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Responding in Unison: Croatia and Minnesota National Guard partner in disaster response

Earthquakes, wildfires, floods, and pandemics. The disasters and emergencies of recent years have affected States and Nations alike. The global community’s increased focus on emergency preparedness and disaster management have strengthened the need to exchange best practices and broaden response plans. The Minnesota National Guard recently brought interagency partners from Minnesota’s Department of Public Safety
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Month of the Military Family: Guard families reflect on military life

Two Minnesota National Guard families shared their thoughts on life as a military family during Month of the Military Family. The Vogel Family Army Sgt. Maj. Joe Vogel serves with the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division personnel section and has 25 years of military service. His wife, Molly, is a Soldier & Family Readiness specialist.
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Minnesota military family adapts, endures Middle East deployment apart

Army Sgt. Mai Vue, a human resources specialist with the Minnesota National Guard’s 147th Human Resources Company, currently deployed to Kuwait, says even though they’re a half a world away, she is getting support and strength from her family. “They are assisting my spouse with my children since daycare is hard for my spouse and
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Honoring a Veterans 71-year journey home

Near midnight on a small airport tarmac in Bismarck, North Dakota, family, and tribal drums greeted the return of the remains of U.S. Army Pfc. Melvin Little Bear, a Korean War veteran who had been missing in action since February 13, 1951. Little Bear later died while in captivity at POW Camp 1 in Chansong,
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The Minnesota National Guard Welcomes a New Command Senior Enlisted Advisor

After more than three years of service as the Minnesota National Guard’s Command Senior Enlisted Leader, Command Sgt. Maj. Brian Soper handed over the reins to Minnesota Air National Guard State Command Chief Lisa Erikson during a ceremony in Saint Paul, Minn. on Nov. 10, 2022. “What I’ll miss most about being the command senior
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Birds of a feather: family members deploy together

Whether it is a fond memory or something one would rather not reminisce on – most siblings are connected by a string of family experiences. For three siblings at the Minnesota National Guard’s 148th Fighter Wing, the thread connecting them is a subdued camouflage in color and has taken them around the world. Tech. Sgt.
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Meet Minnesota National Guard’s Newest Brigadier General

Chris Blomquist, the new Chief of Staff of the Minnesota Air National Guard, was promoted tobrigadier general during a ceremony at the 148th Fighter Wing, Duluth, Minnesota, in front offamily, military leaders, community leaders, and 148th Fighter Wing members on Saturday,September 10, 2022. “In your new role as the Chief of Staff of the Minnesota
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Minnesota companies, organizations unite to support state’s military community

Minnesota companies, organizations unite to support state’s military community Seventy-one Minnesota companies and organizations attended the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon fall conference Nov. 3, 2022, in Eagan to share best practices in supporting military veterans, service members, and their families. “These companies or organizations have dedicated members who work to formalize best practices, resources, recognition,
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Minnesota doctor turned Soldier, a Veteran’s story of service

In December 2001, just four months after 9/11, the deadliest terrorist attacks on U.S. soil, Dr. Allen Autrey attended a course titled ‘Medical Response to Terrorism’ in Minnesota. “There were these guys sitting in the room that had polo shirts with an emblem,” said Autrey. “I walked up to them and asked them who they
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Minnesota’s Red Bulls advance Army artillery with first-of-its-kind symposium

“That’s the tough part about going first,” said Army Col. Eric Wieland, commander of the Minnesota National Guard’s 34th Division Artillery Brigade, known as DIVARTY, as he took the podium October 13, 2022, in the auditorium of the General Vessey Readiness Center in Arden Hills, Minnesota – home of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division. 
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Media Advisories

Minnesota National Guard Leaders, Children Meet with First Lady Biden

MEDIA ADVISORY: For Immediate ReleaseNovember 28, 2022 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, First Lady Jill Biden met with two members from the MinnesotaNational Guard’s 133rd Airlift Wing and their children as part of her Joining Forces initiative tosupport military families. “This meeting was a wonderful opportunity for the First Lady to hear directly from Guardyouth,” said
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High School Hockey Team Experiences Team Building with the Military

MEDIA ADVISORY: For Immediate ReleaseNovember 18, 2022 LITTLE FALLS, Minn. – The Minnesota National Guard’s Camp Ripley is hosting the AppleValley Boys High School Hockey Team tonight and Saturday to build team cohesion andexperience various aspects of the National Guard. “Much like the military, in hockey, no single player is greater than the collective group,”
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Minnesota National Guard Selects First Air Guard Leader for Senior Enlisted Position

MEDIA ADVISORY: For Immediate ReleaseNov. 8, 2022 Minnesota National Guard Selects First Air Guard Leader for Senior Enlisted PositionST. PAUL, Minn. – Thursday, the Minnesota National Guard will conduct a ceremony thatappoints the first Air Guard leader in more than 166 years to the most senior enlisted position inthe Minnesota Guard. “I’m very proud to
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Minnesota National Guard Celebrates Opening of a Maintenance Facility in New Ulm

MEDIA ADVISORY: For Immediate ReleaseOctober 18, 2022 Minnesota National Guard Celebrates Opening of a Maintenance Facility in New UlmNEW ULM, Minn. – Thursday, the Minnesota National Guard is conducting a ribbon-cuttingceremony for a new maintenance facility in New Ulm, which provides advantages to the Guardand the community. “The new maintenance facility in New Ulm marks
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Meet Minnesota National Guard’s Newest Brigadier General

STORY: For Immediate ReleaseOctober 12, 2022 Chris Blomquist, the new Chief of Staff of the Minnesota Air National Guard, was promoted tobrigadier general during a ceremony at the 148th Fighter Wing, Duluth, Minnesota, in front offamily, military leaders, community leaders, and 148th Fighter Wing members on Saturday,September 10, 2022. “In your new role as the
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