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Cyber-Soldier makes history for Minnesota’s Hmong community 

Growing up in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Rose Xiong always admired the courage, selflessness, and discipline of Soldiers.  When a friend told her she could enlist in the National Guard without giving up her goal of being a full-time college student and completing a degree, she took a chance and joined.  “I was that kid always
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The Midwest’s Best compete in 2022 Region IV Best Warrior Competition 

May 15, 2022 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota)—The Minnesota National Guard hosts the Region IV Best Warrior Competition at Camp Ripley, May 11-15, 2022. This regional event included the best noncommissioned officers, or NCOs, and Soldiers from Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.  “They put in an extra effort and compete, to be better versions
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Annual conference brings Minnesota’s senior noncommissioned officers together

April 11, 2022 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minn.) – More than 130 Army and Air senior noncommissioned officers gathered to focus on professional development and comradery at Camp Ripley’s Training and Community Center for the 2022 Joint Senior Enlisted Leaders Conference held on April 9-10, 2022. Due to the pandemic, it has been two years since the
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Minnesota Companies Go Above and Beyond at Conference

April 13, 2022 (MAPLE GROVE, Minnesota) – Representatives of Beyond the Yellow Ribbon (BTYR) companies from across Minnesota gathered at the Great River Energy corporate headquarters in Maple Grove, Minnesota, to attend the bi-annual Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Company Conference on April 13, 2022. “These conferences are important because it allows us to bring together
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Norway, Minnesota celebrate 49th troop exchange, years of partnership

The 49th Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange (NOREX) came to a close on April 7, 2022, as more than 100 Soldiers and Airmen from the Minnesota National Guard departed Norway to return to Minnesota. NOREX is the longest-running military partnership between two nations starting in 1974; however, unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic did not occur
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Honoring the Past: Minnesota National Guard Members visit U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

Through a Diversity and Inclusion initiative, which includes eight special emphasis councils, the Minnesota National Guard partners with community organizations to ensure that all are treated with dignity, respect, and remain vigilant in rejecting prejudice and persecution. One of these special emphasis councils is the Holocaust Remembrance Special Emphasis Council which maintains a unique partnership
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Three service members stand together in the snowy woods, dressed in white winter uniforms

Experience gained; memories made: Minnesota National Guard completes exercise in Norway

Airmen and Soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard and Norwegian Home Guard participated in the 49th annual U.S. – Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange, known as NOREX, March 24 through April 7, 2022, continuing the U.S.’s longest-running military exchange partnership. The exchange, which began in 1974, promotes goodwill and sharpens military readiness between the NATO allies.
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Minnesota kicks off Month of the Military Child

Each April, Month of the Military Child provides the opportunity for Americans to celebrate and thank the children of service members and Veterans. The Minnesota National Guard will celebrate the Month of the Military Child at the Mall of America on Friday April 15th. There will be an array of activities for children and their
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Women on Guard: Minnesota artist honors women in the military

March 31, 2021 (FORT RIPLEY, Minn.) — In artist Charles Kapsner’s studio, a painting is unfolding that features five full-body portraits of female service members in the Minnesota National Guard of varying cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Titled “Women on Guard” the painting weaves together the stories of five women of Hispanic, African, Iranian, European and
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Norwegian youth competition sparks strong bonds in Minnesota

March 31, 2022 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minn.) — In Norway there is a saying ‘alle skal med’ which roughly translates to never leave a teammate behind. Norwegian Home Guard Youth members participating in the 49th annual U.S. – Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange alongside the Norwegian Home Guard, known as Heimevernet, and the Minnesota National Guard at
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Camp Ripley Hosts Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition

Little Falls, Minn. – This week, Minnesota National Guard’s Camp Ripley hosts the ArmyNational Guard Region IV Best Warrior Competition to find the best of the bestnoncommissioned officer and Soldier of the region. “Camp Ripley is a regional training center, which hosts all types of schools, events, andcompetitions, and every time we host, this installation
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Minnesota National Guard Assists Neighboring State

St Cloud, Minn. – Today, five Minnesota National Guard Soldiers departed with one CH-47 Chinook to provide heavy-lift support for flood response operations occurring in North Dakota.“This mission is to move two, 10,000-pound pumps closer to the Bourbanis Dam located on the Red River in Pembina, North Dakota,” said Army Col. Gregory Fix, Minnesota National
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Hastings-based 434th Chemical Company returns from deployment

(HASTINGS, Minnesota) — Approximately 150 Soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard’s 434th Chemical Company, based in Hastings and Red Wing, returned last week from deployment to Kuwait in support of Operation Spartan Shield. While deployed, the Soldiers provided Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) response in support of Operations Spartan Shield and Inherent Resolve in
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Camp Ripley Leadership Provides an Update to Local Communities

April 8, 2022 (Little Falls, Minnesota) — Camp Ripley leadership begins annual community updates “Camp Ripley 101” to surrounding communities starting next week. “Providing the Camp Ripley 101 to our local communities is essential to us,” said Army Brig. Gen. Lowell Kruse, the Minnesota National Guard’s Assistant Adjutant General and Camp Ripley’s Senior Commander. “We
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Norwegian Home Guard, Minnesota National Guard Troops Train with Local Law Enforcement

April 2, 2022 (Little Falls, Minnesota) – Camp Ripley hosts local law enforcement who will provide asymmetric training to Minnesota and Norwegian Home Guard troops during the 49th Norwegian exchange. “Camp Ripley and the Minnesota National Guard have always been able to respond to any situation that the State of Minnesota requires us,” said Army
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