A Unique Path to Leadership

Vince Lombardi once said, “leaders are made, they are not born.” Leadership is a skill that is developed over time through experience, reflection, study and practice. 148th Fighter Wing Vice Commander, Col. Babette S. Van Hees brings a diverse set of experiences to her role. Van Hees enlisted in the U.S. Air Force as a
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2023 Minnesota Air National Guard Flight of Honor accepting nominations

The Minnesota Air National Guard Memorialization Board is accepting nominations for possible candidates to be inducted into the 2023 Minnesota Air National Guard (MN ANG) Flight of Honor Induction Program, Joint Force Headquarters, MN. –Memorialization Regulation JFMNR 36-3108 (dtd 6Dec21) v2 ***Nomination must include narrative of both military and civilian leadership service (example narrative Appendix
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Leadership, a way of life

Leadership is more than just a word for Minnesota National Guard service members, Air Force Lt. Col. Gina Keppeler and Army Lt. Col. Sarah Witt, who are currently attending the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Instead, they say, it is a way of life. “I hope my experience inspires someone to take on
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A Year in the Guard: Sprinting Through to Retirement

“I came back to Minnesota and was done with the military. I was literally out. But I had these uniforms hanging in my closet and I couldn’t throw them out. I thought, ‘It would just be nice to wear those things out.’” Command Chief Master Sgt. Mark Legvold enlisted in the Active Duty Air Force
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Meet the 148th Fighter Wing’s ‘Aces of the ASVAB’

The perfect score. What does that mean? What does it look like? I recently became aware of an Airman who scored a perfect 99 on Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, or ASVAB test. I was intrigued. When discussing this topic with a colleague, I learned there was another Airmen with a perfect 99. An inquiry
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A year in the Guard: Air Force Staff Sgt. Brendan Seepersaud

For many, the years following high school are formative. In U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Brendan Seepersaud’s case, this was especially true. After embarking on a path leading towards a college degree, he had to take a step back from his goals. This eventually led to an enlistment as a Personnel Specialist in the Force
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Minnesota, Norway partner for 50th troop exchange

TRØNDELAG, Norway — More than 100 Minnesota National Guard Airmen and Soldiers are partnering with the Heimevernet, the Norwegian Home Guard, for two weeks of winter warfare training during the 50th U.S./Norway Reciprocal Troop Exchange, Feb. 2-16, 2023. More commonly known as NOREX, the exchange continues to be the longest-running troop exchange in the U.S.
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Youth Platoon Competition brings Comradery to NOREX

The culmination of the 50th anniversary of the U.S.-Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange saw members of the Norwegian Youth form a large team huddle for one final hurrah at Camp Ripley, Minnesota, on Feb. 14, 2023. With arms slung over the shoulders of fellow service members – both Norwegian and Minnesotan – this truly demonstrates the
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Serving Our Troops Hosts “Dinners with the Family” for Norway, Minnesota National Guard Service Members

It is a time-honored tradition of the U.S.-Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange, known as NOREX, to share operational insights and cultural experiences -including national delicacies – when hosting their international guests. Since the partnership was established in 1973 and the first exchange kicked off the following year, the Norwegian Home Guard and the Minnesota National Guard
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Minnesota National Guard, 148th Fighter Wing conducts 30th year of winter training

At a remote camp in Northern Minnesota with a real temp of -18 degrees and winds creating a feels like temp of -33, Communications experts from the Minnesota National Guard gathered to conduct extensive winter training. Radio Frequency Transmissions specialists from the 148th Fighter Wing set up its Joint Communications Platform (JCP) and established radio
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Media Advisories

Minnesota National Guard Hosts International Women’s Day Event

MEDIA ADVISORY: For Immediate ReleaseMarch 7, 2023 ST. PAUL, Minn. – Tomorrow, the Minnesota National Guard will host an InternationalWomen’s Day event in St. Paul to celebrate the accomplishments of the females serving in itsranks. “I am proud to be a member of the Minnesota National Guard because I am part of anorganization that celebrates
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Minnesota National Guard Signs State Partnership Program Agreement with Norway

TRONDHEIM, Norway– Today, the Minnesota National Guard signed an official State Partnership Program agreement with Norway in Trondheim, Norway, to further expand their 50-year relationship.    “As a Minnesotan and a member of the Minnesota National Guard, I am grateful the Department of Defense has officially approved our partnership with Norway,” said Army Maj. Gen.
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First Air Guard Flight Nurse, a Minnesota National Guard Member, to Receive Distinguished Flying Cross Medal

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Saturday, Air Force Maj. Katie Lunning will be presented with the nation’s highest award for aerial achievement, the Distinguished Flying Cross Medal, for extraordinary achievement while participating in an aerial flight during the evacuation of Kabul in August 2021. “From an Intensive Care Unit Nurse Manager in Iowa to a Critical
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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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