Family Preparatory Academy Goes Virtual

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

Minnesota National Guard commemorates 23rd Annual Bataan Memorial March

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

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

Safety Day Event Promotes Teamwork Even In Isolation

For their support of Safety day on Camp Ripley May 20, 2020 Officer Brandon McGaw of the Minnesota DNR, Sgt. Neil Dickenson of the Minnesota State Patrol and Officer John Hughes of Camp Ripley Security receive a certificate of appreciation from Maj. Arron Krenz, Director of Public Safety on Camp Ripley.

May 22, 2020 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota) – Minnesota National Guard personnel and employees of Camp Ripley took part in an annual Safety Day event May 20, 2020, demonstrating the commitment to overall health and safety of the workforce. This year, amid restriction due to the COVID-19 pandemic, National Guard members as well as state and… Continue reading Safety Day Event Promotes Teamwork Even In Isolation

Minnesota Guardsman named inspector general civilian of the year

Heidi Savre, assistant inspector general for the Minnesota National Guard, was named Inspector General Civilian of the Year in the category of GS 9-11. Savre started out as a dual status technicain in the Minnesota National Guard inspector general office in November of 2010. (Minnesota National Guard photo by Sgt. Robert Brown)

March 25, 2020 (ST. PAUL, Minn.) — The Department of the Army recently named Heidi Savre, assistant inspector general for the Minnesota National Guard, as Inspector General Civilian of the Year in the category of GS 9-11. “Heidi has a great personality that compels people to like her,” said Col. Daniel Heape, the state inspector… Continue reading Minnesota Guardsman named inspector general civilian of the year

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 Mark Dayton installs new Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General

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

Guard Heritage Suffers with Loss of Artillery Unit

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

Finding fellowship in the sacred mission

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

Minnesota Guardsmen participate in Aurora 17 exercise in Sweden

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

General John W. Vessey, Jr. – The 10th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

General John W. Vessey, Jr., a former member of the Minnesota National Guard’s 34th Red Bull Infantry Division and the 10th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, passed away August 18, 2016, at the age of 94. General John W. Vessey, Jr. was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on 29 June 1922. He enlisted in… Continue reading General John W. Vessey, Jr. – The 10th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Minnesota and Alabama meet again 150 years after Gettysburg

First Minnesota reenactors gather at the First Minnesota monument on the Gettysburg battlefield, July 2, 2013. A task force of Minnesotans traveled to Gettysburg on the 150th anniversary of the battle to commemorate the service and sacrifice of the First Minnesota Volunteer Regiment, July 1-3, 2013. The group consisted of Minnesota's political and military leadership, students and historians. Photo by Master Sgt. Daniel Ewer, Minnesota National Guard

GETTYSBURG, Penn- The Plum Run ravine would be an insignificant tributary to an unknown river in a small Pennsylvania market town were it not for the Battle of Gettysburg where the First Minnesota Infantry Regiment charged a vastly superior Confederate force, sacrificing themselves to save the Union line This bloody valley was the setting for… Continue reading Minnesota and Alabama meet again 150 years after Gettysburg

Decade of change transforms Red Bulls

Everything changed on Sept. 11, 2001 and the 34th Infantry Division’s mission was no exception. The 34th Infantry Division was the first National Guard Division to transform to the Army’s modular and expeditionary Brigade Combat Team structure allowing greater flexibility in mission planning and the ability to specifically tailor the force to each individual mission.… Continue reading Decade of change transforms Red Bulls

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