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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

Minnesota National Guard activated to support to civil authorities

August 27, 2020 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) – Minnesota National Guard activated to support to civil authorities. Last night Governor Tim Walz activated the Minnesota National Guard in response to civil disturbance, at the request of Minneapolis Mayor Frey. “We initiated response immediately,” said Brig. Gen. Shawn Manke, Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General. “It takes a… Continue reading Minnesota National Guard activated to support to civil authorities

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

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

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

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

A peaceful evening protest bonds National Guard service members and demonstrators

June 2, 2020 (SAINT PAUL, Minn.) – The Minnesota National Guard conducted more than two dozen missions across the Twin Cities last night. Capitol Complex Security was one of those missions, and guardsmen found themselves serving as allies to all peaceful protestors. Master Sgt. Acie Matthews, Equal Opportunity Advisor for the Minnesota National Guard, was… Continue reading A peaceful evening protest bonds National Guard service members and demonstrators

An organized show of force results in quieter night in the Twin Cities

May 31, 2020 (ST PAUL, Minn.) —  In a 10:30 p.m. press conference last night Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen said, “We are in a position of strength significantly greater tonight in Minneapolis and Saint Paul than we were last night.” That strength, and full integration with civil authorizes, changed the… Continue reading An organized show of force results in quieter night in the Twin Cities

The Minnesota National Guard is “All In”

May 30, 2020 (SAINT PAUL, Minn.) – Announced during a morning press conference by state leadership, Governor Walz authorized the National Guard to “fully activate.” The Minnesota National Guard is an organization of more than 13,000 Soldiers and Airmen.  A full activation authorizes the guard to activate all those that are medically fit, and not… Continue reading The Minnesota National Guard is “All In”

Minnesota National Guard to activate additional 1,000 soldiers Saturday

May 30, 2020 (SAINT PAUL, Minn.) — Overnight, Governor Tim Walz authorized the Minnesota National Guard to activate an additional 1,000 soldiers to support civil authorities. Last night, an additional 200 soldiers were activated, bringing the total to more than 700 soldiers and airmen on state active duty just before midnight. The Minnesota National Guard… Continue reading Minnesota National Guard to activate additional 1,000 soldiers Saturday

Minnesota National Guard Activated to Help Protect Minnesotan’s Safety and Maintain Peace

May 29, 2020 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) – Governor Tim Walz signed Executive Order 20-64 yesterday afternoon at 4:00 p.m., activating the Minnesota National Guard to provide safety and protection to the people of Minneapolis, St. Paul, and the surrounding communities. “Our troops are trained to protect life, preserve property and ensure people’s right to peacefully… Continue reading Minnesota National Guard Activated to Help Protect Minnesotan’s Safety and Maintain Peace

Minnesota to Offer Free COVID-19 Testing at Six Sites across the State this Weekend

May 22, 2020 — Minnesotans who need or want to be tested for COVID-19 will be able to access free testing at six National Guard Armory locations across Minnesota throughout the Memorial Day holiday weekend: Saturday, May 23, through Monday, May 25. Minnesota National Guard members will have the capacity to collect roughly 2,000 samples… Continue reading Minnesota to Offer Free COVID-19 Testing at Six Sites across the State this Weekend

2-135th Infantry Battalion to Deploy

May 18, 2020 (MANKATO, Minnesota) – Nearly 700 soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard’s Mankato-based 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry will deploy in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in the Horn of Africa.          “Our battalion will serve as part of a Task Force to improve security posture at U.S. installations and forward operating bases in the… Continue reading 2-135th Infantry Battalion to Deploy

Minnesota National Guard Starts Mobile Testing in Long-Term Care Facilities

May 14, 2020 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — In coordination with the Minnesota Department of Health, 21 members of the Minnesota National Guard will start actioning Governor Tim Walz’s plan today to increase testing throughout the state by using mobile testing teams at long-term care facilities. This mobile testing is part of the Five-Point Plan laid… Continue reading Minnesota National Guard Starts Mobile Testing in Long-Term Care Facilities

Minnesota National Guard and Air Force Reserve to Conduct Flyovers Honoring those on COVID-19 Frontlines

May 13, 2020 (ST. PAUL, Minn.) – The Minnesota National Guard along with the 934th Air Wing of the Air Force Reserve will be conducting additional statewide flyovers in recognition of those on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic response as part of Operation American Resolve. “Last week’s flyovers were an opportunity for us to… Continue reading Minnesota National Guard and Air Force Reserve to Conduct Flyovers Honoring those on COVID-19 Frontlines

Minnesota National Guard to Conduct Flyovers Honoring those on COVID-19 Frontlines

May 6, 2020 (ST. PAUL, Minn.) – The Minnesota National Guard will be conducting statewide flyovers in recognition of those on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic response. “As part of a nationwide Air Force initiative, the Minnesota Air National Guard will fly over communities throughout the state,” said Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen, the Adjutant… Continue reading Minnesota National Guard to Conduct Flyovers Honoring those on COVID-19 Frontlines

148th Fighter Wing to Conduct Night Flying

April 27, 2020 (DULUTH, Minnesota) The 148th Fighter Wing will conduct night flying Monday, Apr. 27, 2020 through Friday, Apr. 30, 2020.  This period of night flying will allow the wing to conduct night air-to-air training and air-to-air refueling using night vision devices.  Night flying is required for pilot proficiency to train for future missions… Continue reading 148th Fighter Wing to Conduct Night Flying

Minnesota National Guard activated for Red River flood response

Soldiers of the 2nd Combined Arms battalion - 136th Infantry based out of Moorhead, Minnesota respond to an activation by the Minneosta Governor's office to support civil authorities around the town of Oslo, Minnesota Apr. 13, 2019.

April 8, 2020 (OSLO, Minnesota) — Governor Tim Walz signed Executive Order 20-30 Tuesday, activating the Minnesota Army National Guard to provide assistance for spring flooding in Marshall County. On Wednesday, nearly 20 Soldiers from the Moorhead-based 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry will mobilize to Oslo, Minnesota, to assist with monitoring levees and flood… Continue reading Minnesota National Guard activated for Red River flood response

Camp Ripley Begins Prescribed Burns April 7 to Reduce Risk of Wildfire

April 6, 2020 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minn.) – Every spring Camp Ripley begins its annual controlled burn program to help reduce the risk of wild fire during training. This year, despite training events being rescheduled due to COVID-19 concerns, the Camp Ripley team will continue as planned. Unlike this previous year where Camp Ripley conducted controlled… Continue reading Camp Ripley Begins Prescribed Burns April 7 to Reduce Risk of Wildfire

Governor Walz isues Executive Order 20-13 authorizing National Guard assistance to COVID-19 response

March 21, 2020 (ST. PAUL, Minn.) — Governor Tim Walz today signed Executive Order 20-13, which authorizes the Minnesota National Guard to both transport personal protective equipment (PPE) in storage at Camp Ripley to the Minnesota Department of Health warehouse in Saint Paul and also assist with planning and coordination of PPE supply delivery through… Continue reading Governor Walz isues Executive Order 20-13 authorizing National Guard assistance to COVID-19 response

Minnesota National Guard initiating flexible alternatives for weekend training

March 20, 2020 (ST. PAUL, Minn.) – The Minnesota National Guard is offering flexible alternatives for upcoming training weekends in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We are an operational force, and must continue to train in order to be ready to conduct our state mission if called on to support during this pandemic,” said Maj.… Continue reading Minnesota National Guard initiating flexible alternatives for weekend training

133rd Airlift Wing to Welcome Home more than 100 deployed Airmen this week

March 3, 2020 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — More than 100 U.S. Air Force Airmen and four C-130 Hercules aircraft from the Minnesota Air National Guard’s 133rd Airlift Wing will be returning home Wednesday and Friday from a six month deployment to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. During the course of their time overseas,… Continue reading 133rd Airlift Wing to Welcome Home more than 100 deployed Airmen this week

Minnesota National Guard prepares for a busy year

February 24, 2020 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) – The Minnesota National Guard will see several milestone events this year, including the deployment of nearly 1,000 soldiers, the opening of a 150,000 square-foot readiness center in Arden Hills, completion of a large-scale training exercise and the implementation of a new fitness test for the more than 11,000… Continue reading Minnesota National Guard prepares for a busy year

Red Bull Assistant Division Commander to be promoted to brigadier general

February 20, 2020 (Coon Rapids, Minnesota) – Col. Shawn Manke will be promoted to the rank of brigadier general during a promotion ceremony Friday, February 21, in Coon Rapids. Manke currently serves as the Assistant Division Commander for Operations of the Minnesota National Guard’s 34th Red Bull Infantry Division. He formerly served as the Chief… Continue reading Red Bull Assistant Division Commander to be promoted to brigadier general

Minnesota National Guard Soldier dies at Fort Jackson Training Center

January 9, 2020 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) – Pvt. Connor J. McGurran, 19, was found unresponsive yesterday morning following a training exercise at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. McGurran was born May 3, 2000, in Owatonna, Minnesota. He obtained a GED in the fall of 2019, enlisted in the Minnesota Army National Guard on September 12, and… Continue reading Minnesota National Guard Soldier dies at Fort Jackson Training Center

Press resources for Minnesota National Guard helicopter crash

UPDATE: August 5, 2020 – Minnesota National Guard releases summary of investigation results from 2019 helicopter accident At 1:55 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, a Minnesota National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter took off from the St. Cloud Airport to conduct a routine maintenance flight. Shortly after takeoff, the pilots initiated a MAYDAY call… Continue reading Press resources for Minnesota National Guard helicopter crash

Minnesota National Guard identifies three soldiers killed

December 7, 2019 (ST. CLOUD, Minn.) — The Minnesota National Guard releases the names of the three soldiers killed in the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crash, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, southwest of St. Cloud. The deceased are: Chief Warrant Officer 2 James A. Rogers Jr., age 28 Chief Warrant Officer 2 Charles P. Nord, age… Continue reading Minnesota National Guard identifies three soldiers killed

Minnesota National Guard to hold press conference Saturday

December 6, 2019 (ST. CLOUD, Minnesota) — The Minnesota National Guard will hold a press conference Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, at 3:00 p.m. at the Army Aviation Support Facility located at 2185 45th Avenue SE, St. Cloud, MN 56304. Leaders of the Minnesota National Guard will speak during the press conference and a limited number… Continue reading Minnesota National Guard to hold press conference Saturday

148th Fighter Wing to Conduct Night Flying

November 12, 2019 (DULUTH, Minn.) — The 148th Fighter Wing will conduct night flying Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019 through Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019.  Periodic night flying allows 148th personnel to accomplish required training and practice critical tactics during times of darkness. Local residents will hear F-16s taking off and landing during the late afternoon and… Continue reading 148th Fighter Wing to Conduct Night Flying

Stillwater Armory Honors WWII Last Man

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 1, 2019 STILLWATER, Minnesota – Stillwater’s newest Army recruit will honor Stillwater’s Last Man in a ceremony at the Stillwater National Guard Armory Monday, 4 Nov. at 10 a.m. The final commemorative star will be ceremoniously applied to the Last Man plaque by Pvt. Coty Ross, 17, the newest Army National… Continue reading Stillwater Armory Honors WWII Last Man

Governor Walz proclaims November as Month of the Military Family

November 1, 2019 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) – Nearly 1,000 Minnesota National Guard Soldiers and Airmen are deployed this month. Service men and women rely on their families for strength and support during deployment. Today, Governor Tim Walz proclaimed November Month of the Military Family to salute and celebrate the extraordinary military families whose selfless service… Continue reading Governor Walz proclaims November as Month of the Military Family

Minnesota Red Bulls to Welcome New Leadership Team

October 31, 2019 (ROSEMOUNT, Minnesota) — Brig. Gen. Mike Wickman and Command Sgt. Maj. Stephen Whitehead will assume leadership roles of the Minnesota National Guard’s 34th Red Bull Infantry Division during an event Sunday, November 3rd at 10:00 at the Rosemount Armory. Wickman will take over as the division’s Commanding General for Maj. Gen. Ben… Continue reading Minnesota Red Bulls to Welcome New Leadership Team

Seven National Guard Honorees to be Welcomed into Court of Honor

October 2, 2019 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota) – Seven former service members will be inducted into the Minnesota National Guard Court of Honor during a ceremony on Camp Ripley, October 6, 2019. Individuals who have distinguished themselves during their military service and within their communities have been memorialized at Camp Ripley since 1933.  These memorializations are… Continue reading Seven National Guard Honorees to be Welcomed into Court of Honor

148th Fighter Wing earns national recognition

The 148th Fighter Wing receives the Outstanding Air National Guard Unit Award during the Air Force Association Air, Space and Cyber Conference in National Harbor, Md., Sept. 16, 2019. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andy Morataya)

September 26, 2019 (DULUTH, Minnesota) – Earlier this month, the 148th Fighter Wing received national recognition from two professional military organizations. On September 2nd, the 148th received the 2019 Spaatz Trophy from the National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS). The award is named after former Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Gen.… Continue reading 148th Fighter Wing earns national recognition

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 National Guard to welcome new senior enlisted leader

September 5, 2019 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) – The Minnesota National Guard will welcome a new senior enlisted leader during a change of responsibility ceremony Saturday, September 7, in St. Paul. Command Sgt. Maj. Brian Soper will take over for Command Sgt. Maj. Douglas Wortham who held the position for five years and is retiring after… Continue reading Minnesota National Guard to welcome new senior enlisted leader

Clyborne to be promoted as Minnesota National Guard first female two-star general

September 5, 2019 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) – Brig. Gen. Johanna Clyborne will be promoted to the rank of major general during a promotion ceremony Saturday, September 7, in St. Paul. Clyborne, who currently serves as the Deputy Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard, is a partner at the Shakopee-based law firm Brekke, Clyborne &… Continue reading Clyborne to be promoted as Minnesota National Guard first female two-star general

Women’s Leadership Forum to highlight leadership and inclusivity in the Minnesota National Guard

September 5, 2019 (RICHFIELD, Minnesota) — The Minnesota National Guard will host its 5th annual Women’s Leadership Forum Saturday, September 7, at the Best Buy Corporate Headquarters in Richfield. The goal of the event is to empower female leaders within the organization, as well as to provide education to all Guardsmen who lead and mentor… Continue reading Women’s Leadership Forum to highlight leadership and inclusivity in the Minnesota National Guard

Military families to be honored during Military Appreciation Day at the MN State Fair

August 23, 2019 (Falcon Heights, Minn.) – The Minnesota State Fair’s ninth annual Military Appreciation Day will take place Tuesday, August 27, and provide an educational opportunity for all fairgoers to learn about Minnesota’s military community. This year’s theme is honoring Minnesota’s Military Families. “The Minnesota State Fair is a great opportunity to bring our… Continue reading Military families to be honored during Military Appreciation Day at the MN State Fair

Minnesota National Guard to conduct massive rail movement from Camp Ripley for upcoming training exercise

July 15, 2019 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota) — Over 1,700 pieces of military equipment from the Minnesota National Guard will be loaded onto rail cars for movement from Camp Ripley, July 13-26, 2019. Soldiers of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, mostly from Minnesota, along with supporting units, are moving their equipment in… Continue reading Minnesota National Guard to conduct massive rail movement from Camp Ripley for upcoming training exercise

Ceremony planned for Saturday to officially welcome home 31 Minnesota National Guard soldiers

July 12, 2019 (ARDEN HILLS, Minnesota) – Approximately 31 soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard’s 147th Human Resources Company Casualty Liaison Team 2 and 147th Finance Detachment, 347th Regional Support Group recently returned from deployments overseas. The soldiers will be officially welcomed home during a ceremony, Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 1:00 PM at the… Continue reading Ceremony planned for Saturday to officially welcome home 31 Minnesota National Guard soldiers

Colonel Stefanie Horvath to Promote to Brigadier General

July 8, 2019 — (ROSEMOUNT, Minnesota) — Army Col. Stefanie K. Horvath will be promoted to the rank of Brigadier General during a pinning ceremony, July 9, 2019, at 2:30 p.m. in Rosemount. Horvath is the second woman to achieve the rank of Brigadier General in the Minnesota Army National Guard. Horvath joined the National… Continue reading Colonel Stefanie Horvath to Promote to Brigadier General

Welcome home ceremony planned for St. Cloud aviators

June 27, 2019 (ST. CLOUD, Minn.) – More than 50 soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard’s Company C, 2-211th General Support Aviation Battalion will be officially welcomed home during a ceremony, June 29, 2019, at 3:00 p.m. at the St. Cloud Rivers Edge Convention Center. The soldiers returned to Minnesota in early May after a… Continue reading Welcome home ceremony planned for St. Cloud aviators

Minnesota National Guard to conduct media availability on sexual assault programs

June 17, 2019 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota) — The Minnesota National Guard is hosting a media availability with Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen, the Minnesota National Guard’s sexual assault response coordinator and staff judge advocate at the Education Center at Camp Ripley, 15000 Hwy 115, Little Falls, MN 56345, Friday June 21,… Continue reading Minnesota National Guard to conduct media availability on sexual assault programs

148th Fighter Wing conducting military training exercises June 1-2, 2019

June 1, 2019 (DULUTH, Minnesota) — Residents in northern Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan may hear increased flying activity on Saturday from early morning until the late evening hours; all jets are expected to land by midnight. Increased flying activities will resume early Sunday morning through midafternoon. Residents near the 148th Fighter… Continue reading 148th Fighter Wing conducting military training exercises June 1-2, 2019

Welcome home ceremony planned for St. Cloud Soldiers

May 31, 2019 (ST. CLOUD, Minn.) – Approximately 160 soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard’s 851st Vertical Engineer Company will be officially welcomed home during a ceremony, June 1, 2019, at 3:00 p.m. at the St. Cloud Rivers Edge Convention Center. The soldiers returned to St. Cloud, March 12, after a nine-month deployment to Kuwait… Continue reading Welcome home ceremony planned for St. Cloud Soldiers

Minnesota National Guard Human Resource team to deploy to Afghanistan

May 16, 2019 (ARDEN HILLS, Minn.) — Six soldiers from the Minnesota Army National Guard’s, 147th Human Resources Company, 347th Regional Support Group, will depart on May 18, 2019, for a deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. “I’m proud of all the time and work our soldiers have put in to ensuring… Continue reading Minnesota National Guard Human Resource team to deploy to Afghanistan

Minnesota Guardsmen activated for flood response in Norman County

April 19, 2019 (HALSTAD, Minnesota) — Today 14 soldiers from 1st Battalion, 151st Field Artillery moved into Halstad in Norman County to support civil authorities in flood response. The Minnesota National Guard remains activated in northwestern Minnesota in response to flood waters after Governor Tim Walz signed an Emergency Executive Order last week. Additionally, 17… Continue reading Minnesota Guardsmen activated for flood response in Norman County

Minnesota National Guard activated for flood response

Soldiers of the 2nd Combined Arms battalion - 136th Infantry based out of Moorhead, Minnesota respond to an activation by the Minneosta Governor's office to support civil authorities around the town of Oslo, Minnesota Apr. 13, 2019.

April 13, 2019 (OSLO, Minnesota) — The Minnesota Army National Guard is activated in northern Minnesota in response to flood waters after Governor Tim Walz signed an Emergency Executive Order last night. Just before midnight on Friday, April 12, 35 Soldiers of the 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry, reported to Moorhead to prepare for… Continue reading Minnesota National Guard activated for flood response

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

Minnesota National Guard celebrates military children in the month of April

The Minnesota National Guard, Mall of America, FOX Sports North, United Heroes League, Ars Bellum Foundation and USAA partnered together for a celebration of Minnesota's "Hidden Heroes" - Military Children - for the Month of the Military Child, April 21, 2017. Minnesota National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Blair Heusdens

March 31, 2019 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) – The Minnesota National Guard recognizes April 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. A celebration to honor Military Children in Minnesota will take place April 12, 2019, at… Continue reading Minnesota National Guard celebrates military children in the month of April

Arden Hills-based Minnesota National Guardsmen to deploy to Southwest Asia

Jan. 17, 2019 (ARDEN HILLS, Minnesota) — Twenty five Soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard’s Arden Hills-based 247th Financial Management Support Detachment will deploy Saturday to several installations throughout Southwest Asia in support of Operation Spartan Shield. “As a parent and a Soldier, I understand that being away from family and loved ones for this… Continue reading Arden Hills-based Minnesota National Guardsmen to deploy to Southwest Asia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Minnesota National Guard hosts fun run to bring awareness to suicide prevention efforts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASESeptember 9, 2016 ST. PAUL, Minn.- The Minnesota National Guard is hosting a “Power of One” Fun Run, Sunday, September 11, during National Suicide Prevention Week to call attention to suicide prevention efforts in the military and civilian communities. The run will take place at the Benjamin Franklin Readiness Center in Arden Hills… Continue reading Minnesota National Guard hosts fun run to bring awareness to suicide prevention efforts

MN National Guard Welcome Home Ceremony

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Feb. 12, 2008, (ROSEVILLE, Minnesota) – Community, friends and family of the 147th Personnel Services Battalion will gather for a Welcome Home Ceremony following the unit’s return from over 12 months of active duty deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom 32 Soldiers from the Roseville based 147th Personnel Services Battalion managed… Continue reading MN National Guard Welcome Home Ceremony

Official Company Welcome Home Ceremony, B 2-211

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sept 21, 2007 Official Company “Welcome Home” Ceremony Family and friends will gather to officially celebrate the return of the Soldiers of Company B, 2nd Battalion, 211 General Support Aviation Battalion following their 22-month deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. B Co had almost 80 Soldiers deployed for 16 months overseas.… Continue reading Official Company Welcome Home Ceremony, B 2-211