Guardsmen to deploy Sunday

August 7, 2020 (STILLWATER, Minnesota) — Approximately 150 Soldiers from the 34th Military Police Company will deploy to Naval Station Guantanamo Bay in support of Joint Task Force Guantanamo to provide base security. “Our Soldiers are trained and motivated for this important mission,” said Capt. Troy Davidson, the company commander. “We’ve worked hard over the… Continue reading Stillwater-based Guardsmen to deploy Sunday

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

3,000 Minnesota Soldiers wrap up large-scale military exercise in the Mojave Desert

August 4, 2020 (FORT IRWIN, California) – About 3,000 Minnesota Soldiers are packing rucksacks and duffle bags, as they prepare to make their way back to the land of 10,000 lakes. The Soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard’s 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, just wrapped up a large-scale combat exercise… Continue reading 3,000 Minnesota Soldiers wrap up large-scale military exercise in the Mojave Desert

Nearly 100 Minnesota National Guard Soldiers to deploy this weekend

July 30, 2020 (ALEXANDRIA, Minnesota) – Nearly 100 Soldiers from the Alexandria-based Battery C, 1st Battalion, 194th Field Artillery will deploy to U.S. Central Command region in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.  “Our Soldiers come from more than 60 Minnesota communities,” said Company 1st Sgt. Adam Vanderwal. “We have worked hard over the last several… Continue reading Nearly 100 Minnesota National Guard Soldiers to deploy this weekend

Life support for Soldiers in the Desert

Daily temperature checks, diligent isolation and quarantined procedures have proved to be effective in stopping the spread of COVID-19 during the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team’s National Training Center rotation at Fort Irwin, California. On July 26, 2020, Spc. Watson at the 204th Medical Company Area Support Brigade Aid Station checks temperatures at sick call.

July 30, 2020 (FORT IRWIN, California) — While the eye of the National Training Center is on the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division and their 14-day full-scale desert exercise – there is group of nearly 500 additional Minnesota National Guard Soldiers at Fort Irwin, California, supporting them.   “Our main job is… Continue reading Life support for Soldiers in the Desert

Training and Collaboration Develops Exceptional EOD Airmen

An Air National Guard Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician participates in a field training exercise at Camp Ripley Training Center, Minnesota, July 20-24, 2020. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Audra Flanagan)

July 29, 2020 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota) — Explosive Ordnance Technicians from the 148th Fighter Wing, Minnesota Air National Guard, 166th Airlift Wing, Delaware Air National Guard and the 177th Fighter Wing, New Jersey Air National Guard gathered at Camp Ripley Training Center, Minnesota, July 20-24, for a field training exercise featuring advanced marksmanship techniques, technical intelligence field analysis,… Continue reading Training and Collaboration Develops Exceptional EOD Airmen

Minnesota National Guard releases results of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response board

July 7, 2020 To the citizens of Minnesota, Last year, the Minnesota National Guard reported its sexual assault numbers publicly for the first time. This was not a heroic gesture, but a necessary one to shed light on a dark topic. In conjunction with that announcement, we held three town hall meetings to confront sexual… Continue reading Minnesota National Guard releases results of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response board

Minnesota National Guard prepares to move vehicles, equipment to California for training exercise

1st Brigade, 34th Infantry Division Soldiers, a part of the Minnesota National Guard, work together to load their vehicles and equipment onto railcars as they prepare for an upcoming exercise out of state.

July 6, 2020 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota) – Soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard loaded over 2,000 pieces of military equipment and vehicles onto rail cars at Camp Ripley Training Center headed west in preparation for an upcoming training exercise for the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division. Soldiers from the 1/34th ABCT, all… Continue reading Minnesota National Guard prepares to move vehicles, equipment to California for training exercise

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Minnesota Guard Safety Program focused on soldiers’ health

June 23, 2020 (ROSEMOUNT, Minnesota) — The Minnesota National Guard conducts 80 to 90 occupational health and industrial hygiene inspections of its armories and maintenance facilities each year as mandated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Guard Bureau.  Andrea Turner, the State Occupational Health Nurse, and Sgt. Anthony Sparrow, the… Continue reading Minnesota Guard Safety Program focused on soldiers’ health

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Minnesota Guardsmen honored with socially-distanced send-off and steak dinner

Nearly 700 Soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard's 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry Regiment were honored June 19, 2020, at Camp Ripley prior to deployment to the Horn of Africa. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Soldiers were quarantined for training and families were unable to attend the ceremony. Serving Our Troops hosted the ceremony and provided meals to the Soldiers and grill boxes for families to participate in the ceremony remotely. (Minnesota National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Blair Heusdens)

June 20, 2020 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota) — Soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard’s 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry Regiment were honored June 19, 2020, at Camp Ripley prior to deployment to the Horn of Africa. “Training for these missions requires strength and perseverance,” Minnesota Governor Tim Walz told the Soldiers remotely via video message. “You’ve done… Continue reading Minnesota Guardsmen honored with socially-distanced send-off and steak dinner

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Deploying Minnesota Guardsmen to be honored with sendoff ceremony at Camp Ripley

Serving Our Troops to Host Virtual Deployment Ceremony and Cook Out for National Guard and Families June 16, 2020 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minn.) — Nearly 700 soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard’s Mankato-based 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry will be honored Friday, June 19, at Camp Ripley, prior to deployment to the Horn of Africa. The soldiers… Continue reading Deploying Minnesota Guardsmen to be honored with sendoff ceremony at Camp Ripley