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Camp Ripley Hosts Open House Honoring Native Americans

September 20, 2021 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota) — Camp Ripley hosted its Open House September 19, 2021. The event, which occurs every two years, gives the public an opportunity to experience military life for a day. The Open house is a great tradition that has been running for 30 years. “This is one of our most
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Silenced no more, service members speak, reflect ten years later

September 20, 2021 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — It has been ten years since the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy was repealed. Since September 20, 2011, the Department of Defense cannot discharge service members solely based on sexual orientation. “I joined the Army thinking I would never be able to love anyone, never be able to
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Donaldson welcomed to the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program

September 13, 2021 (BLOOMINGTON, Minnesota) — The Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Program of Minnesota welcomed its 80th company into the network this week with the dedication of Donaldson Company, Inc. Headquartered in Bloomington, Minnesota, Donaldson hosted an outdoor celebration on September 13, 2021, with employees and members of the community to commemorate the Yellow Ribbon
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Minnesota medic serves, volunteers for his community

September 17, 2021 (COTTAGE GROVE, Minnesota) — A love of military medicine started from an early age and became a military career for 26 years and for the Minnesota National Guard’s Office of the State Surgeon’s noncommissioned officer in charge, U.S. Army Master Sgt. Samuel Williams. Williams developed and trained Soldiers as well as future
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Minnesota unit ‘defends’ during training in CSTX 78-21-04 at Fort McCoy

September 10, 2021 (FORT MCCOY, Wisconsin) — In a garrison environment, human-resource specialists in the Army Reserve and National Guard are known for their office work and administrative tasks. On the battlefield, those same service members are Soldiers first. And as Soldiers first, they may be required to perform base defense operations and more along
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Twenty years later, Minnesota Remembers 9/11

September 13, 2021 (SAINT PAUL, Minnesota) – On Sept. 11, 2021, we stood with Minnesotans and the nation at the state capitol complex as we remembered the events on 9/11, twenty years later. The event not only remembered the lives lost on that day, but also service members from Minnesota who made the ultimate sacrifice
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Soldier aids crash victims on drive home

September 13, 2021 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — She was driving south of Interstate 35E just south of St. Paul, Minnesota, on a Friday afternoon when out of the corner of her eye, something caught her attention. She looked over and saw that a sedan had driven up an embankment and wedged itself underneath the overpass.
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WATCH | Minnesota Remembers: 9/11 and the Minnesota National Guard

September 11, 2021 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — September 11, 2001, began like any other Tuesday for the Minnesota National Guardsmen and women on duty that day. It wasn’t until later that morning that the gravity of that day sank in and our citizen Soldiers and Airmen went to work securing their state and nation. In
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A Minnesota National Guard Soldier holds a baby.

Minnesota medics care for Afghan evacuees in the Middle East

CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait – While more than 400 members of Minnesota National Guard’s 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 194th Armor Regiment, known as Task Force 1-194, deployed to Afghanistan in support of evacuation efforts, the Cottage Grove, Minnesota-based Charlie Company, 134th Brigade Support Battalion began preparations to medically screen up to 5,000 Afghans at the unit’s
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Resiliency in the RTI: Warrant Officer Candidate Pushes Through

August 20, 2021 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota) — Earlier this spring, the 175th Regional Training Institute at Camp Ripley began its annual Warrant Officer Candidate School (WOCS). There are 11 candidates enrolled this year who are preparing for their final two weeks of training at Camp Atterbury, Indiana this fall. Each year the class reports in
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Media Advisories

Governor Walz proclaims Military Appreciation Day at the State Fair Aug. 31st

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 29, 2021 Falcon Heights, Minn. – The Minnesota State Fair’s tenth Military Appreciation Day will take place Tuesday, August 31, and provide an educational opportunity for all fairgoers to learn about Minnesota’s military community. This year’s theme is honoring the service of the past, present, and future.  “The Minnesota State Fair
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Minnesota Guardsmen to join fight against Northern Minnesota wildfires

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 16, 2021 ST. PAUL, Minnesota – The Minnesota National Guard’s St. Paul-based 2-147 Assault Helicopter Battalion is sending two UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters with Bambi water buckets and two Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Trucks (HEMTTs) with fueling capability, and the Duluth-based 148th Fighter Wing is sending one fuel truck to Northern
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Minnesota Guardsmen to provide aide to Washington wildfire efforts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 7, 2021 ST. PAUL, Minnesota – The Minnesota National Guard’s St. Cloud-based C Company, 2-211 General Support Aviation Battalion is sending a UH-60L Black Hawk helicopter with hoist to Washington to provide medical evacuation support and aerial fire suppression to the firefighting efforts. Ten soldiers will be activated in support of
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Minnesota Guardsmen to return from Artillery Mission in Afghanistan, Iraq

SAINT CLOUD, Minnesota – Approximately 65 soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard’s C Battery, 1st Battalion, 194th Field Artillery Regiment, headquartered in Alexandria, will be returning to Minnesota Saturday July 31, 2021 after a nine-month deployment with personnel stationed in Afghanistan and Iraq in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel and Operation Inherent Resolve. The Soldiers
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Minnesota Guardsmen to return from Guantanamo Bay

June 18, 2021 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) – Approximately 150 Soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard’s 34th Military Police Company headquartered in Stillwater, will be returning to Minnesota Saturday after a nine-month deployment to Cuba. The Soldiers provided base security in support of Joint Task Force Guantanamo whose mission is to conduct safe, humane and legal
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