Minnesota Guardsman welcomes son into officer ranks

May 15, 2020 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — Brig. Gen. Shawn Manke, Assistant Division Commander of Operations for the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, recently had the opportunity to participate in the commissioning ceremony of his son, Lucas, which was held virtually in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In these times of socially-distanced meetings, workplaces and
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Minnesota Guardsmen continue to prepare for deployment amid COVID-19 restrictions

April 28, 2020 (MANKATO, Minnesota) — Approximately 700 Soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard’s Mankato-based 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry are training and preparing for deployment to the Horn of Africa later this summer. “The health and well-being of each of our soldiers and their families is very important,” said Lt. Col. Chip Rankin, commander of
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Minnesota Army National Guard continues to recruit Soldiers

April 24, 2020 (MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota) — The Minnesota Army National Guard is still recruiting, just in a different way. Like many organizations and businesses, the Minnesota National Guard has had to adapt during the global pandemic. We are committed to remaining a strong and ready force, and that means we are still looking for qualified
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Once in the Service, Always Ready to Serve

April 21, 2020 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — While the fight against COVID-19 requires each individual to do their part by social distancing and taking other precautionary measures, it also takes unwavering leadership when faced with difficult decisions. This is something that sets the state of Minnesota apart from the rest. Some of our most engaged
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148th Fighter Wing Airmen graduate basic training amid COVID-19 pandemic

April 20, 2020 (DULUTH, Minnesota) — On April 9, 2020, 1400 trainees graduated from Air Force Basic Military Training (BMT) at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas; all wearing masks amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.  Of the 1400, three were Bulldogs of the 148th Fighter Wing. Airman 1st Class David Cornelius, Airman 1st Class Ivy Grochowski, and Airman 1st Class Sebastian
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Duluth Airmen serves in critical role as victim advocate

April 17, 2020 (DULUTH, Minnesota) — In 2011, an Airmen ten years into his career saw a new opportunity where he could serve in a position that would help protect fellow service members from harm every day. He’d be able to help individuals one-on-one and train his unit at the same time.             “As a
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Minnesota National Guard supports Red River flooding

April 13, 2020 (OSLO, Minnesota) — About 20 Soldiers with the 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry “Bearcats” based out of Moorhead, Minnesota, supported the city of Oslo, Minnesota, over Easter for the second year in a row. The Red River’s water levels have flooded roadways into the city. Minnesota Governor Tim Walz issued an
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148th Fighter Wing returns from NORAD-tasked Operation NOBLE EAGLE Deployment

March 31, 2020 (DULUTH, Minnesota) — Airmen from the Duluth-based 148th Fighter Wing, Minnesota Air National Guard, returned home last week after completing a 90-day NORAD-tasked Operation NOBLE EAGLE mission servicing the continental United States. “The 148th provided robust air-defense capabilities,” said Canadian Maj. Gen. Derek Joyce, deputy commander, Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense
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Badly-Needed Blood Drive Finds Host At Camp Ripley

March 26, 2020 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota) – During difficult times, the American Red Cross has literally been the lifeblood that has come to the aid of people everywhere. Their mission statement reads: The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity
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Minnesota Guardsman named inspector general civilian of the year

March 25, 2020 (ST. PAUL, Minn.) — The Department of the Army recently named Heidi Savre, assistant inspector general for the Minnesota National Guard, as Inspector General Civilian of the Year in the category of GS 9-11. “Heidi has a great personality that compels people to like her,” said Col. Daniel Heape, the state inspector
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Deploying Minnesota Guardsmen to be honored with sendoff ceremony at Camp Ripley

Serving Our Troops to Host Virtual Deployment Ceremony and Cook Out for National Guard and Families June 16, 2020 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minn.) — Nearly 700 soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard’s Mankato-based 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry will be honored Friday, June 19, at Camp Ripley, prior to deployment to the Horn of Africa. The soldiers
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A peaceful evening protest bonds National Guard service members and demonstrators

June 2, 2020 (SAINT PAUL, Minn.) – The Minnesota National Guard conducted more than two dozen missions across the Twin Cities last night. Capitol Complex Security was one of those missions, and guardsmen found themselves serving as allies to all peaceful protestors. Master Sgt. Acie Matthews, Equal Opportunity Advisor for the Minnesota National Guard, was
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An organized show of force results in quieter night in the Twin Cities

May 31, 2020 (ST PAUL, Minn.) —  In a 10:30 p.m. press conference last night Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen said, “We are in a position of strength significantly greater tonight in Minneapolis and Saint Paul than we were last night.” That strength, and full integration with civil authorizes, changed the
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The Minnesota National Guard is “All In”

May 30, 2020 (SAINT PAUL, Minn.) – Announced during a morning press conference by state leadership, Governor Walz authorized the National Guard to “fully activate.” The Minnesota National Guard is an organization of more than 13,000 Soldiers and Airmen.  A full activation authorizes the guard to activate all those that are medically fit, and not
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Minnesota National Guard to activate additional 1,000 soldiers Saturday

May 30, 2020 (SAINT PAUL, Minn.) — Overnight, Governor Tim Walz authorized the Minnesota National Guard to activate an additional 1,000 soldiers to support civil authorities. Last night, an additional 200 soldiers were activated, bringing the total to more than 700 soldiers and airmen on state active duty just before midnight. The Minnesota National Guard
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