148th Fighter Wing returns from NORAD-tasked Operation NOBLE EAGLE Deployment

March 31, 2020 (DULUTH, Minnesota) — Airmen from the Duluth-based 148th Fighter Wing, Minnesota Air National Guard, returned home last week after completing a 90-day NORAD-tasked Operation NOBLE EAGLE mission servicing the continental United States. “The 148th provided robust air-defense capabilities,” said Canadian Maj. Gen. Derek Joyce, deputy commander, Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense
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Badly-Needed Blood Drive Finds Host At Camp Ripley

March 26, 2020 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota) – During difficult times, the American Red Cross has literally been the lifeblood that has come to the aid of people everywhere. Their mission statement reads: The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity
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Minnesota Guardsman named inspector general civilian of the year

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
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Sgt. Shanice Buckhalton: To serve her country and community

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
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Siblings Ski and Serve Together in Minnesota National Guard

February 20, 2020 (ST PAUL, Minnesota) – From Belarus to Chile to Northern Italy, biathletes and siblings Siena and Jakob Ellingson have been able to compete at high levels while serving in the Minnesota National Guard as specialists and motor transportation operators with the 114th Transportation Company. Despite not learning how to ski until age
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Minnesota Guardsman brings Haitian culture to Guard service

February 17, 2020 (STILLWATER, Minnesota) — Staff Sgt. Daphnee Pierre, a culinary management NCO with the Stillwater-based 34th Military Police Company, joined the Minnesota National Guard in 2009 as a financial management technician. Born and raised in Haiti, Pierre lived in New York with her extended family before coming to Minnesota. She has several extended
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Accelerated officer school benefits Guard, proves to be good option for some candidates

February 7, 2020 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — The most significant difference between the accelerated 501 Officer Candidate School and other OCS training is the pace. The students must accomplish the same tasks to the same standard but at a much faster rate. Where state OCS programs take 14 months, and Federal OCS takes 12 weeks,
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Civil Support, a Unified Team

February 3, 2020 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — It’s no secret that the National Guard is always ready to respond to local and regional emergencies such as domestic emergencies and natural disasters. Soldiers and Airmen, ready to don their uniforms at a moment’s notice and pause their civilian lives to march toward any challenge before them.
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The 34th Infantry Division Bids Farewell to a Key Leader, Trainer

January 30, 2020 (ROSEMOUNT, Minnesota) — Retired Col. John R. Kreye had two distinguished careers in the Minnesota National Guard. He rose from the enlisted ranks to command at the platoon, battery, battalion, and brigade-levels. His military career culminated as the Chief of Staff for Task Force Falcon and Multi-national BDE East in Kosovo. Based
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Minnesota National Guard property and fiscal office works behind the scenes to ensure fiscal responsibility

January 23, 2020 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota) — In the Minnesota National Guard, a group of highly-skilled personnel work to manage the government funds and property that ensure Soldiers and Airmen are trained and able to respond to federal and state missions. “In an era where all the transactions are digital, it’s easy for people to
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Governor Walz isues Executive Order 20-13 authorizing National Guard assistance to COVID-19 response

March 21, 2020 (ST. PAUL, Minn.) — Governor Tim Walz today signed Executive Order 20-13, which authorizes the Minnesota National Guard to both transport personal protective equipment (PPE) in storage at Camp Ripley to the Minnesota Department of Health warehouse in Saint Paul and also assist with planning and coordination of PPE supply delivery through
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Minnesota National Guard initiating flexible alternatives for weekend training

March 20, 2020 (ST. PAUL, Minn.) – The Minnesota National Guard is offering flexible alternatives for upcoming training weekends in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We are an operational force, and must continue to train in order to be ready to conduct our state mission if called on to support during this pandemic,” said Maj.
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133rd Airlift Wing to Welcome Home more than 100 deployed Airmen this week

March 3, 2020 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — More than 100 U.S. Air Force Airmen and four C-130 Hercules aircraft from the Minnesota Air National Guard’s 133rd Airlift Wing will be returning home Wednesday and Friday from a six month deployment to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. During the course of their time overseas,
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Minnesota National Guard prepares for a busy year

February 24, 2020 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) – The Minnesota National Guard will see several milestone events this year, including the deployment of nearly 1,000 soldiers, the opening of a 150,000 square-foot readiness center in Arden Hills, completion of a large-scale training exercise and the implementation of a new fitness test for the more than 11,000
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Red Bull Assistant Division Commander to be promoted to brigadier general

February 20, 2020 (Coon Rapids, Minnesota) – Col. Shawn Manke will be promoted to the rank of brigadier general during a promotion ceremony Friday, February 21, in Coon Rapids. Manke currently serves as the Assistant Division Commander for Operations of the Minnesota National Guard’s 34th Red Bull Infantry Division. He formerly served as the Chief
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