34th Infantry Division to Regain an Artillery Headquarters

May 23, 2020 (ROSEMOUNT, Minnesota) — The Director of the Army National Guard, Lt. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, announced on April 29 the newest Division Artillery (DIVARTY) headquarters will be assigned to the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division. Re-activation for the 34th DIVARTY is scheduled for the fall of 2022. Minnesota was not the only
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Safety Day Event Promotes Teamwork Even In Isolation

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
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A Century Ago: 1918 Flu Took Red Bulls Before the Fight

May 21, 2020 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — As the world battles the impact of the COVID-19 virus, a century ago a different pandemic spread globally, impacting Minnesota Soldiers who were preparing to go to war. Some say it started in Kansas. Infected farm boys became soldiers. The virus easily spread in the close quarters of
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Minnesota Guardsman, first responder, remains vigilant amid COVID-19 pandemic

May 20, 2020 (MINNEAPOLIS) — As COVID-19 continues to make its presence felt throughout the state, some traditional Minnesota National Guard members are serving on the medical frontlines. Sgt. David Reker of the 204th Area Support Medical Company is one of those soldiers. As a medical instrument technician in the cardiology department at the Minneapolis
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Camp Ripley welcomes customers, promotes COVID-19 safety measures

May 19, 2020 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota) – During the past few months of the COVID-19 pandemic it may have appeared that Camp Ripley’s 53,000-acre National Guard training facility was closed for business, the reality is that department teams and staff have been working constantly to help customers arrange their schedules, training plans and mission requirements
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Minnesota Guardsman welcomes son into officer ranks

May 15, 2020 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — Brig. Gen. Shawn Manke, Assistant Division Commander of Operations for the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, recently had the opportunity to participate in the commissioning ceremony of his son, Lucas, which was held virtually in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In these times of socially-distanced meetings, workplaces and
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Minnesota Guardsmen continue to prepare for deployment amid COVID-19 restrictions

April 28, 2020 (MANKATO, Minnesota) — Approximately 700 Soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard’s Mankato-based 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry are training and preparing for deployment to the Horn of Africa later this summer. “The health and well-being of each of our soldiers and their families is very important,” said Lt. Col. Chip Rankin, commander of
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Minnesota Army National Guard continues to recruit Soldiers

April 24, 2020 (MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota) — The Minnesota Army National Guard is still recruiting, just in a different way. Like many organizations and businesses, the Minnesota National Guard has had to adapt during the global pandemic. We are committed to remaining a strong and ready force, and that means we are still looking for qualified
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Once in the Service, Always Ready to Serve

April 21, 2020 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — While the fight against COVID-19 requires each individual to do their part by social distancing and taking other precautionary measures, it also takes unwavering leadership when faced with difficult decisions. This is something that sets the state of Minnesota apart from the rest. Some of our most engaged
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148th Fighter Wing Airmen graduate basic training amid COVID-19 pandemic

April 20, 2020 (DULUTH, Minnesota) — On April 9, 2020, 1400 trainees graduated from Air Force Basic Military Training (BMT) at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas; all wearing masks amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.  Of the 1400, three were Bulldogs of the 148th Fighter Wing. Airman 1st Class David Cornelius, Airman 1st Class Ivy Grochowski, and Airman 1st Class Sebastian
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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