A Leadership First for Women in the 175th RTI

From Left to Right: Lt. Col. Brandi DeGier of RTI’s 2nd Battalion (Modular Training), Col. Jason Benson Regimental Commander, Maj. Jolene Carlson, commanding the Regional Training Site – Maintenance, and Lt. Col. Amber Manke of RTI’s 1st Battalion (OCS/WOCS)

March 31, 2021 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota) — Lt. Col. Amber Manke assumed command of 1st Battalion, 175th Regiment, Regional Training Institute, March 20, 2021 on Camp Ripley. The inspirational observance of her change of command brought to light a fact that for the first time in regimental history, three women are leading each of the… Continue reading A Leadership First for Women in the 175th RTI

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

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

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

September 10, 2109 (RICHFIELD, Minnesota) – The Minnesota National Guard hosted its 5th annual Women’s Leadership Forum Saturday, September 7, at the Best Buy Corporate Headquarters in Richfield. The goal of the event was to empower female leaders within the organization, as well as to provide education to all Guardsmen who lead and mentor female… Continue reading Women’s Leadership Forum highlights leadership and inclusivity in the Minnesota National Guard

Clyborne breaks the mold as Minnesota National Guard’s first female two-star general

September 9, 2019 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) – Growing up in the Netherlands as a child in a military family, the Dutch schools Maj. Gen. Johanna Clyborne attended determined at a young age that she wasn’t suited for higher education. Decades later as a successful lawyer, mother and accomplished military leader, Clyborne proves that with hard… Continue reading Clyborne breaks the mold as Minnesota National Guard’s first female two-star general

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

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

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

Brig. Gen. Sandy Best receives Public Leadership Award

April 26, 2019 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — Brig. Gen. Sandy Best, Chief of Staff of the Minnesota Air National Guard, was recognized at the 17th Annual Hubert H. Humphrey Public Leadership Awards at the University of Minnesota on April 23, 2019.  Best, a Humphrey Policy Fellow from 2011-2012, was one of three public leaders awarded… Continue reading Brig. Gen. Sandy Best receives Public Leadership Award

Minnesota National Guard Women’s council raises awareness, conducts outreach

Approximately 300 Soldiers and Airmen from the Minnesota National Guard attended the 2018 Women's Leadership Forum, Sept. 29, 2018, at Boston Scientific in Arden Hills. This year's theme was "Joining the conversation," bringing both men and women together to embrace diversity and inclusion for the betterment of the organization. (Minnesota National Guard photo by Sgt. Luther Talks)

March 29, 2019 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — The Minnesota National Guard has several Special Emphasis Program Councils through the Minnesota National Guard Diversity and Inclusion Office, one of which is the Women’s Special Emphasis Council. The councils work to raise awareness and involvement within the Minnesota National Guard and the local community for minority groups… Continue reading Minnesota National Guard Women’s council raises awareness, conducts outreach

Women Opened Doors in Minnesota National Guard

"Spec/4 Sally Gullickson of Walnut Grove (center) is the first woman to join the Tracy National Guard 135th Infantry Co. She had prior service of two years in the army at Fort Gordon, Ga., and in the Tracy guard unit will be assigned the duty of personnel record specialist. Gullickson is shown with Unit Commander 1st Lt. Ronald Smidt (left) and latest recruits of the company, Pfc. Kevin Sletten, Pfc. Bruce Sheets, and Pfc. Dale Klein, all of Tracy. Next company drill is scheduled March 12-13, and the unit will go to summer camp at Camp Ripley June 11-25." Tracy Headlight-Herald, Feb. 14, 1977.

March 3, 2019 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — “The battlefront is no place for women to be,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Earl Kurtzweg, 125th Field Artillery, 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. Other countries in the… Continue reading Women Opened Doors in Minnesota National Guard

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 Inspires New Generation of Leaders

Dec. 28, 2018 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — The hiss of a milk steamer, the clanking of plates and silverware and the sounds of music over speakers mixed with conversations create a symphony in a local coffee shop in south Minneapolis. Customers in the south Minneapolis coffee shop sit with their fingers on keyboards, pencils to sketchbooks… Continue reading Minnesota Guardsman Inspires New Generation of Leaders

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

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