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Camp Ripley Ammunitions Supply Point receives above average rating in recent inspection

By Blair Heusdens | June 4, 2021 | 0 Comments

June 4, 2021 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota) – An ammunition review team from the Defense Ammunition Center recently visited Camp Ripley to conduct a Department of the Army inspection of the Ammunition Supply Point. During the three-day inspection, the team determined that Camp Ripley is above the average in compliance for the National Guard. Camp Ripley… Continue reading Camp Ripley Ammunitions Supply Point receives above average rating in recent inspection

Pride feature: Sgt. Eli Bevis

By Blair Heusdens | June 3, 2021 | 0 Comments

June 3, 2021 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — Sgt. Eli Bevis knew that he wanted to join the Army at a young age and he knew he wanted to join as a combat medic. In 2014, he enlisted into the Minnesota National Guard. Bevis is currently on his first overseas deployment with Headquarters and Headquarters Company,… Continue reading Pride feature: Sgt. Eli Bevis

Minnesota Army National Guard Military Funeral Honors surpasses 50,000 funerals supported

By Blair Heusdens | May 28, 2021 | 0 Comments

May 29, 2021 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — Despite a brief slowdown of operations due to COVID-19 last year, the Minnesota Army National Guard’s military funeral honors program saw a significant milestone in March of this year, surpassing 50,000 funerals supported. The Minnesota National Guard Military Funeral Honors program began in 2004 and conducted approximately 300… Continue reading Minnesota Army National Guard Military Funeral Honors surpasses 50,000 funerals supported

Minnesota National Guard breaks ground on new facilities in New Ulm

By Blair Heusdens | May 20, 2021 | 0 Comments

May 20, 2021 (NEW ULM, Minnesota) — The Minnesota National Guard broke ground today on a nearly $30 million construction project in New Ulm to build a new Field Maintenance Shop and a new Readiness Center over the next four years. The coordination and vision for the project began a decade ago between the city… Continue reading Minnesota National Guard breaks ground on new facilities in New Ulm

A monument built from kindness, compassion and empathy

By Blair Heusdens | May 19, 2021 | 0 Comments

May 19, 2021 (KIMBALL, Minnesota) — The official dedication of the Minnesota Army National Guard Fallen Soldiers Memorial took place May 16, 2021, in Kimball, Minnesota, to honor three Minnesota National Guard Soldiers who were killed Dec. 5, 2019, when a Black Hawk helicopter crashed during a maintenance test flight. Chief Warrant Officer 2 James… Continue reading A monument built from kindness, compassion and empathy

Minnesota National Guard family embraces service

By Blair Heusdens | April 30, 2021 | Comments Off on Minnesota National Guard family embraces service

April 30, 2021 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota) – Each April, Americans recognize and honor the more than 2 million military children during the Month of the Military Child. For one Minnesota National Guard family, balancing a deployment, State Active Duty and four kids is taxing. “It’s challenging, especially with a dual military family,” said Capt. Angela… Continue reading Minnesota National Guard family embraces service

Airmen First

By Blair Heusdens | April 28, 2021 | Comments Off on Airmen First

April 28, 2021 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — As the verdict in the former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin trial was announced, U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 133rd Airlift Wing were staged and ready to secure the Minneapolis Convention Center. The Airmen were just 50 pieces to a 3,000-piece puzzle, activated to support Operation Safety… Continue reading Airmen First

Red Bulls take command of Minnesota National Guard Operation Safety Net efforts

By Blair Heusdens | April 17, 2021 | Comments Off on Red Bulls take command of Minnesota National Guard Operation Safety Net efforts

April 17, 2021 (ARDEN HILLS, Minnesota) – The Minnesota National Guard Joint Force Headquarters has transferred control of the Minnesota National Guard’s security efforts for Operation Safety Net to the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division. Operation Safety Net is the public safety response to protect lives and property and ensure the ability for people to… Continue reading Red Bulls take command of Minnesota National Guard Operation Safety Net efforts

Minnesotans, And Croatians, Take On The 2021 Best Warrior Competition

By Blair Heusdens | April 13, 2021 | Comments Off on Minnesotans, And Croatians, Take On The 2021 Best Warrior Competition

April 13, 2021 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota) — The Minnesota National Guard held the 2021 Best Warrior Competition on a rainy and windy weekend at Camp Ripley recently. After three days of intense competition among 14 Soldiers, Pfc. Ethan Buckner and Cpl. Jakob Ellingson were declared Soldier and Non-Commissioned Officer of the year, respectively. The competition… Continue reading Minnesotans, And Croatians, Take On The 2021 Best Warrior Competition

133rd Phoenix Raven team supports world-wide missions

By Blair Heusdens | April 6, 2021 | Comments Off on 133rd Phoenix Raven team supports world-wide missions

April 6, 2021 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — As a kid, U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Andrew Dotas described how he could never have imagined being part of a program like the Phoenix Raven. Dotas values the incredible experiences he has had being part of the 133rd Airlift Wing’s Phoenix Raven team. Dotas’ enthusiasm for the… Continue reading 133rd Phoenix Raven team supports world-wide missions