Red Devil Rock Band Supports 34th Red Bull Infantry Division during AT

March 16, 2019 (CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait) – Army musicians with the Red Devil Rock Band, 34th Red Bull Infantry Division Band, got their opportunity to support service members in theater during St. Patrick’s Day weekend. The Red Devil Rock Band performed a show in support of service members based at Camp Arifjan during its annual
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Minnesota Guardsmen return to Minnesota after nine-month deployment to Kuwait

March 12, 2019 (ST. CLOUD, Minnesota) – Approximately 160 Soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard’s 851st Vertical Engineer Company returned March 12, 2019, from a nine-month deployment to Kuwait in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. While deployed, the Soldiers completed construction projects in support of military units in several countries to include Kuwait, Qatar, Jordan,
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Women Opened Doors in Minnesota National Guard

March 3, 2019 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — “The battlefront is no place for women to be,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Earl Kurtzweg, 125th Field Artillery, in 1976. “There are certain jobs girls say they can do, but they just can’t do … the battlefront is no place for women to be. Other countries in the
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No goal too big, no task too small

MARCH 1, 2019 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — Staff Sgt. Kayla Freeman, the assistant to the senior enlisted advisor for the Minnesota National Guard, has accomplished one of the most difficult goals in her military career, becoming a cavalry scout. Military occupational specialties in combat arms were closed to women prior to 2016. Freeman has always
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Minnesota Guardsmen participate in NOREX 46

February 26, 2019 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) –– Approximately 100 Soldiers and Airmen of the Minnesota National Guard returned from a two-week exercise in Norway recently, marking the 46th Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange (NOREX) since the first in 1974. The annual event is the longest-running military exchange partnership between any two nations.  The yearly exchange promotes
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Minnesota Guardsman receives national BEYA award

February 25, 2019 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — Chief Warrant Officer 3 Harry Ballard, an unmanned aircraft systems technician with the 334th Brigade Engineer Battalion, was awarded the Black Engineer of the Year Awards Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Conference Stars and Stripes Service Military Award in Washington D.C. in February 2019.  Ballard is a notable
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148th Fighter Wing pilot hits 4,000 Hour Milestone

February 15, 2019 (DULUTH, Minnesota) — Col. Bradley Jackson, 148th Fighter Wing Operations Group Commander hit a milestone, Jan. 16, 2019. Jackson achieved what most pilots only dream of, he logged 4,000 hours in an F-16. According to, only 51 pilots before him have accomplished this fete. Jackson enlisted with the 148FW right after
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U.S. Navy Divers Conduct Unique Training under Camp Ripley’s Frozen Lakes

February 14, 2019 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota) — U.S. Navy divers from the Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit Two are utilizing frozen lakes on Camp Ripley to conduct under ice training as part of their annual divers certification program Feb. 5-12, 2019. “This place is amazing, great support and just the right environment for what we
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46th U.S. – Norway Reciprocal Troop Exchange to come to Camp Ripley

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 5, 2019 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota) — The Minnesota National Guard will host over 100 members of the Norwegian Home Guard as part of a reciprocal troop exchange at Camp Ripley, Feb. 8-22, 2019. The exchange, in its 46th consecutive year, reinforces the positive working relationships between allied services and highlights the
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148th Fighter Wing to Hire 52 New Full-time Positions

Jan. 28, 2019 (DULUTH, Minnesota) — The 148th Fighter Wing is in the process of hiring 52 full-time maintenance and support positions. The vast majority of the positions will be maintenance related and should help the 148FW in complying with the order from former Defense Secretary James Mattis, requiring an 80 percent mission capability rate
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