148th Fighter Wing pilot hits 4,000 Hour Milestone

February 15, 2019 (DULUTH, Minnesota) — Col. Bradley Jackson, 148th Fighter Wing Operations Group Commander hit a milestone, Jan. 16, 2019. Jackson achieved what most pilots only dream of, he logged 4,000 hours in an F-16. According to, only 51 pilots before him have accomplished this fete. Jackson enlisted with the 148FW right after
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U.S. Navy Divers Conduct Unique Training under Camp Ripley’s Frozen Lakes

February 14, 2019 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota) — U.S. Navy divers from the Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit Two are utilizing frozen lakes on Camp Ripley to conduct under ice training as part of their annual divers certification program Feb. 5-12, 2019. “This place is amazing, great support and just the right environment for what we
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46th U.S. – Norway Reciprocal Troop Exchange to come to Camp Ripley

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 5, 2019 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota) — The Minnesota National Guard will host over 100 members of the Norwegian Home Guard as part of a reciprocal troop exchange at Camp Ripley, Feb. 8-22, 2019. The exchange, in its 46th consecutive year, reinforces the positive working relationships between allied services and highlights the
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148th Fighter Wing to Hire 52 New Full-time Positions

Jan. 28, 2019 (DULUTH, Minnesota) — The 148th Fighter Wing is in the process of hiring 52 full-time maintenance and support positions. The vast majority of the positions will be maintenance related and should help the 148FW in complying with the order from former Defense Secretary James Mattis, requiring an 80 percent mission capability rate
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Arden Hills-based Minnesota National Guardsmen to deploy to Southwest Asia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — 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
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National Guard Employers Key to Unit Success

Jan. 14, 2019 (DULUTH, Minnesota) — The 148th Fighter Wing of Duluth, Minnesota, partnered with the 185th Air Refueling Wing of Sioux City, Iowa, and Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve for their ‘Boss Lift’ event held in appreciation and recognition of employers of the unit’s members. The Boss Lift is intended to foster
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Accepting Nominations for Camp Ripley’s 2019 Court of Honor

Suspense 1April19 The Camp Ripley Memorialization Board is now accepting nominations for possible candidates to be inducted into the 2019 Minnesota Army National Guard Court of Honor Induction Program at Camp Ripley, MN.  Please reference the attached documents: –Nomination Form (dtd 12 DEC 17) –Memorialization Regulation MNGR 1-33 (dtd 03 JUL 18) –History of the
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A Friendly Challenge Saves Thousands in Utility Costs

Jan. 10, 2019 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota) — The Minnesota National Guard’s environmental programs office is housed in humble brick and mortar at Camp Ripley Training Center, just to the left as you enter the main entrance. It’s a simple office building, with winding cubicle mazes and the distant hum of office noises. However, what the
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Cyber Protection Team Keeps Minnesotans Safe

Jan. 7, 2019 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — The Minnesota National Guard is preparing for emerging cyber security threats by establishing a Cyber Protection Team. The team’s mission is to provide the Department of Defense with capabilities to defend information networks through vulnerability assessments, penetration tests and discovery and counter infiltration scenarios at both the federal
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A Chaplain’s Journey of Personal Growth

Jan. 3, 2019 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — Leadership can occur at different levels and at different ranks within an organization. Leaders inspire, guide and influence those around them. Chaplain (Capt.) Keith Beckwith, 133rd Chaplain Corps, is committed to leaving his organization better than he found it by developing the next generation of Airmen. Beckwith started his
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