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Help is here: Program assists those struggling with addiction

“Nobody wakes up and says they want to be an alcoholic. They get that way over time, over habits, and there’s no shame in admitting that that is what’s going on because it could happen to any of us,” said Warren Anthony, who works as the Risk Reduction Coordinator for the Minnesota National Guard’s Substance
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For the Last Time

U.S. Air Force Capt. Katie Lunning was halfway through her first deployment as a Critical Care Air Transport Team (CCATT) nurse when evacuation operations out of Afghanistan began. Assigned to the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, she watched the Taliban move across Afghanistan on the news “On August 16th, the
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The People of the Minnesota National Guard: Trial Defense Service’s Lt. Col. Jen Beck-Brown

Editor’s Note: In this series we meet the people who serve their state and nation in the Minnesota National Guard. We take you beyond the names and titles and discover the reasons for service and the different paths taken to get to where they are today, in their own words. Q: Where are you from,
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Your Left, Your Write: A Soldier Author

October 29, 2021 (Camp Ripley, Minnesota) — We all have a book or two that we can’t put down or can’t stop thinking about. On the first of November, readers and authors around the world celebrate a special day, National Author’s Day. This holiday gives people a chance to appreciate the minds that create these
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The Importance of Family

November 2, 2021 (Duluth, Minnesota) Military Family Appreciation Month happens each November.  It was established by the Armed Services YMCA in 1996 as a way of recognizing and honoring the sacrifices made by families throughout the Armed Forces. The 148th Fighter Wing, like other National Guard units, have several family combinations within their ranks. One
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Inaugural Class – Minnesota Air National Guard Flight of Honor

Seven Minnesota Air National Guard members were inducted into the Flight of Honor on Oct. 17, 2021. The Flight of Honor recognizes past and present Airmen from the 133rd Airlift Wing, 148th Fighter Wing, and Joint Force Headquarters who have distinguished themselves with notable professional achievement and service or heroism. The inaugural ceremony was hosted
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Kristopher Langham stands before a bank of laptop computers

Cybersecurity Awareness: Are you protected?

As Cybersecurity Awareness month draws to a close, the Minnesota National Guard encourages service members, their families, and others to practice good cyber hygiene. Proper cyber hygiene habits can protect individuals from online threats, much like brushing your teeth every day will protect teeth from getting cavities. In an age where information is more powerful
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Minnesota Celebrates Veterans Day

The official State of Minnesota Veterans Day Program will be held virtually again this year in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. A 30-minute recorded program will be available starting at 8 a.m. on Veterans Day, Thursday, November 11 here on the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs website. The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA)
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Minnesota National Guard JAG officer invested as Tenth Judicial District judge

Oct. 28, 2021 (ST. PAUL, Minn.) – An investiture ceremony was held on Oct. 22, 2021, in St. Paul, Minnesota, for Jesse L. Seabrooks II, a captain who serves as the operations law judge advocate for the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, as a newly appointed judge of the District Court for
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A pivotal deployment that led to a military career

Oct. 22, 2021 (ST. PAUL, Minn.) – Every Soldier has their reason for joining the military. Every Soldier has their reason for continuing to serve. For Army Sgt. 1st Class Erandi Lindsey, her path evolved from earning school benefits to a passion for taking care of Soldiers. Lindsey, the medical administrative noncommissioned officer for the
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Lt. Col. Charles Rankin to Assume Command of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team

December 3, 2021 (St. Paul, Minnesota) — Army Col. Timothy Kemp will relinquish command of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, to Army Lt. Col. Charles ‘Chip’ Rankin in a ceremony on Saturday at the Training and Community Center in Rosemount, Minnesota. “I enlisted as a private nearly 28 years
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Christmas Comes Early for 13 Airmen and Their Families

November 30, 2021 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — Minnesota National Guard families will enjoy a special Christmasdelivery on Wednesday with the return of 13 Airmen from the 133rd Airlift Wing. These Airmenreturn home approximately 60-days earlier than anticipated – and just in time for Christmas.“I cannot thank the Airmen enough for their dedication and hard work
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Minnesota National Guard Service Members Activated to Support Healthcare Facilities

November 22, 2021 (Saint Paul, Minnesota) – Today, Governor Walz has activated the Minnesota National Guard toserve as skilled-nursing “rapid response teams” to support healthcare facilities experiencingsevere staffing shortages. “Our force is highly adaptive and with training will assist Minnesota’s healthcare community inresponding to healthcare staffing shortages,” said Army Maj. Gen. Shawn Manke, theMinnesota National
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148th Fighter Wing conducts night flying in Northern Minnesota

The 148th Fighter Wing will conduct night flying October 25 through November 4, 2021. The 148th will be integrating with Special Operations Forces to conduct effective and realistic Close Air Support (CAS) training. CAS is the direct support of ground forces by air assets such as the 148th Fighter Wing’s F-16CM fighter aircraft. During CAS,
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Minnesota Air National Guard Selects First Female State Command Chief

Oct. 18, 2021 (ST. PAUL, Minn.) – Command Chief Master Sgt. Lisa Erikson assumed responsibility as the 14th State Command Chief of the Minnesota Air National Guard on Saturday, Oct. 16, becoming the first female to hold this role. “You must continue to grow the organization and sharpen the spear, so our airmen are prepared
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