Minnesota State Fair Military Appreciation Day to recognize women veterans

The Minnesota State Fair's Military Appreciation Day, August 28, 2018, gave members of the public an opportunity to learn more about the military and veterans in Minnesota. This theme of the day was "Honoring Minnesota's Women veterans."

Aug. 27, 2018 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — The Minnesota State Fair’s eighth annual Military Appreciation Day will take place Tuesday, August 28, and provide an educational opportunity for all fairgoers to learn about Minnesota’s military community. This year’s theme is honoring Minnesota’s women veterans. “The Minnesota State Fair is a great opportunity to bring our… Continue reading Minnesota State Fair Military Appreciation Day to recognize women veterans

Minnesota Guardsmen learn survival skills, train with Norwegian counterparts

July 3, 2018 (VAERNES, Norway) — Over the course of 10 days, 100 Soldiers and Airmen from the Minnesota National Guard who traveled to Norway, June 17-26, 2018, for the 45th Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange learned valuable survival skills and shared their knowledge with members of the Norwegian Home Guard. This year’s exchange was the second… Continue reading Minnesota Guardsmen learn survival skills, train with Norwegian counterparts

133rd Airlift Wing Emphasizes Combat Readiness Training

June 28, 2018 (ALPENA, Michigan)  — Approximately 300 U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 133rd Airlift Wing participated in a readiness exercise at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Alpena, Mich. The exercise, tagged as Iron Ore, was designed test the Airmen abilities to set up operations at an unfamiliar location and receive in depth… Continue reading 133rd Airlift Wing Emphasizes Combat Readiness Training

Red Bulls Kickoff Division Warfighter

June 13, 2018 (CAMP ATTERBURY, Indiana)  — “A Warfighter is an exercise that allows the Division to evaluate their ability to maneuver assets in a battle,” said Master Sgt. Greg Weaver, the Operations Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge for the Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion. “It is designed to focus on particular areas and specific objectives to… Continue reading Red Bulls Kickoff Division Warfighter

Minnesota-based aviation unit takes part in Warfighter Exercise

June 8, 2018 (CAMP ATTERBURY, Indiana)  — More than 150 Soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard’s 34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade are here participating in a multi-echelon training event, Warfighter Exercise 18-5, May 30 to June 15. The exercise, which is part live and part virtual, is testing the St. Paul, Minnesota-based aviation unit’s ability to… Continue reading Minnesota-based aviation unit takes part in Warfighter Exercise

148th Fighter Wing hosts STEM program for Duluth-area students

June 5, 2018 (DULUTH, Minnesota) –– Dozens of community and industry leaders passionate about helping children become more engaged in science, technology, engineering and math gathered at the 148th Fighter Wing in Duluth, Minn., May 24, 2018, to see what STARBASE Minnesota Duluth is doing for young students in the area. STARBASE is a Department of… Continue reading 148th Fighter Wing hosts STEM program for Duluth-area students

Minnesota National Guard leaders visit traveling tribute in Austin

May 22, 2018 (AUSTIN, Minnesota) –– A replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was on display May 16-20, in Austin and leaders of the 347th Regional Support Group took the opportunity to visit during the event’s closing ceremony. The display, dubbed the American Veterans Traveling Tribute, was hosted by Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Austin and… Continue reading Minnesota National Guard leaders visit traveling tribute in Austin

Minnesota Aviators lead multi-state National Guard partnership for NTC rotation

May 21, 2018 (FORT IRWIN, California) — The Minnesota National Guard’s 2nd Battalion, 147th Assault Helicopter Battalion is working together with aviation units from four different states to provide support to the Tennessee-based 278th Armored Calvary Regiment during a rotation at National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California. Making up Task Force Ragnar is Utah-based B… Continue reading Minnesota Aviators lead multi-state National Guard partnership for NTC rotation

Deployed Minnesota Guardsman honors grandfather, Hmong heritage

May 17, 2018 (CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait) — “My heritage is Hmong,” said 21 year-old Minnesota National Guard Spec. Brandon Xiong from his desk at Camp Buehring, Kuwait. “A low-key culture that originated from southern Asia. Hmong is not a place, but it is a people.” Xiong, the eldest grandson of the late Col. Song Leng Xiong,… Continue reading Deployed Minnesota Guardsman honors grandfather, Hmong heritage

Month of the Military Child recognizes contributions of military kids

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 7, 2018 ST. PAUL, Minn.- The month of April is designated as the Month of the Military Child to recognize the contributions and sacrifices military children make so their family members can serve. An estimated 15,000 children in Minnesota have been affected by the deployment of a parent. “Military children bear… Continue reading Month of the Military Child recognizes contributions of military kids

Women Opened Doors in Minnesota National Guard

March 1, 2018 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota)  –– “The battlefront is no place for women to be,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Earl Kurtzweg, 125th Field Artillery, in an article published in 1976. “There are certain jobs girls say they can do, but they just can’t do … the battlefront is no place for women to be.… Continue reading Women Opened Doors in Minnesota National Guard

Minnesota Guardsman Receives Award for Combating Drugs in his Community

By Tech Sgt. Paul Santikko Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs WOODBURY, Minn. (March 9, 2018) – Staff Sgt. Benjamin Kroll, an analyst with the Minnesota National Guard’s Counterdrug Task Force who is assigned to work with the Hennepin County Sherriff’s Office was recognized for his achievements as the Analyst of the Year during the 2018 Minnesota… Continue reading Minnesota Guardsman Receives Award for Combating Drugs in his Community

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Securing the Bold North: Minnesota National Guard supports Super Bowl LII

Minnesota National Guard Soldiers are assisting the Minneapolis Police Department with security efforts for Super Bowl 52. The Soldiers will perform security operations at the request of the city of Minneapolis and the direction of the governor to ensure a safe and secure Super Bowl for residents and visitors. (Minnesota National Guard photo by Sgt. Luther Talks)

By Tech Sgt. Paul Santikko Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (Feb. 2, 2018) – More than 400 Minnesota National Guardsmen are supporting security efforts in Minneapolis ahead of Super Bowl 52. “This is what we do,” said Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen, Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard. “When the local community can’t meet the… Continue reading Securing the Bold North: Minnesota National Guard supports Super Bowl LII

100 Years Ago, Camp Cody’s “Grand Old Man” formed 34th Infantry Division

Decorated veteran Augustus Blocksom was a man of his time, but times were changing. He exemplified Progressive Era America prior to the Great War. Blocksom participated in all the major US Army campaigns for nearly a half-century. He fought American Indians, Spaniards, Chinese and Filipinos. He brought that experience to Camp Cody, New Mexico where he assembled units from across the mid-West to form the 34th Infantry Division in 1917. In 1885 he married his wife of forty-six years, Sarah Griswold Beaumont Leuffer.

By Master Sgt. Daniel Ewer Minnesota National Guard Command Historian Jan. 10, 2018 – Decorated veteran Augustus Blocksom was a man of his time, but times were changing. He exemplified Progressive Era America prior to the Great War. Blocksom participated in all the major US Army campaigns for nearly a half-century. He fought American Indians, Spaniards,… Continue reading 100 Years Ago, Camp Cody’s “Grand Old Man” formed 34th Infantry Division

Iowa Red Bull takes command of 34th Infantry Division

By Staff Sgt. Christie Smith Iowa National Guard Public Affairs JOHNSTON, Iowa (Dec. 12, 2017) – Brig. Gen. Benjamin J. Corell, Deputy Adjutant General of the Iowa National Guard, assumed command of the 34th Infantry Division “Red Bulls” during a ceremony in Rosemount, Minnesota, on December 9, 2017. Headquartered in Minnesota, the division has been commanded almost-exclusively… Continue reading Iowa Red Bull takes command of 34th Infantry Division

Minnesota-based aviation unit honors storied division, enters into new, ‘expeditionary’ era

By 1st Lt. Eric Jungels 34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs ST. PAUL, Minn. (Dec. 12, 2017) – Soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard’s 34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade (ECAB), who recently celebrated a year full of achievements, have embraced a new name: Red Devils. The St. Paul-based unit hosted its annual aviation brigade ball Dec.… Continue reading Minnesota-based aviation unit honors storied division, enters into new, ‘expeditionary’ era

Minnesota Nice Extends to Puerto Rico

By Tech. Sgt. Lynette Hoke 148th Fighter Wing Public Affairs CAMP SANTIAGO, Puerto Rico (Dec. 8, 2017) – It has been more than two months since Hurricane Maria stuck Puerto Rico, leaving a trail of disaster behind it. The island was in dire need of some extra help. More than 230 Air National Guardsmen from 29… Continue reading Minnesota Nice Extends to Puerto Rico

Governor Mark Dayton installs new Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General

By Master Sgt. Blair Heusdens Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs ST. PAUL, Minn. (Nov. 4, 2017) – Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton administered the oath of office to Maj. Gen. Jon A. Jensen, installing him as the Minnesota National Guard’s 31st Adjutant General during a ceremony in St. Paul, November 4, 2017. “General Jensen has been a… Continue reading Governor Mark Dayton installs new Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General

Guard Heritage Suffers with Loss of Artillery Unit

By Master Sgt. Daniel Ewer Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs ANOKA, Minn. (Oct. 4, 2017) – The Minnesota National Guard lost one of its most historically significant units when the 151st Artillery’s E Battery, (Target Acquisition) cased its colors in a ceremony at the Anoka High School Aug. 19, 2017. The Target Acquisition Battery (ETAB), 151st… Continue reading Guard Heritage Suffers with Loss of Artillery Unit

In one month: Minnesota Guardsmen support Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria

By Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs ST. PAUL, Minn. (Sept. 29, 2017) – In the span of a few weeks, three major hurricanes hit different parts of the southern United States, causing widespread damage and destruction and requiring the response of agencies around the country. The Minnesota National Guard is one of the many organizations that… Continue reading In one month: Minnesota Guardsmen support Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria

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Finding fellowship in the sacred mission

By Sgt. Sebastian Nemec Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. (Sept. 26, 2017) – One of the most difficult, most sacred, honorable duties in the military is one that people don’t often think about. It takes compassion, empathy, care, and requires great resilience. It is one that when called upon to train for, they… Continue reading Finding fellowship in the sacred mission

Minnesota Guardsmen participate in Aurora 17 exercise in Sweden

By Master Sgt. Blair Heusdens Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs SKOVDE, Sweden (Sept. 25, 2017) – Minnesota National Guard Soldiers from the 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 194th Armor traveled overseas in mid-Sept. 2017 to take part in a cooperative, national defense training exercise with allied countries. “The education and experience these Soldiers will receive is invaluable,”… Continue reading Minnesota Guardsmen participate in Aurora 17 exercise in Sweden

34th Inf. Div. Commander Re-Dedicates Intersection to Fallen Massachusetts WWII Red Bull

By Col. Kevin Olson Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs WINTHROP, Mass. (Sept. 20, 2017) – Settled in 1630, Winthrop is one of the oldest communities in the United States. Service members of all branches of the military from this seaside town just north of Boston have fought on behalf of their state and nation since the Revolutionary… Continue reading 34th Inf. Div. Commander Re-Dedicates Intersection to Fallen Massachusetts WWII Red Bull

Sgt. Maj. Dennis L. Tellock

Age: 59 Hometown: Wyoming, Minnesota Task Force Falcon, Multi-National Brigade-North Died: September 20, 2003 in Bosnia-Herzegovina Sergeant Major Tellock’s military service began when he enlisted in the United States Navy on 8 February 1962. He served on active duty until 18 June 1965 when he transferred to the U.S. Naval Reserve. He served in the… Continue reading Sgt. Maj. Dennis L. Tellock

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1st Lt. Jason G. Timmerman

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Age: 24 Hometown: Tracy, Minnesota C Battery, 1st Battalion, 151st Field Artillery Died: February 21, 2005 in Baghdad, Iraq First Lieutenant Jason G. Timmerman, of Tracy, MN, was born on March 20, 1980 in Marshall, MN. He graduated from Lakeview High School in Cottonwood, MN in 1998. First Lieutenant Timmerman’s military career began when he… Continue reading 1st Lt. Jason G. Timmerman

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Sgt. Brent W. Koch

Age: 22 Hometown: Morgan, Minnesota E Company, 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry Died: June 16, 2006 in Ad Diwaniyah, Iraq Brent William Koch was born on October 7, 1983, in St. James, Minnesota, the son of Kevin and Valerie (Loft) Koch. He resided with his family in Franklin, and was confirmed in May, 1999… Continue reading Sgt. Brent W. Koch

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Sgt. Kyle R. Miller

Age: 19 Hometown: Willmar, Minnesota Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 125th Field Artillery Died: June 29, 2006 in Balad, Iraq Additional Links https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/14778536 http://www.fallenheroesmemorial.com/oif/profiles/millerkyler.html https://www.facebook.com/In-Memory-of-Sgt-Kyle-Miller-175439745825699/ http://freedomquilts.net/2011/01/sgt-kyle-r-miller/ https://www.wctrib.com/news/288870-willmar-soldier-killed-iraq https://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/06/millerobit https://thefallen.militarytimes.com/army-sgt-kyle-r-miller/1933318 https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/twincities/obituary.aspx?n=kyle-r-miller&pid=18367074 https://www.leg.state.mn.us/docs/2010/other/101583/www.governor.state.mn.us/priorities/governorsorders/flagsathalfstaff/2006/july/PROD007694.html https://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/30/kia http://www.wctrib.com/news/289024-fallen-soldier-returns-people-line-streets-honor-sgt-kyle-miller

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Sgt. Corey J. Rystad

Age: 20 Hometown: Red Lake Falls, Minnesota B Company, 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry Died: December 2, 2006 in Fallujah, Iraq Corey J. Rystad son of Jim and Donna (Salentiny) Rystad was born December 31, 1985 in Crookston, MN. He was baptized in the Catholic faith at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake… Continue reading Sgt. Corey J. Rystad

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Sgt. Bryan T. McDonough

Age: 22 Hometown: Maplewood, Minnesota B Company, 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry Died: December 2, 2006 in Fallujah, Iraq Additional Links https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/twincities/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=20201375 https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/16899885 https://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/04/soldierskilled https://thefallen.militarytimes.com/army-spc-bryan-t-mcdonough/2403832 https://www.leg.state.mn.us/docs/2010/other/101583/www.governor.state.mn.us/mediacenter/pressreleases/printerfriendly/PROD007862.html https://www.dvidshub.net/news/44253/cob-basra-roadways-honor-fallen https://www.twincities.com/2006/12/13/his-death-made-war-more-real/ https://www.1stmlg.marines.mil/News/News-Article-Display/Article/543149/minnesota-soldiers-honor-fallen-brothers/ http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/members/pressrelease.asp?pressid=1873&party=1&memid=12269 http://www.startribune.com/their-son-believed-in-iraq-mission-and-they-do-too/11615401/

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Sgt. Nicholas D. Turcotte

Age: 23 Hometown: Maple Grove, Minnesota A Company, 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry Died: December 4, 2006 near Al Nasiriyia, Iraq Sgt. Nicholas D. Turcotte, Age 23, of Maple Grove was killed in a vehicle accident on Monday, December 4th at approximately 6 a.m. Iraq time.  He was in a vehicle escorting a logistics convoy with… Continue reading Sgt. Nicholas D. Turcotte

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Staff Sgt. James M. Wosika Jr.

Age: 24 Hometown: St. Paul, Minnesota B Company, 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry Died: January 9, 2007 in Fallujah, Iraq Staff Sgt. James M. Wosika, Jr., age 24, of St Paul, was killed in combat.  Sgt. Wosika was assigned to B Company, 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry, based in Crookston.  On Tuesday, January 9, 2007,… Continue reading Staff Sgt. James M. Wosika Jr.

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Sgt. Maj. Michael Mettille

Age: 44 Hometown: West St. Paul, Minnesota A Company, 134th Brigade Support Battalion Died: February 1, 2007 in Camp Adder, Iraq Sgt. Maj. Michael Mettille, 44, of West St Paul died of a non-combat related injury Thursday, Feb. 1.  Sgt. Maj. Mettille was assigned to A Co., 134th Brigade Support Battalion based in Brooklyn Park. Additional Links https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/17772146… Continue reading Sgt. Maj. Michael Mettille

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Staff Sgt. Greg N. Riewer

Age: 28 Hometown: Frazee, Minnesota A Company, 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry Died: March 23, 2007 near Habbaniyah, Iraq Greg Ninerd Riewer was born the son of Richard and Janice (Aasness) Riewer on June 12, 1978 in Detroit Lakes, MN. He was raised in Frazee, graduating from Frazee High School in 1997. He enlisted… Continue reading Staff Sgt. Greg N. Riewer

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Spc. Carlos E. Wilcox IV

Age: 27 Hometown: Cottage Grove, Minnesota 34th Military Police Company Died: July 16, 2009 in Basrah, Iraq Spc. Carlos E. Wilcox, 27, of Cottage Grove was killed in combat.  He was assigned to the 34th Military Police Company in Stillwater, Minn.  Spc. Wilcox was killed when Contingency Operating Base Basra was attacked by indirect fire Thursday, July… Continue reading Spc. Carlos E. Wilcox IV

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Spc. James D. Wertish

Age: 20 Hometown: Olivia, Minnesota 34th Military Police Company Died: July 16, 2009 in Basrah, Iraq Specialist James David Wertish, 20, of Olivia was killed in combat.  He was assigned to the 34th Military Police Company in Stillwater, Minn.  Spc. Wertish was killed when Contingency Operating Base Basra was attacked by indirect fire Thursday, July 16 at… Continue reading Spc. James D. Wertish

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Spc. Daniel P. Drevnick

Three Multi-National Division-South Soldiers were killed when Contingency Operating Base Basra was attacked by indirect fire at approximately 9:15 p.m. on July 16. The incident is under investigation.

Age: 22 Hometown: Woodbury, Minnesota 34th Military Police Company Died: July 16, 2009 in Basrah, Iraq Specialist Daniel Paul Drevnick, 22, of Woodbury was killed in combat.  He was assigned to the 34th Military Police Company in Stillwater, Minn.  Spc. Drevnick was killed when Contingency Operating Base Basra was attacked by indirect fire Thursday, July 16… Continue reading Spc. Daniel P. Drevnick

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Maj. Tad T. Hervas

Age: 48 Hometown: Coon Rapids, Minnesota 34th Red Bull Infantry Division Died: October 6, 2009 in Basrah, Iraq Maj. Tad Hervas, 48, of Coon Rapids, MInn., died October 6, 2009, in Basrah, Iraq, in a non-combat-related incident. Maj. Tad Hervas was born January 16, 1961, in Cumberland, Wisconsin. Hervas graduated from Coon Rapids High School… Continue reading Maj. Tad T. Hervas

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SPC George W. Cauley

Age: 24 Hometown: Walker, Minnesota 114th Transportation Company Died: October 10, 2009 in Bagram, Afghanistan Spc. George Cauley died October 10, 2009, at Bagram, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained from an Improvised Explosive Device attack on October 7, 2009, while serving as a member of the 114th Transportation Company. SPC Cauley’s convoy was enroute to the… Continue reading SPC George W. Cauley

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Staff Sgt. Joshua R. Hanson

Age: 27 Hometown: Dent, Minnesota A Company, 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry Died: August 30, 2006 in Khalidyah, Iraq Joshua Robert Hanson was born August 22, 1979, in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, the son of Robert and Kathy (Elizondo) Hanson. In November 1979 he was baptized at the Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in St.… Continue reading Staff Sgt. Joshua R. Hanson

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Staff Sgt. David F. Day

Age: 25 Hometown: St. Louis Park, Minnesota C Battery, 1st Battalion, 151st Field Artillery Died: February 21, 2005 in Baghdad, Iraq Staff Sgt. David F. Day was killed Monday, February 21, 2005, in Baghdad, Iraq, while serving as a member of Company C, 1st Battalion, 151st Field Artillery. SSG Day was assisting injured Soldiers in… Continue reading Staff Sgt. David F. Day

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Sgt. Jesse M. Lhotka

Age: 24 Hometown: Appleton, Minnesota C Battery, 1st Battalion, 151st Field Artillery Died: February 21, 2005 in Baghdad, Iraq Sergeant Jesse M. Lhotka, of Alexandria, MN, was born on March 10, 1980 in Appleton, MN. He graduated from Lac Qui Parle Valley High School in Madison, MN.  Sergeant Lhotka’s military career began when he enlisted… Continue reading Sgt. Jesse M. Lhotka

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