Red Bulls Begin Saber Strike

June 14, 2016 (TAPA ARMY BASE, Estonia) — Soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard’s 34th Red Bull Infantry Division joined units from 14 countries to support the Saber Strike 16 exercise taking place from May 27-June 22 throughout Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The long-standing U.S. Army Europe-led exercise is designed to improve joint interoperability through
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The wait is over; Minnesota Red Bulls enter “The Box”

June 13, 2016 (FORT IRWIN, California) — As the sun peaks the mountain tops on the final day of the Reception, Staging, Onward Movement and Integration phase for the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, nearly 6,000 Soldiers load gear, mount vehicles and await the call to move out of the Rotational Unit
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Minnesota and Croatia celebrate 20 years of partnership

June 10, 2016 (KARLOVAC, Croatia) — For two decades Minnesota and Croatia have been involved in the National Guard State Partnership Program allowing for cooperation and a mutual assistance between the Minnesota National Guard and the Croatian Military. This year a group of about 30 Soldiers and Airmen from across Minnesota will spend their Annual
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Movement complete, let the battle begin

June 8, 2016 (FORT IRWIN, California) — With the sun setting on a Kuwait-esque landscape on the evening of June 5, 2016, the preparation phase of what has been the two-year training focus for the Soldiers of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, drew to an end. With nearly 6,000 Soldiers on
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Minnesota Guardsman is Here to Serve

June 3, 2016 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — “It is the way she treats people. She has a certain demeanor about herself. Very approachable,” said Chief Master Sgt. Duke Lang, 133rd Medical Group Superintendent. As a young woman, Capt. Amy Nordquist started her journey in the Minnesota Air National Guard the same way that most Airmen
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Tribal consultations continue Camp Ripley on positive path for the future

May 31, 2016 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota) — Leaders from Camp Ripley met with tribal representatives for a nation-to-nation consultation meeting May 18, 2016, on the Bois Forte Reservation near Tower. “The purpose of our meeting was to discuss projects and developments of the Minnesota National Guard as it pertains to Section 106 of the National
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Minnesota Guardsman recognized for cultural influence and leadership

May 19, 2016 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — For his work to promote diversity and build community relationships, Minnesota National Guard Warrant Officer Candidate Alan Lee received the Federal Asian Pacific American Council’s Military Meritorious Service Award in Orlando, Fla., May 10, 2016. He was also recognized with a resolution in the Minnesota Senate and House
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Minnesota National Guard aviators respond to wildfires in northern Minnesota

May 18, 2016 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota) — Helicopter crews of the Minnesota National Guard joined firefighters May 6-9, 2016, in northern Minnesota to battle wildfires. In response to requests made by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources through the Minnesota Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Governor Mark Dayton authorized the use of four UH-60 Blackhawk
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133rd Airlift Wing Welcomes New Commander

May 13, 2016 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — During a change of command ceremony, April 16, 2016, at the 133rd Airlift Wing’s South Hangar, Col. Daniel E. Gabrielli took charge of the 133rd Airlift Wing from the outgoing commander, Col. James T. Johnson. The military tradition of passing the unit guidon from the outgoing commander to
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Planning and Execution: Keys to a Good Deployment

May 12, 2016 (OSAN AIR BASE, Korea) — In early April 2016, the 148th Fighter Wing deployed approximately 300 Airmen and about a dozen F-16’s to Osan Air Base, Korea as part of a Theater Security Package (TSP). TSP’s have been an integral part of the U.S. Pacific Air Command’s force posture since 2004. TSP
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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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