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Millions invested to modernize National Guard facility in St. Cloud

January 12, 2021 (ST. CLOUD, Minnesota) — The Minnesota National Guard is modernizing its facilities in order to support the National Defense Strategy. The U.S. Army’s Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville insists the Army must modernize in order to overmatch its competitors. In an effort to keep pace with the Army and Air Force,
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Final Battle Damaged F-16 Returns to 148th Fighter Wing

January 4, 2021 (DULUTH, Minnesota) — In May of 2018, a severe windstorm blew through the 407th Air Expeditionary Group, Ahmad al-Jaber Air Base, Kuwait while personnel from the 179th Air Expeditionary Squadron were evacuated to their quarters. 91-mile per hour straight-line winds collapsed sunshades onto seven F-16 fighter aircraft assigned to the 148th Fighter
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Year in Review Part 3 of 3: Partnerships enable Guard support to the community

December 22, 2020 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) – Partnerships with other local, state and federal agencies enabled the Minnesota National Guard to serve the state through multiple activations throughout 2020, to include responses to flooding in northern Minnesota in April, civil unrest at the end of May and beginning of June, and an ongoing response to
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Year in Review Part 2 of 3: Modernization proves critical to Minnesota National Guard success

December 15, 2020 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — The Minnesota National Guard has prioritized modernization in order to remain a relevant resource for its state and federal leaders. In 2020, the organization initiated significant upgrades in facilities, equipment, training, and staffing. The Minnesota National Guard needs to “stay in step with the U.S. Army and U.S.
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Task Force Bayonet Soldiers conduct medical evacuation exercise with French Forces in Djibouti

December 9, 2020 (DJIBOUTI BASE CLUSTER, Djibouti) – Soldiers with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry Regiment, participated in a joint medical evacuation exercise with French Forces based in Djibouti, Africa, Nov. 19, 2020, in an effort to streamline medical evacuation processes between the two partner nations. The 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry Regiment
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Year in Review Part 1 of 3: Soldiers and Airmen key to Minnesota National Guard’s state and federal missions

December 8, 2020 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — The Minnesota National Guard has had a busy 2020, supporting federal deployments and an unprecedented number of state activations for COVID-19 response, civil unrest and even flood response. None of these missions would have been possible, however, without the readiness of Minnesota’s citizen-Soldiers and Airmen to respond at
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Minnesota Guardsmen find meaningful work in long-term care mission

December 7, 2020 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — Soldiers and Airmen from the Minnesota National Guard are experiencing first-hand the impacts that COVID-19 is having on residents in long-term care and the staff who care for them as they find themselves stepping in to fill a staffing void for facilities in need across the state. “I
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Family Preparatory Academy Goes Virtual

December 5, 2020 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — Soldiers and families from detachments of the 1-171 General Support Aviation Battalion, based at the Army Aviation Support Facility in St. Cloud, Minnesota, attended the Minnesota National Guard’s first completely-virtual Yellow Ribbon Family Preparatory Academy recently as the unit prepares for an upcoming deployment. As the COVID-19 pandemic
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34th Red Bull Infantry Division completes move to Arden Hills

November 21, 2020 (ARDEN HILLS, Minnesota) – Soldiers from the Division Headquarters of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division conducted their first weekend of training at the newly-constructed General John W. Vessey Readiness Center in Arden Hills, Minnesota, November 21-22, 2020. “This facility will provide a significant benefit for our soldiers, enabling us to continue
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Leblanc family ties

November 12, 2020 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota) — Service to the community, state and country runs deep in the LeBlanc family. So far, three generations of LeBlanc’s have worked at Camp Ripley fulltime, totaling over 70 years of service to this community. The tradition of serving goes all the way back to 1963 when the oldest
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Minnesota National Guard to be activated for potential support to local law enforcement

January 13, 2021 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) – Governor Tim Walz today signed Emergency Executive Order 21-05 allowing for the activation of the Minnesota National Guard to support of local law enforcement in response to potential civil unrest. The Minnesota National Guard is conducting initial preparations and coordinating with local law enforcement agencies, the Minnesota Department
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Minnesota National Guard to provide support to Presidential Inauguration

January 12, 2021 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — The Minnesota National Guard will provide a company of Soldiers to support presidential inauguration activities. This week more than 130 Soldiers from Bravo Troop, 1-94th Cavalry Squadron and Airmen from the 148th Fighter Wing will report to Washington D.C. in support of National Guard assignments for the inauguration. “Every
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Celebrating a Century in the Skies

133rd Airlift Wing prepares to celebrate its honor as the birthplace of the Air National Guard January 12, 2021 (SAINT PAUL, Minnesota) – Sunday will mark exactly 100 years since a squadron at the 133rd Airlift Wing received federal recognition, creating the first Air National Guard unit in the country. It started on Sept. 26,
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Currently accepting nominations for Flight of Honor Induction program

January 4, 2021 — The Minnesota Air National Guard Memorialization Board is accepting nominations for possible candidates to be inducted into the 2021 Minnesota Air National Guard (MN ANG) Flight of Honor Induction Program, Joint Force Headquarters, MN. Please reference the attached documents: Memorialization Regulation JFMNR 36-3108 (dtd 16 Oct 20)Nomination Form (dtd 16 Oct
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Currently accepting nominations for Court of Honor Induction program

January 4, 2021 – The Camp Ripley Memorialization Board is accepting nominations for possible candidates to be inducted into the 2021 Minnesota Army National Guard Court of Honor Induction Program at Camp Ripley, MN. Please reference the attached documents: Memorialization Regulation MNGR 1-33 (dtd 30 OCT 19) Complete List of Memorializations at Camp Ripley (dtd
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