Sgt. Shanice Buckhalton: To serve her country and community

February 20, 2020 (KUWAIT) – As an administration non-commissioned officer for the Headquarters Support Company, 834th Aviation Support Battalion, Sgt. Shanice Buckhalton has a long list of goals to accomplish during her first deployment. While completing her Bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Southwest Minnesota State University and fulfilling the 100 volunteer hours she needs
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Siblings Ski and Serve Together in Minnesota National Guard

February 20, 2020 (ST PAUL, Minnesota) – From Belarus to Chile to Northern Italy, biathletes and siblings Siena and Jakob Ellingson have been able to compete at high levels while serving in the Minnesota National Guard as specialists and motor transportation operators with the 114th Transportation Company. Despite not learning how to ski until age
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Minnesota Guardsman brings Haitian culture to Guard service

February 17, 2020 (STILLWATER, Minnesota) — Staff Sgt. Daphnee Pierre, a culinary management NCO with the Stillwater-based 34th Military Police Company, joined the Minnesota National Guard in 2009 as a financial management technician. Born and raised in Haiti, Pierre lived in New York with her extended family before coming to Minnesota. She has several extended
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Accelerated officer school benefits Guard, proves to be good option for some candidates

February 7, 2020 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — The most significant difference between the accelerated 501 Officer Candidate School and other OCS training is the pace. The students must accomplish the same tasks to the same standard but at a much faster rate. Where state OCS programs take 14 months, and Federal OCS takes 12 weeks,
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Civil Support, a Unified Team

February 3, 2020 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — It’s no secret that the National Guard is always ready to respond to local and regional emergencies such as domestic emergencies and natural disasters. Soldiers and Airmen, ready to don their uniforms at a moment’s notice and pause their civilian lives to march toward any challenge before them.
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The 34th Infantry Division Bids Farewell to a Key Leader, Trainer

January 30, 2020 (ROSEMOUNT, Minnesota) — Retired Col. John R. Kreye had two distinguished careers in the Minnesota National Guard. He rose from the enlisted ranks to command at the platoon, battery, battalion, and brigade-levels. His military career culminated as the Chief of Staff for Task Force Falcon and Multi-national BDE East in Kosovo. Based
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Minnesota National Guard property and fiscal office works behind the scenes to ensure fiscal responsibility

January 23, 2020 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota) — In the Minnesota National Guard, a group of highly-skilled personnel work to manage the government funds and property that ensure Soldiers and Airmen are trained and able to respond to federal and state missions. “In an era where all the transactions are digital, it’s easy for people to
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Funeral services for PV2 Conor McGurran

Funeral and visitation arrangements for PV2 Conor McGurran are as follows: Visitation: Sunday, January 19, 2020, 3:00-5:00 p.m. Washburn-McReavy Nokomis Park Chapel, 1838 East Minnehaha Parkway, Minneapoli, MN  (612) 721-1651 Interment: Monday, January 20, 2020, 9:00 a.m. Fort Snelling National Cemetery, 7601 34th Avenue, South Minneapolis, MN Memorial Mass of Christian Burial: Monday, January 20,
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Minnesota Guardsman honors family’s military history during promotion

January 15, 2020 (CHAMPLIN, Minnesota) — Sgt. Maj. Katie Blackwell’s brother, uncles, grandfather and great grandfather served in the military. Her family’s military legacy goes back to the American Revolution. On January 12, 2020, Blackwell honored that legacy by having her grandfather, Ford Elliott, help to promote her to the rank of sergeant major on
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Accepting Nominations for Camp Ripley’s 2020 Court of Honor

Suspense 1April2020 The Camp Ripley Memorialization Board is now accepting nominations for possible candidates to be inducted into the 2020 Minnesota Army National Guard Court of Honor Induction Program at Camp Ripley, MN.  Please reference the attached documents: –Nomination Form (dtd 30 OCT 19) –Memorialization Regulation MNGR 1-33 (dtd 30 OCT 19) –History of the
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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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