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A first of its kind, Adriatic Thunder

June 16, 2021 (ZAGREB, Croatia) — Soldiers and Airmen from the Minnesota National Guard and Iowa National Guard came together to conduct the Midwest Croatia Kosovo Exercise Adriatic Thunder with the Kosovo Security Forces and Croatian Armed Forces in Zagreb, Croatia, to show their ability to work across nations on critical mission systems, June 5-19,
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Camp Ripley Ammunitions Supply Point receives above average rating in recent inspection

June 4, 2021 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota) – An ammunition review team from the Defense Ammunition Center recently visited Camp Ripley to conduct a Department of the Army inspection of the Ammunition Supply Point. During the three-day inspection, the team determined that Camp Ripley is above the average in compliance for the National Guard. Camp Ripley
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Pride feature: Sgt. Eli Bevis

June 3, 2021 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — Sgt. Eli Bevis knew that he wanted to join the Army at a young age and he knew he wanted to join as a combat medic. In 2014, he enlisted into the Minnesota National Guard. Bevis is currently on his first overseas deployment with Headquarters and Headquarters Company,
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Minnesota Army National Guard Military Funeral Honors surpasses 50,000 funerals supported

May 29, 2021 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — Despite a brief slowdown of operations due to COVID-19 last year, the Minnesota Army National Guard’s military funeral honors program saw a significant milestone in March of this year, surpassing 50,000 funerals supported. The Minnesota National Guard Military Funeral Honors program began in 2004 and conducted approximately 300
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Minnesota National Guard breaks ground on new facilities in New Ulm

May 20, 2021 (NEW ULM, Minnesota) — The Minnesota National Guard broke ground today on a nearly $30 million construction project in New Ulm to build a new Field Maintenance Shop and a new Readiness Center over the next four years. The coordination and vision for the project began a decade ago between the city
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A monument built from kindness, compassion and empathy

May 19, 2021 (KIMBALL, Minnesota) — The official dedication of the Minnesota Army National Guard Fallen Soldiers Memorial took place May 16, 2021, in Kimball, Minnesota, to honor three Minnesota National Guard Soldiers who were killed Dec. 5, 2019, when a Black Hawk helicopter crashed during a maintenance test flight. Chief Warrant Officer 2 James
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Minnesota National Guard family embraces service

April 30, 2021 (CAMP RIPLEY, MINNESOTA) – Each April, Americans recognize and honor the more than 2 million military children during the Month of the Military Child. For one Minnesota National Guard family, balancing a deployment, State Active Duty and four kids is taxing. “It’s challenging, especially with a dual military family,” said Capt. Angela
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Airmen First

April 28, 2021 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — As the verdict in the former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin trial was announced, U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 133rd Airlift Wing were staged and ready to secure the Minneapolis Convention Center. The Airmen were just 50 pieces to a 3,000-piece puzzle, activated to support Operation Safety
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Red Bulls take command of Minnesota National Guard Operation Safety Net efforts

April 17, 2021 (ARDEN HILLS, Minnesota) – The Minnesota National Guard Joint Force Headquarters has transferred control of the Minnesota National Guard’s security efforts for Operation Safety Net to the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division. Operation Safety Net is the public safety response to protect lives and property and ensure the ability for people to
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Minnesotans, And Croatians, Take On The 2021 Best Warrior Competition

April 13, 2021 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota) — The Minnesota National Guard held the 2021 Best Warrior Competition on a rainy and windy weekend at Camp Ripley recently. After three days of intense competition among 14 Soldiers, Pfc. Ethan Buckner and Cpl. Jakob Ellingson were declared Soldier and Non-Commissioned Officer of the year, respectively. The competition
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Minnesota National Guard to welcome new senior enlisted leader

September 5, 2019 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) – The Minnesota National Guard will welcome a new senior enlisted leader during a change of responsibility ceremony Saturday, September 7, in St. Paul. Command Sgt. Maj. Brian Soper will take over for Command Sgt. Maj. Douglas Wortham who held the position for five years and is retiring after
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Clyborne to be promoted as Minnesota National Guard first female two-star general

September 5, 2019 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) – Brig. Gen. Johanna Clyborne will be promoted to the rank of major general during a promotion ceremony Saturday, September 7, in St. Paul. Clyborne, who currently serves as the Deputy Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard, is a partner at the Shakopee-based law firm Brekke, Clyborne &
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Women’s Leadership Forum to highlight leadership and inclusivity in the Minnesota National Guard

September 5, 2019 (RICHFIELD, Minnesota) — The Minnesota National Guard will host its 5th annual Women’s Leadership Forum Saturday, September 7, at the Best Buy Corporate Headquarters in Richfield. The goal of the event is to empower female leaders within the organization, as well as to provide education to all Guardsmen who lead and mentor
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Military families to be honored during Military Appreciation Day at the MN State Fair

August 23, 2019 (Falcon Heights, Minn.) – The Minnesota State Fair’s ninth annual Military Appreciation Day will take place Tuesday, August 27, and provide an educational opportunity for all fairgoers to learn about Minnesota’s military community. This year’s theme is honoring Minnesota’s Military Families. “The Minnesota State Fair is a great opportunity to bring our
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Minnesota National Guard to conduct massive rail movement from Camp Ripley for upcoming training exercise

July 15, 2019 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota) — Over 1,700 pieces of military equipment from the Minnesota National Guard will be loaded onto rail cars for movement from Camp Ripley, July 13-26, 2019. Soldiers of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, mostly from Minnesota, along with supporting units, are moving their equipment in
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