Here to Serve

June 25, 2020 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota) — Spc. Isaiah Meza is a Soldier, brother and husband. He is a light-wheeled vehicle mechanic with the 204th Medical Company Area Support Group, as well as a full-time federal technician at Camp Ripley, Minnesota, who is preparing to attend a National Training Center rotation with the 1/34th Armored… Continue reading Here to Serve

Duluth Airmen serves in critical role as victim advocate

Senior Master Sgt. Christopher McLeod is a victim advocate at the 148th Fighter Wing in Duluth, Minnesota.

April 17, 2020 (DULUTH, Minnesota) — In 2011, an Airmen ten years into his career saw a new opportunity where he could serve in a position that would help protect fellow service members from harm every day. He’d be able to help individuals one-on-one and train his unit at the same time.             “As a… Continue reading Duluth Airmen serves in critical role as victim advocate

Sgt. Shanice Buckhalton: To serve her country and community

Sgt. Shanice Buckhalton is currently deployed to the Middle East as an administration non-commissioned officer with the Headquarters Support Company, 834th Aviation Support Battalion, 34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade.

February 20, 2020 (KUWAIT) – As an administration non-commissioned officer for the Headquarters Support Company, 834th Aviation Support Battalion, Sgt. Shanice Buckhalton has a long list of goals to accomplish during her first deployment. While completing her Bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Southwest Minnesota State University and fulfilling the 100 volunteer hours she needs… Continue reading Sgt. Shanice Buckhalton: To serve her country and community

Siblings Ski and Serve Together in Minnesota National Guard

Siena (left) and Jakob (right) shoot during a biathlon competition in Utah. Photo provided by Spc. Jakob Ellingson

February 20, 2020 (ST PAUL, Minnesota) – From Belarus to Chile to Northern Italy, biathletes and siblings Siena and Jakob Ellingson have been able to compete at high levels while serving in the Minnesota National Guard as specialists and motor transportation operators with the 114th Transportation Company. Despite not learning how to ski until age… Continue reading Siblings Ski and Serve Together in Minnesota National Guard

34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade to Deploy

September 18, 2019 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — Nearly 700 soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard’s St. Paul-based 34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade will deploy in support of Operation Spartan Shield and Operation Inherent Resolve. A departure ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. on September 20, 2019 at GraceChurch, 9301 Eden Prairie Road in Eden… Continue reading 34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade to Deploy

Minnesota Power serves military-connected employees

Leadership from Minnesota Power, the Minnesota National Guard, and the 148th Fighter Wing celebrate Minnesota Power's Yellow Ribbon designation on May 10, 2016. Minnesota Power was the first Duluth-based company to earn Yellow Ribbon status.

August 26, 2019 (DULUTH, Minn.) — Military deployments can be stressful.  1.8 million service members have deployed since the onset of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.  In a 2006 RAND Group study, 47% of service members and their spouses indicated military deployments impacted education or employment.  Of those, only 25% of the group referred to… Continue reading Minnesota Power serves military-connected employees

Enlisted to General

ROSEMOUNT, Minn. (July 9, 2019) — Stefanie Horvath’s one constant mission has been to keep improving the Minnesota National Guard wherever she is requested. This mission has brought her from the path of an enlisted Soldier to where she is today, pinning on a star. After 30 years of service, Horvath has achieved the rank… Continue reading Enlisted to General

Red Bulls conduct Brigade Warfighter at Camp Ripley

Soldiers with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 34th Infantry Division, prepare items to be moved during a tactical “jump” on May 16, 2019, during a brigade Warfighter Exercise at Camp Ripley, Minn. The brigade will conduct an eXportable Combat Training Capability (XCTC) brigade field training exercise that will focus on company level and below proficiency at Fort Hood, Texas, in August. (Minnesota National Guard photo by Sgt. Sebastian Nemec)

May 18, 2019 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota) — Tactical tan tents covered in netting are arranged in an irregular circle to form the brigade headquarters of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team of the 34th Infantry Division for a Warfighter Exercise at Camp Ripley, Minnesota, on May 9-19, 2019. Each tent houses a section critical to… Continue reading Red Bulls conduct Brigade Warfighter at Camp Ripley

Minnesota National Guard activated for winter storms

April 12, 2019 (AUSTIN, Minnesota) — On Thursday, April 11, the Minnesota Army National Guard was activated in southern Minnesota in response to winter storms as Governor Tim Walz signed an Emergency Executive Order. Thursday, April 11 at 6 p.m., Soldiers of the 224th Transportation Company in Austin were activated.  Throughout the evening Soldiers arrived,… Continue reading Minnesota National Guard activated for winter storms

No goal too big, no task too small

MARCH 1, 2019 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — Staff Sgt. Kayla Freeman, the assistant to the senior enlisted advisor for the Minnesota National Guard, has accomplished one of the most difficult goals in her military career, becoming a cavalry scout. Military occupational specialties in combat arms were closed to women prior to 2016. Freeman has always… Continue reading No goal too big, no task too small

Minnesota Guardsman receives national BEYA award

Photo courtesy of Chief Warrant Officer 3 Harry Ballard

February 25, 2019 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — Chief Warrant Officer 3 Harry Ballard, an unmanned aircraft systems technician with the 334th Brigade Engineer Battalion, was awarded the Black Engineer of the Year Awards Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Conference Stars and Stripes Service Military Award in Washington D.C. in February 2019.  Ballard is a notable… Continue reading Minnesota Guardsman receives national BEYA award

Service, Community and Beer

Master Sgt. Dustin Dodge

Oct. 31, 2018 (RIVER FALLS, Wisconsin) — Serving in the National Guard today is often more than a one weekend a month, two weeks a year commitment. And the lifestyle of an entrepreneur is time-consuming and demanding. Yet, Minnesota National Guard Air Force Master Sgt. Dustin Dodge does both. Across the border into Wisconsin, Dustin… Continue reading Service, Community and Beer

A simpler, more personal approach to resilience

Oct. 30, 2018 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — After a decade of learning resilience by PowerPoint, the Minnesota Army National Guard is taking training down to the squad level. “The thing that we were always missing [with the old program] is that people would hurry up through the PowerPoint and get it done and never actually… Continue reading A simpler, more personal approach to resilience

Minnesota National Guard to highlight diversity and leadership development at Women’s Leadership Forum

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 15, 2017 MAPLEWOOD, Minn.-Nearly 650 soldiers and airmen are scheduled to attend the Minnesota National Guard’s third annual Women’s Leadership Forum at the 3M Corporate Headquarters Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. “The Minnesota National Guard continues to diversify our force and grow strong leaders,” said Brig. Gen. Sandy Best, chief of staff… Continue reading Minnesota National Guard to highlight diversity and leadership development at Women’s Leadership Forum

Minnesota Guardsmen tasked for support to Hurricane Irma relief efforts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 11, 2017 ST. PAUL, Minn.-This past weekend the Minnesota Air National Guard sent 41 Airmen to support response efforts for Hurricane Irma. Six Soldiers from the Minnesota Army National Guard also departed this morning to support relief efforts. “I thank Major General Nash for his leadership, and the brave Minnesota National… Continue reading Minnesota Guardsmen tasked for support to Hurricane Irma relief efforts

Minnesota National Guard to send aviation assets to support Hurricane Harvey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 1, 2017 ST. PAUL, Minn.-Governor Dayton has approved 11 soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard’s 34th Combat Aviation Brigade to support response efforts for Hurricane Harvey. The soldiers will depart today from St. Cloud via CH-47 chinook helicopters to conduct aviation operations in Texas. “I am glad that Minnesota will be… Continue reading Minnesota National Guard to send aviation assets to support Hurricane Harvey

‘Highly Effective:’ 148th Fighter Wing Excels

By Capt. Nathan Wallin 148th Fighter Wing Public Affairs DULUTH, Minn. (Aug. 24, 2017) – For four days in early August, a team of inspectors from the Air Combat Command’s Inspector General team (ACC/IG) inspected, evaluated, verified and validated the Minnesota Air National Guard’s 148th Fighter Wing (148FW) in Duluth. The results were impressive. From Thursday, Aug.… Continue reading ‘Highly Effective:’ 148th Fighter Wing Excels

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347th RSG units test unique capabilities during Combined Support Training Exercise

By Staff Sgt. Patrick Loch 347th Regional Support Group Public Affairs FORT MCCOY, Wisconsin (Aug. 16, 2017) – The 347th Regional Support Group commander and command sergeant major traveled to Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, Aug. 15, 2017, to recognize several Soldiers training there. The 204th Area Medical Support Company, 147th Financial Management Support Detachment and 247th FMSD are… Continue reading 347th RSG units test unique capabilities during Combined Support Training Exercise

500 Minnesota soldiers notified for 2018 deployment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 13, 2017 ROSEMOUNT, Minn.-More than 500 Soldiers from the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division headquarters have been notified of a possible deployment to Southwest Asia beginning in the fall of 2018. “The Red Bulls maintain a high level of readiness, and over the next 12 months, our soldiers will train for… Continue reading 500 Minnesota soldiers notified for 2018 deployment

347th RSG trains to master tactical, uninterrupted sustainment support

By Staff Sgt. Patrick Loch 347th Regional Support Group Public Affairs CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. (Aug. 10, 2017) – After three busy days establishing a field command post and integrating units from across the country, the 347th Regional Support Group is underway with a three-week Combat Support Training Exercise during annual training at Camp Ripley. It began… Continue reading 347th RSG trains to master tactical, uninterrupted sustainment support

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Military kids participate in Minnesota National Guard Youth Camp

By Tech Sgt. Lynette Olivares 148th Fighter Wing Public Affairs CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. (August 7, 2017) – Summer camp as a kid and young teen is usually filled with memories of campfires, swimming in the lake and BBQs. Camp Ripley Training Center hosted the Minnesota National Guard Youth Camp (MNGYC) for more than 200 military… Continue reading Military kids participate in Minnesota National Guard Youth Camp

All-gun fire mission culminates unit’s training experience

By Staff Sgt. Anthony Housey Camp Ripley Public Affairs CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. (August 2, 2017) – Soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 125th Field Artillery took part in a battalion-size live fire exercise July 30, 2017, at Camp Ripley. “It is the first time that we have done a battalion fire mission in one… Continue reading All-gun fire mission culminates unit’s training experience

Minnesota aviators participate in Talisman Saber 17, lay foundation for Warfighter Training Exercise

By 1st Lt. Eric Jungels 34th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. (July 25, 2017) – More than 140 Soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard’s 34th Combat Aviation Brigade recently wrapped up participation here in the seventh iteration of the biennial training exercise Talisman Saber. The St. Paul, Minnesota-based Soldiers were among 33,000 U.S. and… Continue reading Minnesota aviators participate in Talisman Saber 17, lay foundation for Warfighter Training Exercise

National Guard Soldiers advance to all-Army Best Warrior Competition

By Master Sgt. Ashlee Sherrill 34th Red Bull Infantry Division Public Affairs CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. (July 21, 2017) – Fourteen of the Army National Guard’s most elite Soldiers gathered on Camp Ripley. Training Center in central Minnesota July 17-20 to determine who would compete in the all-Army Best Warrior Competition later this year. Although every Soldier gave it… Continue reading National Guard Soldiers advance to all-Army Best Warrior Competition

Fourteen Soldiers. Twelve States. One Competition.

By Sgt. Sebastian Nemec Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. (July 16, 2017) – One Soldier (junior enlisted) and one NCO (non-commissioned officer) will emerge at the top at the Army National Guard’s Best Warrior Competition held at Camp Ripley, Minn., July 17-20, 2017, and move on to represent the Guard in the All-Army Best… Continue reading Fourteen Soldiers. Twelve States. One Competition.

Minnesota-based Combat Aviation Unit Soars into Battle Phase of Bilateral Training Exercise

By 1st Lt. Eric Jungels 34th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs CAMP ATTERBURY, Indiana (July 16, 2017) – More than 140 Soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard’s 34th Combat Aviation Brigade have established a presence at Camp Atterbury, Indiana, where they are supporting and engaging in high-level military operations and synchronization training. Members of the St. Paul,… Continue reading Minnesota-based Combat Aviation Unit Soars into Battle Phase of Bilateral Training Exercise

Camp Ripley to host National Guard Best Warrior Competition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 10, 2017 CAMP RIPLEY, Minn.- Fourteen soldiers from 12 states, representing seven Army National Guard regions will compete July 17-20 at Camp Ripley in the Army National Guard’s Best Warrior Competition. “This competition will test the soldiers’ ability to perform tasks that are vital to our ability to fight and win… Continue reading Camp Ripley to host National Guard Best Warrior Competition

National Guard Best Warriors to compete in road march around Lake Itasca

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 7, 2017 PARK RAPIDS, Minn.- Fourteen National Guard Soldiers from 12 states will be competing July 17-20, at Camp Ripley in the Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition. As part of the competition, the soldiers will complete a road march around Lake Itasca the morning of July 20, ending at the… Continue reading National Guard Best Warriors to compete in road march around Lake Itasca

Minnesota National Guard seeks applicants for Cyber Protection Team

The application window is now open for Soldiers who are interested in joining the Minnesota National Guard’s new Cyber Protection Team (CPT). National Guard Cyber Protection Teams consist of 39 highly-trained Soldiers who conduct defensive cyberspace operations on Army networks to support mission requirements. The Minnesota National Guard is seeking the best and brightest Soldiers… Continue reading Minnesota National Guard seeks applicants for Cyber Protection Team

Mission Complete: Bearcats Finish NATO Exercise in Lithuania’s Suwalki Gap

By Sgt. William Boecker 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs PABRADE, Lithuania (June 23, 2017) – At the sound of 17 U.S. Army rotary wing aircraft humming through the air, Soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard’s 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry, in addition to Service members of five NATO Allied countries, load onto Black… Continue reading Mission Complete: Bearcats Finish NATO Exercise in Lithuania’s Suwalki Gap

Beyond NATO Commitments, MN State Partnership with Croatia Continues to Grow

By Capt. Paul Modeen 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs PABRADE, Lithuania (June 22, 2017) –Since 1996, the Minnesota National Guard and the Croatian Armed Forces have been partners in the National Guard’s State Partnership Program. Beyond the bond of the NATO commitment, a mutual trust and unique bond has been forged amongst the warriors of… Continue reading Beyond NATO Commitments, MN State Partnership with Croatia Continues to Grow

7 Nations, 4 Branches, 1 Mission; Saber Strike ’17

By Sgt. William Boecker 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs PABRADE, Lithuania (June 20, 2017) – As the sun begins to set on the Lithuanian countryside, the final touches are put on the camouflage netting designed to break the silhouette and conceal the position of the Tactical Action Center, or TAC, of the 1st Armored… Continue reading 7 Nations, 4 Branches, 1 Mission; Saber Strike ’17

Minnesota Aviators complete successful eXportable Combat Training Capability exercise

By 1st Lt. Katherine Zins 34th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs FORT HOOD, Texas (June 20, 2017) – Soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard’s 2-147th Assault Helicopter Battalion wrapped up support for an eXportable Combat Training Capability (XCTC) exercise at Fort Hood, Texas, recently. The unit was part of Task Force Ragnar, the exercise’s aviation element,… Continue reading Minnesota Aviators complete successful eXportable Combat Training Capability exercise

CERFP exercise tests Guardsmen, new evaluation team

By Staff Sgt. Patrick Loch Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs DULUTH, Minn. (June 8, 2017) – Minnesota National Guard members serving in a variety of roles tested their skills as evaluators and domestic response assets during a Combined Training Exercise simulating a chemical explosion in the harbors of Duluth from June 3 to June 9, 2017.… Continue reading CERFP exercise tests Guardsmen, new evaluation team

Red Bulls reunite with loved ones after peacekeeping mission

By Sgt. Sebastian Nemec Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (June 7, 2017) – The Bloomington Army National Guard Armory was lined with dozens of family and friends, and some dogs, as they awaited the long-anticipated arrival of their Soldiers with welcome home signs, flowers and cameras on June 7, 2017. After a nine-month peacekeeping mission… Continue reading Red Bulls reunite with loved ones after peacekeeping mission

2-147th AHB Begins XCTC Training Exercise

By 1st Lt. Katherine Zins 34th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs FORT HOOD, Texas (June 6, 2017) – The Minnesota National Guard’s 2nd Battalion, 147th Assault Helicopter Battalion traveled to Fort Hood to provide aerial support to the 278th Regiment during an eXportable Combat Training Center (XCTC) training exercise. After arriving at Ft. Hood, the main body… Continue reading 2-147th AHB Begins XCTC Training Exercise

Minnesota Air and Army National Guard represent at Duluth Airshow

Airmen from the Minnesota National Guard's 148th Fighter Wing speak with the public about the unit's mission during the 2017 Duluth Air Show.

By Tech. Sgt. Lynette Olivares 148th Fighter Wing Public Affairs DULUTH, Minn. (June 4, 2017) – Representatives and aviation assets from the Minnesota Air and Army National Guard were on display at the Duluth Airshow, June 3-4, 2017. “We are so happy to be part of this event that involves so many different aspects of the… Continue reading Minnesota Air and Army National Guard represent at Duluth Airshow

Response exercise in Duluth will involve military and civilian first responders from Minnesota and Wisconsin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 2, 2017 DULUTH, Minn.-Soldiers and Airmen from the Minnesota and Wisconsin National Guard will be conducting a domestic response exercise with local first responders in Duluth and Superior, June 4-7, 2017. Some of the training will be visible to the public and take place in public areas including the former Duluth… Continue reading Response exercise in Duluth will involve military and civilian first responders from Minnesota and Wisconsin

Red Bull PSYOPS Team Seeks Officers for Challenging, Rewarding Career

By Staff Sgt. Aaron Borgerding 34th Red Bull Infantry Division Public Affairs ROSEMOUNT, Minn. (May 30, 2017) – “We are cultural communication experts,” said Master Sgt. Eric Christoffel, the Minnesota National Guard’s 34th Red Bull Infantry Division senior Psychological Operations (PSYOPS) non-commissioned officer (NCO). “The main function of the Psychological Operations section is to use communications to… Continue reading Red Bull PSYOPS Team Seeks Officers for Challenging, Rewarding Career

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Operation Future Warrior, rain or shine

By Staff Sgt. Anthony Housey Camp Ripley Public Affairs CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. (May 24, 2017) – More than 900 recruits from the Minnesota National Guard came to Camp Ripley Friday through Sunday for Operation Future Warrior. Young men and women who volunteered to join the Minnesota Army National Guard got to experience a small taste of basic… Continue reading Operation Future Warrior, rain or shine

St. Paul-based Combat Aviation Brigade welcomes new senior enlisted leader

By 1st Lt. Eric Jungels 34th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs ARDEN HILLS, Minn. (May 23, 2017) – The Minnesota National Guard’s 34th Combat Aviation Brigade welcomed a new senior enlisted leader during a change of responsibility ceremony, May 21, 2017, at the Arden Hills Army Training Site. Command Sgt. Maj. Mitchell Hellkamp assumed duties as the… Continue reading St. Paul-based Combat Aviation Brigade welcomes new senior enlisted leader

Families recognized for sacrifices during Guard deployment

By Master Sgt. Ashlee Sherrill 34th Red Bull Infantry Division Public Affairs ST. CLOUD, Minn. (May 22, 2017) – Soldiers of B Co., 2-211th General Support Aviation Battalion were welcomed home May 20, 2017, at the River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud, Minnesota. During the ceremony, families were recognized for their sacrifices during the year-long… Continue reading Families recognized for sacrifices during Guard deployment

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Camp Ripley’s Training Support Unit keeps the base running

By Staff Sgt. Anthony Housey Camp Ripley Public Affairs CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. (May 16, 2017) – The Camp Ripley Training Support Unit is designated to the care, upkeep and assistance to the installation and those utilizing the facility. “The Training Support Unit’s (TSU) primary focus is to support unit training requirements and ensure smooth operations here on… Continue reading Camp Ripley’s Training Support Unit keeps the base running

Camp Ripley joins in on Health & Fitness Month

By Staff Sgt. Anthony Housey Camp Ripley Public Affairs CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. (May 4, 2017) – Employees and soldiers at Camp Ripley are taking advantage of the warmer weather in Minnesota and stretching their legs with the kick off of Health & Fitness Month in May. “Staying fit and healthy is important for an enjoyable and… Continue reading Camp Ripley joins in on Health & Fitness Month

Officers convene for 112th Meeting of the National Guard Association of Minnesota

By Staff Sgt. Patrick Loch Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs MANKATO, Minn. (April 28, 2017) – Commissioned leaders of the Minnesota National Guard convened for the 112th General Conference of the National Guard Association of Minnesota at the Verizon Wireless Center and Hilton Garden Inn, Mankato, on April 22, 2017. The annual gathering of association members –… Continue reading Officers convene for 112th Meeting of the National Guard Association of Minnesota

Camp Ripley earns top environmental award

By Staff Sgt. Anthony Housey Camp Ripley Public Affairs CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. (April 27, 2017) – The Department of Defense announced that Camp Ripley was selected as the winner of the Secretary of Defense Environmental Award for Natural Resources Conservation, Large Installation. The awards recognize individuals, teams and installations for their exceptional environmental achievements and innovative,… Continue reading Camp Ripley earns top environmental award

Minnesota Guardsman finds work with victims in the military and the local community rewarding

By Master Sgt. Blair Heusdens Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. (April 26, 2017) – Staff Sgt. Nicquie Neely has been working with victims of sexual assault for four years in the Minnesota National Guard and also volunteers as a victim advocate in the community. As a victim advocate, it’s her job to believe… Continue reading Minnesota Guardsman finds work with victims in the military and the local community rewarding

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Learning to instruct professionalism and discipline

By Staff Sgt. Anthony Housey Camp Ripley Public Affairs CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. (April 19, 2017) – It was a challenging and rewarding two weeks for members attending the Army National Guard Funeral Honors Instructor Course, April 1-14, at Camp Ripley. Soldiers of National Guard units from all over the United States took part in the course… Continue reading Learning to instruct professionalism and discipline

Chaplains support Muslim Soldiers by finding common ground

By Master Sgt. Ashlee Sherrill 34th Red Bull Infantry Division Public Affairs ROSEMOUNT, Minn. (April 18, 2017) – The Soldiers of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division had a unique opportunity to speak with one of the U.S. Army’s five Muslim chaplains April 7-10, 2017. U.S. Army Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Khallid Shabazz, I Corps deputy command… Continue reading Chaplains support Muslim Soldiers by finding common ground

Howling with pride – Minnesota Service members honored by MN Timberwolves

By Staff Sgt. Patrick Loch Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs ST. PAUL, Minn. (April 14, 2017) – For the third consecutive year, Minnesota service members were honored with on-court recognition and other VIP treatments as part of the Minnesota Timberwolves Heroes of the Pack Program. “We are very appreciative for what the military does for us,… Continue reading Howling with pride – Minnesota Service members honored by MN Timberwolves

Red Bulls move vehicles for partnership exercises

By Staff Sgt. Anthony Housey Camp Ripley Public Affairs CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. (April 12, 2017) – Soldiers of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division wrapped up a week-long rail load operation Sunday at Camp Ripley in preparation for several upcoming international training exercises. Vehicle crewmen from the 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry… Continue reading Red Bulls move vehicles for partnership exercises

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Minnesota Power and Minn. National Guard to celebrate constructed solar array at Camp Ripley

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 6, 2017 CAMP RIPLEY, Minn.- Camp Ripley will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Minnesota Power and the Minnesota National Guard at 10:30 a.m. on April 13, 2017, at the solar array observation platform on Camp Ripley. “Solar energy jobs in Minnesota have grown 232 percent in just the last three years.… Continue reading Minnesota Power and Minn. National Guard to celebrate constructed solar array at Camp Ripley

Minnesota National Guard to celebrate opening of new facility in Stillwater

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 5, 2017 STILLWATER, Minn.- The Minnesota National Guard will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new readiness center at 350 Maryknoll Drive North in Stillwater, April 7, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. “The hard work and critical training that our Soldiers conduct here will have a lasting impact on the Stillwater community… Continue reading Minnesota National Guard to celebrate opening of new facility in Stillwater

Month of the Military Child highlights the sacrifices of military kids

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 4, 2017 ST. PAUL, Minn.-The month of April is recognized as the Month of the Military Child. Throughout the month there will be several opportunities to highlight the contributions of these children whose sacrifices often go unnoticed. “Military children make enormous sacrifices so that their family members can serve,” said Maj.… Continue reading Month of the Military Child highlights the sacrifices of military kids

Camp Ripley graduates new class of combat medics

>By Staff Sgt. Anthony Housey Camp Ripley Public Affairs CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. (March 29, 2017) – Fifteen Soldiers from across the U.S. completed the 68W Combat Medic, Military Occupational Specialty-Transition Course recently at Camp Ripley. The 58 day course is part of the 2nd Battalion, 175th Regiment Regional Training Institute’s program for re-classing or transitioning Soldiers… Continue reading Camp Ripley graduates new class of combat medics

Camp Ripley strikes first before wildfire season

By Staff Sgt. Anthony Housey Camp Ripley Public Affairs CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. (March 24, 2017) – Every spring Camp Ripley begins its annual controlled burn program to help reduce the risk of wildfire during training. “Usually the burns are completed every spring before the summer annual training season begins,” said Tim Notch, training area coordinator on… Continue reading Camp Ripley strikes first before wildfire season

Minnesota Guardsman earns recognition through Leads 2 Enlistment program

By Sgt. 1st Class Carinda Horton Minnesota National Guard Recruiting and Retention Battalion DULUTH, Minn. (March 23, 2017) – Pfc. Trevor Nelson received the Minnesota Distinguished Recruiting Ribbon and a Minnesota Recruiting and Retention Battalion medallion for excellence from Command Sgt. Maj. Curtis Serbus, March 18, 2017, at the Duluth Armory. Nelson earned these awards as… Continue reading Minnesota Guardsman earns recognition through Leads 2 Enlistment program

Litchfield and Local Veteran Honor Gen. John Vessey at Armory Open House

By Master Sgt. Daniel Ewer Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs LITCHFIELD, Minn. (March 10, 2017) –Bruce Cottington, a Navy veteran of WWII and Korea, donated a bronze bust of Gen. John W. Vessey, Jr. to the Litchfield National Guard unit during the armory’s public open house event March 4. Cottington, a Litchfield resident, commands the Minnesota… Continue reading Litchfield and Local Veteran Honor Gen. John Vessey at Armory Open House

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Camp Ripley welcomes new command sergeant major

By Staff Sgt. Anthony Housey Camp Ripley Public Affairs CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. (March 8, 2017) – The garrison command team of Camp Ripley, family, friends and colleagues from the Minnesota National Guard attended a Change of Responsibility ceremony between Command Sgt. Maj. Mike Worden and Command Sgt. Maj. Matt Erickson, March 5, 2017, at Camp Ripley.… Continue reading Camp Ripley welcomes new command sergeant major

Norwegian youth recognized for response to vehicle accident

By Staff Sgt. Anthony Housey Camp Ripley Public Affairs CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. (Feb. 22, 2017) – Norwegian youths Stian Dahl and Haavard Engen received the Camp Ripley Garrison Commander’s coin from Col. Scott St Sauver February 19, 2017, in recognition for reacting to a vehicle accident they witnessed earlier that week. As part of the U.S.-Norway… Continue reading Norwegian youth recognized for response to vehicle accident

To the top of the mountain and back, NOREX 44 members embrace the Norwegian winter

By Staff Sgt. Patrick Loch Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs HALTDALEN, Norway (Feb. 21, 2017) – After two days at a base camp near Haltdalen, Norway, Minnesota National Guardsmen participating in the 44th Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange were ready for the most challenging aspect of their four-day field training exercise – a ski march up the mountain.… Continue reading To the top of the mountain and back, NOREX 44 members embrace the Norwegian winter

Norwegian youth train with Minnesota National Guard

By Staff Sgt. Anthony Housey Camp Ripley Public Affairs CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. (Feb. 16, 2017) -Youth of the Norwegian Home Guard experienced some of Minnesota culture along with focused military style training during the first week of NOREX 2017. The U.S.–Norway reciprocal Troop Exchange, which began Feb. 9, 2017, annually swaps approximately 100 Soldiers and Airmen… Continue reading Norwegian youth train with Minnesota National Guard

Warmly welcomed, U.S. contingent arrives in Norway for NOREX 44

By Staff Sgt. Patrick Loch Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs CAMP VAERNES, Norway (Feb. 12, 2017) – Following a muster at the 133rd Airlift Wing and an eight-hour overnight flight across the Atlantic Ocean, nearly 100 Soldiers and Airmen with the Minnesota National Guard finally arrived in Norway to conduct the 44th Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange… Continue reading Warmly welcomed, U.S. contingent arrives in Norway for NOREX 44

Family and Friendship wrapped up in gift for Norwegian exchange

By Staff Sgt. Anthony Housey Camp Ripley Public Affairs CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. (Feb. 8, 2017) – Careful attention was put into the creation of a hand-made quilt for this year’s organizational gift during the 2017 U.S.-Norway Reciprocal Troop Exchange. Since 1974, the exchange of gifts between the Minnesota National Guard and the Norwegian Home Guard has helped… Continue reading Family and Friendship wrapped up in gift for Norwegian exchange

Soldiers conduct winter vehicle recovery training on Camp Ripley

By Sgt. 1st Class Luke Straw MNNG Regional Training Site Maintenance CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. (Jan. 31, 2017) – Instructors of the Minnesota National Guard Regional Training Site-Maintenance (RTS-M) led training Jan. 14, 2017, for Advanced Recovery Operations in a winter training environment at Camp Ripley. “We need to prepare for all weather conditions and train accordingly to… Continue reading Soldiers conduct winter vehicle recovery training on Camp Ripley

Hamlar’s passion for taking care of people evident inside and out of the operating room

By Tech. Sgt. Paul Santikko Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs ST. PAUL, Minn. (Feb. 3, 2017) – On the third floor of the University of Minnesota’s main-hospital building in Minneapolis, a 94 year-old woman waits patiently in a pre-operating room with her husband close by her side. In enters “Doc” Hamlar dressed in scrubs and a white… Continue reading Hamlar’s passion for taking care of people evident inside and out of the operating room

Medical professionals meet for joint training

By Sgt. Brent Ostrowski 34th Infantry Division Public Affairs CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. (Feb. 2, 2017) – Members of the Minnesota Army and Air National Guard medical community met Jan. 28-29, 2017, at Camp Ripley for the 2017 Minnesota Medical Team Summit for professional development and training to share best practices and discuss the future of military… Continue reading Medical professionals meet for joint training

Senior enlisted conference offers Red Bulls opportunity to network, develop

By Master Sgt. Ashlee Sherrill 34th Red Bull Infantry Division Public Affairs CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. (Jan. 31, 2017) – Nearly 150 Soldiers and Airmen gathered as enlisted leaders at Camp Ripley to discuss issues important to the non-commissioned officer corps in the Minnesota National Guard, providing an opportunity for Red Bull leaders to network and develop their… Continue reading Senior enlisted conference offers Red Bulls opportunity to network, develop

MNNG Military Police deploy to support Joint Task Force Guantanamo

By Staff Sgt. Patrick Loch Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs MONTICELLO, Minn. (Jan. 30, 2017) – More than 120 Soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard’s 257th Military Police Company were bade farewell during a ceremony that filled the Monticello High School auditorium Jan. 28, 2017. The company, following pre-mobilization training at Fort Bliss, Texas, will deploy to… Continue reading MNNG Military Police deploy to support Joint Task Force Guantanamo

Camp Ripley ensures mission readiness

By Staff Sgt. Anthony Housey Camp Ripley Public Affairs CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. (Jan. 26, 2017) – Maintenance technicians working at Camp Ripley labored through the month of January to ensure the readiness of vehicles and equipment for the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team. “We are working to get units of the Brigade recovered from their gunnery… Continue reading Camp Ripley ensures mission readiness

Monticello-based Soldiers to deploy to Guantanamo Bay

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 25, 2017 MONTICELLO, Minn. -More than 120 Soldiers from the Monticello-based 257th Military Police Company will be deploying to U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay in support of Joint Task Force Guantanamo. “Our unit is trained and ready to professionally carry out this very important mission,” said Capt. Jon Schliesing, commander of… Continue reading Monticello-based Soldiers to deploy to Guantanamo Bay

Minnesota National Guard contract acquisition team to deploy

By Capt. Melanie Nelson 347th Regional Support Group Public Affairs CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. (Jan. 15, 2017) – Four Soldiers from the Minnesota Army National Guard’s Little Falls-based 1903rd Support Detachment, 347th Regional Support Group will deploy for a nine-month contracting mission at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel. “The Soldiers are motivated, trained… Continue reading Minnesota National Guard contract acquisition team to deploy

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Jensen takes command of historic 34th Red Bull Infantry Division in its 100th year

By Master Sgt. Blair Heusdens Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs Rosemount, Minn. (Jan. 13, 2017) – Brig. Gen. Jon Jensen, Minnesota National Guard Director of the Joint Staff, took command of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, Jan. 8, 2017, as the Division marks its centennial anniversary. “2017 marks a historic year for the Red Bulls as… Continue reading Jensen takes command of historic 34th Red Bull Infantry Division in its 100th year

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Military, Civilian Response Agencies Train for Super Bowl 2018

By Sgt. Sebastian Nemec Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs ST. PAUL, Minn. (Jan. 12, 2017) – Soldiers and Airmen with the Minnesota National Guard’s CBRN Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP) and Twin Cities emergency service personnel with MN Task Force One endured single-digit temperatures at the WestRock paper mill in St. Paul, Minn., Jan. 7, 2017,… Continue reading Military, Civilian Response Agencies Train for Super Bowl 2018

NOREX 44 ‘Away Team’ assembles in preparation for annual exchange

By Staff Sgt. Patrick Loch Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. (Jan. 29, 2017) – The contingent of soldiers and airmen from the Minnesota National Guard preparing for the annual U.S.-Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange assembled for their first formal training event Saturday and Sunday at Camp Ripley Training Center. The preparatory drill weekend, which… Continue reading NOREX 44 ‘Away Team’ assembles in preparation for annual exchange

Soldier finds peace during memorial ceremony

By Staff Sgt. Anthony Housey Camp Ripley Public Affairs CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. (Dec. 11, 2016) –Family members, veterans, Service members and volunteers from the surrounding communities gathered at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Dec. 17, 2016, for the annual Wreaths for the Fallen event sponsored by WreathsForTheFallen.org. “It was such an amazing event despite the weather,”… Continue reading Soldier finds peace during memorial ceremony

Red Bull Soldiers Support Successful Bilateral Training Exercise with Japan

By Capt. Sara Behr 34th Red Bull Infantry Division Public Affairs JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (Dec. 19, 2016) – Soldiers of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, based in Rosemount, Minn., recently traveled to Joint Base Lewis McChord, Washington, to participate in Yama Sakura 71, a bilateral training exercise in support of the U.S. and Japan military… Continue reading Red Bull Soldiers Support Successful Bilateral Training Exercise with Japan

210th Engineering Installation Squadron marks 45 Years of operational excellence and community involvement

By Tech. Sgt. Paul Santikko 133rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs ST. PAUL, Minn. (Dec. 14, 2016) – There are many jobs in the Air Force that are vital to the mission but are not always visible. However, just because something isn’t visible doesn’t mean that it isn’t important. Take for instance the ability to communicate with one… Continue reading 210th Engineering Installation Squadron marks 45 Years of operational excellence and community involvement

Camp Ripley Garrison Unit Ministry Team to deploy

By Staff Sgt. Anthony Housey Camp Ripley Public Affairs CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. (Dec. 7, 2016) – Soldiers of the Camp Ripley Training Support Unit recognized and gave best wishes to their Unit Ministry Team, Dec. 3, 2016, during the annual holiday party. Chaplain Lt. Col. Michael Crawford and Staff Sgt. Carl Seim of the 47th Chaplain Detachment… Continue reading Camp Ripley Garrison Unit Ministry Team to deploy

Camp Ripley drives on with rebuild

By Staff Sgt. Anthony Housey Camp Ripley Public Affairs CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. (Dec. 2, 2016) – Following a damaging storm last fall, Camp Ripley and the Minnesota National Guard set plans in motion for the rebuilding of housing and maintenance structures on the installation. “The replacement strategy for outdated and damaged buildings is integrated into our… Continue reading Camp Ripley drives on with rebuild

Chef Challenge serves up for military and community

By Staff Sgt. Anthony Housey Camp Ripley Public Affairs BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (Nov. 30, 2016) – Minnesota National Guard food service specialists competed for “Top Chef” at the Nov. 11 Veterans Day Chef Challenge at the Mall of America. To celebrate Veterans Day the Mall of America, Star Tribune and Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Network teamed up… Continue reading Chef Challenge serves up for military and community

Uncovering the past at Camp Ripley

By Staff Sgt. Anthony Housey Camp Ripley Public Affairs CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. (Nov. 16, 2016) –Archaeologists from Commonwealth Heritage Group out of Milwaukee, Wis., concluded phase I inventory surveys Nov. 4, 2016, at Camp Ripley. The surveys help to identify lands possibly used as settlements on the Camp Ripley reservation, how they connect to the surrounding… Continue reading Uncovering the past at Camp Ripley

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Camp Ripley preserves, protects environmental and cultural resources

By Staff Sgt. Anthony Housey Camp Ripley Public Affairs CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. (Nov. 9, 2016) – The environmental team at Camp Ripley continues to be proud of their reputation for conserving the natural and cultural resources of central Minnesota. Additionally, the team supports unit readiness through research, guidance and implementation of sustainable, environmentally-responsible practices. “Since the… Continue reading Camp Ripley preserves, protects environmental and cultural resources

Operation Future Warrior promotes positive opportunities

By Staff Sgt. Anthony Housey Camp Ripley Public Affairs CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. (Nov. 2, 2016) – Some of the newest members of the Minnesota National Guard took part in a short and informative familiarization exercise October 28-30, 2016, at Camp Ripley. “Operation Future Warrior was established to promote a motivating Army environment generating awareness and education for… Continue reading Operation Future Warrior promotes positive opportunities

347th RSG’s top Soldiers gut it out for title of Best Warrior

Sgt. Jonathon Pobuda (3rd from left), 147th Human Resources Company, leads a squad during a tactical movement exercise during Day 2 of the 347th Regional Support Groupâs Best Warrior Competition at Camp Ripley Training Center from Oct. 14 to 16, 2016. Spc. William Roberson, 147th Human Resources Company, is on point, while 2 non-evaluated support-staff join the patrol to make up an squad-size element. (Minnesota National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Patrick Loch)

By Staff Sgt. Patrick Loch 347th Regional Support Group Public Affairs CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. (Oct. 17, 2016) – The 347th Regional Support Group hosted a brigade-level Best Warrior Competition at Camp Ripley Training Center from Oct. 14 to 16, 2016, to select the brigade’s Best NCO and Best Soldier – both of whom will represent the brigade… Continue reading 347th RSG’s top Soldiers gut it out for title of Best Warrior

Minnesota National Guard celebrates Hispanic heritage month

By Master Sgt. Blair Heusdens Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs ARDEN HILLS, Minn. (Oct. 16, 2016) – The Minnesota National Guard celebrated Hispanic Heritage month by inviting two members of the Hispanic community to share their stories during a potluck lunch at the Arden Hills Army Training Site, Oct. 11, 2016. First to speak was Minnesota… Continue reading Minnesota National Guard celebrates Hispanic heritage month

Major General Nash to Continue Service as Adjutant General of Minnesota

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 12, 2016 ST. PAUL, Minn.-After a successful appeal by Governor Mark Dayton to former National Guard Bureau Chief General Frank J. Grass, Major General Richard C. Nash will continue serving the state of Minnesota as Adjutant General until the state’s mandatory retirement, through October 31, 2017. Without Governor Dayton’s action, Major… Continue reading Major General Nash to Continue Service as Adjutant General of Minnesota

Care of injured bird comes full circle

Spc Jeff Jensen releases an eagle back into the wild after three months of rehabilitation, Oct. 4, 2016, at Camp Ripley. Jensen found and reported the injured bird who was rehabilitated with the help of the University of Minnesota's Raptor Center. (Minnesota National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Anthony Housey)

By Staff Sgt. Anthony Housey Camp Ripley Public Affairs CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. (Oct. 12, 2016) – An eagle was released back in the wild Oct. 4, 2016, at Camp Ripley following three months of rehabilitation. “We’d like to thank the team at Camp Ripley for rescuing and bringing this bald eagle to the Raptor Center for… Continue reading Care of injured bird comes full circle

Camp Ripley inducts members into Court of Honor

Hundreds of friends, family and fellow Service members filled the Gen. John W. Vessey Recreation Center Oct. 2, 2016, at Camp Ripley to honor and recognize 19 members of the Minnesota National Guard who were inducted into the Court of Honor. The Memorialization Board inducted not only five Minnesota National Guard leaders, but also 14 Soldiers who died while deployed overseas.

By Staff Sgt. Anthony Housey Camp Ripley Public Affairs CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. (Oct. 5, 2016) – Hundreds of friends, family and fellow service members filled the Gen. John W. Vessey Recreation Center Oct. 2, 2016, at Camp Ripley to honor and recognize 19 members of the Minnesota National Guard who were inducted into the Court of Honor.… Continue reading Camp Ripley inducts members into Court of Honor

Substance abuse summit works to support the National Guard

By Staff Sgt. Anthony Housey Camp Ripley Public Affairs CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. (Sept. 28, 2016) – Service members from across the Minnesota National Guard attended a summit Monday and Tuesday at Camp Ripley to discuss the methods of distribution for the organization’s alcohol policy. In its inaugural year, the Army Substance Abuse Prevention Summit, hosted by… Continue reading Substance abuse summit works to support the National Guard