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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Minnesota Guardsman brings Haitian culture to Guard service

Staff Sgt. Daphnee Pierre, a culinary management NCO with the Stillwater-based 34th Military Police Company, joined the Minnesota National Guard in 2009 as a financial management technician. Born and raised in Haiti, Pierre lived in New York with her extended family before coming to Minnesota. (Minnesota National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Blair Heusdens)

February 17, 2020 (STILLWATER, Minnesota) — Staff Sgt. Daphnee Pierre, a culinary management NCO with the Stillwater-based 34th Military Police Company, joined the Minnesota National Guard in 2009 as a financial management technician. Born and raised in Haiti, Pierre lived in New York with her extended family before coming to Minnesota. She has several extended… Continue reading Minnesota Guardsman brings Haitian culture to Guard service

Planting for the Future Event Cultivates Culture, Education & Opportunity at Camp Ripley

Members of the Minnesota National Guard welcomed students form the Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig School, Onamia Public Schools and Nay-Ah-Shing Schools onto Camp Ripley Sept. 20, 2019 to share in a cultural exchange while participating in the harvesting of sage, planting of natural prairie plants and to sharing in information about each other.

Sept 20, 2019 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota) – Members of the Minnesota National Guard welcome students and tribal members to Camp Ripley Sept. 20, 2019 for a day of cultural exchange and greetings. The event, known as ‘Planting for the Future’ included the harvesting of sage from the grounds on Camp Ripley by participant including Ojibwe… Continue reading Planting for the Future Event Cultivates Culture, Education & Opportunity at Camp Ripley

Minnesota Guardsman takes pride in service

June 24, 2019 (DULUTH, Minnesota) — “The Minnesota National Guard is an organization that cares about all its soldiers,” said Capt. Forrest Jennings, commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 1-94th Cavalry. “The biggest thing anybody cares about in the National Guard is that you’re going to do your job and that you’re going to have… Continue reading Minnesota Guardsman takes pride in service

Minnesota National Guard hosts regional Joint Diversity Executive Council workshop

May 16, 2019 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) – Diversity practitioners from seven states – Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin – gathered May 15-16, 2019, at the 133rd Airlift Wing to share best practices for improving equity and inclusion efforts in their respective National Guard organizations. “The intent is really to create radical inclusion… Continue reading Minnesota National Guard hosts regional Joint Diversity Executive Council workshop

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

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

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

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 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