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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Veteran Looks Down the Sights of Legacy and Brotherhood

November 10, 2020 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota) – In March of 1970, Spc.4 Rick Hokenson was a part of a 90-man company that marched out of their firebase in South Vietnam in order to patrol an area known as the “Dog’s Head” near the Cambodian border. Richard Hokenson, of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, was assigned as a
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148th Fighter Wing, a Family Tradition

November 4, 2020 (DULUTH, Minnesota) — We’ve all heard the phrase “the Guard is a family”.  For Tech. Sgt. Kristianna Konietzko, a Training Technician in the Force Development Office, the phrase is quite literal.  Kristianna Konietzko, a Cloquet High School graduate, is the third-generation of her family to serve at the 148th Fighter Wing, Minnesota Air
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Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

November 2, 2020 (SAINT PAUL, Minnesota) – In 2017, Madison Chadderdon didn’t know what to strive for. At the weight of 252 pounds, she lacked goals, confidence and jumped from job to job. She had considered joining the military since she was a child, but the challenge of losing weight made her question if it
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Living the dream: Minnesota Guardsman reflects on life as Hispanic American immigrant

October 15, 2020 (HORN OF AFRICA) — Francisco Lopez was only 8 years old when he saw his first Soldier. Born and raised in Caltimacan, a small village in the state of Hidalgo, Mexico, he recalled a beautiful Spring day when he saw a Mexican Special Forces Soldier he had seen on several occasions before,
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Suarez works to move diversity forward for Minnesota National Guard

September 28, 2020 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) – In the months since Lt. Col. Eduardo Suarez took over as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the Minnesota National Guard, the organization has been activated multiple times to support local authorities in response to ongoing racial tensions and civil unrest in the Twin Cities metro area.
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An Emerging Frontier: Task Force Bayonet Soldiers train in electronic warfare

September 25, 2020 (CAMP LEMONNIER, DJIBOUTI) – Soldiers with Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry Regiment from Minnesota, conducted Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Counter Unmanned Aircraft Systems training Aug. 17-20, here, as part of a training program designed to supplement the training they received during their mobilization at Camp McGregor, New Mexico. Bravo Company is
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148th Fighter Wing Conducts Medevac Training

September 24, 2020 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota) — Personnel from the Medical Group of the 148th Fighter Wing gathered at Camp Ripley Training Center, Minnesota to conduct field training, September 19-22, 2020. Medical personnel learned about and exercised patient load training alongside Critical Care Flight Paramedics from the 2-211th General Support Aviation Battalion, a St. Cloud-based Minnesota Army
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Minnesota National Guard commemorates 23rd Annual Bataan Memorial March

September 21, 2020 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota) — On September 12, 2020 the 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 194th Armor hosted the 23rd annual Bataan Memorial March in remembrance of all those who were forced to participate in the Bataan Death March and those who lost their lives as a result thereof. This year the event had
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Minnesota National Guard ramps up COVID-19 support

November 16, 2020 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) – More than 200 Soldiers and Airmen from the Minnesota National Guard have been activated to support the state’s COVID-19 response efforts. This number is expected to increase to over 400 by the end of the week. The Guardsmen will be focused on three specific areas – supporting nasal
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Governor Walz proclaims November Month of the Military Family

November 6, 2020 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) -Governor Tim Walz proclaimed November as Month of the Military Family to salute and celebrate the extraordinary military families whose selfless service and sacrifice make our military the finest in the world. Military spouses, siblings, parents, and children personify the ideals of patriotism, pride, resilience, service above self, and
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148th Fighter Wing to Conduct Night Flying

November 2, 2020 (DULUTH, Minnesota) — The 148th Fighter Wing will conduct night flying Monday, November 2, 2020 through Thursday, November 5, 2020. This period of night flying will allow the Wing to conduct flying training and air-to-air refueling utilizing night vision goggles. Night flying is required for pilot proficiency to train for future missions
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133rd Air National Guard Base Seeks Public Input On Soil Testing Results Action Plan

October 30, 2020 (MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota) —   Three locations at the Minnesota National Guard’s 133rd Air Wing at Fort Snelling underwent mandated soil testing to identify any potential contamination concern.  Soil testing results of three locations at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Air National Guard Base returned results indicating that concentration levels were not detected or below Minnesota Pollution
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Minnesota National Guard 177th Cyber Protection Team mobilizing for deployment

October 23, 2020 (ROSEMOUNT, Minnesota) – 35 Soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard’s 177th Cyber Protection Team (CPT) will mobilize to Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, as part of a larger task force aligned under the 780th Military Intelligence Brigade (Cyber) to conduct cyberspace operations in support of U.S. Cyber Command and the Cyber National
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