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Reintegration events smooth transition for returning members, families

August 1, 2022 (Bloomington, Minn.) — More than six months after the Minnesota National Guard’s ‘Task Force 1-194,’ made up of members of the Brainerd-based 1st Combined Arms Battalion, of the 194th Armor Regiment returned from a deployment to the Middle East, service members are settling back into their lives. “I missed my wife a
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Minnesota service members compete in All-Guard National Best Warrior Competition, build lifelong friendships

July 30, 2022 (SMYRNA, Tenn.) – Two Minnesota National Guard service members are competing in the All-Guard National Best Warrior Competition, July 24-29, 2022, near Smyrna, Tennessee. They are part of 14 finalists representing the best of the best in the Army National Guard. “It’s just been phenomenal watching these young Soldiers reach their full
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A friendly competition: Minnesota National Guard Soldiers compete in Croatian Best Soldier Competition

May 26, 2022 (SLUNJ, Croatia) – The morning of May 26, 2022, dawned hot and muggy – setting the tone for more than 70 competitors as they faced eight tests of skill and endurance during the Croatian Best Soldier Competition. For a decade, Croatia has hosted the prestigious competition and facilitated strong partnerships by bringing
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Labor leaders celebrate 25-year partnership helping service members

Leaders from labor unions across the state came together for a tour of Minnesota National Guard training facilities, June 10, 2022. Their journey began at the General John W. Vessey Readiness Center in Arden Hills, Minnesota where they learned about the Minnesota National Guard’s history and the importance of community partnerships. They also discussed employer
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Minnesota National Guard, safety team focus on summer season risks

July 1, 2022 (COTTAGE GROVE, Minn.) — Summer is beginning, and with more than 10,000 lakes, Minnesotans may take advantage of the longer days and warm temperatures. The season officially began on June 21st. It also brings potential safety risks that most haven’t seen since last year. “Last year, the Army lost 50 Soldiers during
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Partners in flight: Minnesota National Guard and Croatian Armed Forces collaborate through State Partnership Program

June 10, 2022 (SAINT PAUL, Minnesota) – “It always feels good to help a friend,” said U.S. Army Sgt. Nathan Buck, a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter technical inspector with the Minnesota National Guard’s Bravo Company, 834th Aviation Support Battalion. Buck was one of seven Minnesota crew chiefs sent to Croatia as part of a mission
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Forty-two years of service: Chief Thomas Galoff retires from Minnesota National Guard

June 13, 2022 (COTTAGE GROVE, Minnesota) — “As I look back when I started my career, I never imagined that I would become a CW5,” said Chief Warrant Officer Five Thomas Galoff, a native of Phillips, Wisconsin. “Well, part of that was when I started my career, there was not a CW5 [rank in the
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Pride in serving in Minnesota’s National Guard

June 2, 2022 (COTTAGE GROVE, Minn.) — “The Minnesota National Guard was the first organization where I felt comfortable enough to come out,” said Army Capt. Forrest Jennings, the basic branch recruiter, an armor officer, and advisor for the Minnesota National Guard’s LGBTQ+ diversity and inclusion council. Jennings began his service in Edmond, Oklahoma as
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Family readiness training prepares leaders, volunteers for next deployment

April 23, 2022 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minn.) — The Minnesota National Guard’s Family Readiness program hosted an Annual Training, known as a FRAT, at Camp Ripley, April 23, 2022.  “The purpose of the FRAT is to train commanders, their command teams, liaisons, and Soldier and Family Readiness Group volunteers on all aspects of establishing and maintaining
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Minnesota Guard members thrive through education benefits

March 11, 2022 (COTTAGE GROVE, Minn.) — From a saxophone player in the South Dakota National Guard to a United States Military Academy West Point graduate, Active-duty officer, enlisted, and now serving in the Minnesota National Guard, Army Capt. Jessica Haugaard has had an interesting career to say the least. In addition to graduating from
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Media Advisories

Minnesota National Guard Gains New Yellow Ribbon Partner

MEDIA ADVISORY: For Immediate ReleaseJuly 19, 2022 MANKATO, Minn. – Tomorrow, the Minnesota National Guard will gain the Minnesota StateBuilding and Construction Trades Council as the 83rd yellow ribbon company since the inceptionof the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Program in 2008. “One of the Minnesota National Guard’s priorities is partnerships, and without a doubt, theMinnesota
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Minnesota National Guard to Recognize Airmen of the Year for 2021 & 2022

MEDIA ADVISORY: For Immediate ReleaseJuly 19, 2022 ST. PAUL, Minn. – Tomorrow, Minnesota National Guard leaders will recognize 10 Airmen fortheir outstanding performance at St. Paul’s Veterans Service Building. “Taking a moment to recognize the individual Airmen who have gone above and beyond in theirprimary duties is vital as people are the center of any
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Rabbi Kamil Joins Minnesota National Guard

(July 15, 2022) ST. PAUL, Minn.- Tomorrow, the Minnesota National Guard will conduct a swearing-in ceremony on the stairs of the Minnesota State Capitol for Rabbi Kamil, adding to the diversity within the chaplain section. “I have always wanted to join the military,” remarked Rabbi Frederick Kamil. “To serve those who servethat’s how I want
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Camp Ripley Welcomes the 1-125 Field Artillery Battalion’s New Artillery

May 23, 2022 (Little Falls, Minnesota) – This week, Minnesota National Guard’s Camp Ripley Training Center hosts the New Ulm-based 1-125 Field Artillery Battalion as they test their new A7 Self Propelled Paladin Howitzer on the firing range. “Camp Ripley has been a host to a number of new weapons and support systems, and every
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Minnesota National Guard Activated in Flood Response

MEDIA ADVISORY: For Immediate Release May 20th, 2022 Duluth, Minnesota based Soldiers activated for flood response in Koochiching and St. Louis County. St Paul, Minn. – Forty-five Soldiers of the Duluth-based 1st Battalion, 94th Cavalry Regiment are responding to a request for assistance in Northeast Minnesota. These Soldiers will be providing flood response in the
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