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34th Infantry Division to Regain an Artillery Headquarters

By Blair Heusdens | May 22, 2020 | Comments Off on 34th Infantry Division to Regain an Artillery Headquarters

May 23, 2020 (ROSEMOUNT, Minnesota) — The Director of the Army National Guard, Lt. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, announced on April 29 the newest Division Artillery (DIVARTY) headquarters will be assigned to the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division. Re-activation for the 34th DIVARTY is scheduled for the fall of 2022. Minnesota was not the only
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Safety Day Event Promotes Teamwork Even In Isolation

By Blair Heusdens | May 22, 2020 | Comments Off on Safety Day Event Promotes Teamwork Even In Isolation

May 22, 2020 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota) – Minnesota National Guard personnel and employees of Camp Ripley took part in an annual Safety Day event May 20, 2020, demonstrating the commitment to overall health and safety of the workforce. This year, amid restriction due to the COVID-19 pandemic, National Guard members as well as state and
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A Century Ago: 1918 Flu Took Red Bulls Before the Fight

By Blair Heusdens | May 21, 2020 | Comments Off on A Century Ago: 1918 Flu Took Red Bulls Before the Fight

May 21, 2020 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — As the world battles the impact of the COVID-19 virus, a century ago a different pandemic spread globally, impacting Minnesota Soldiers who were preparing to go to war. Some say it started in Kansas. Infected farm boys became soldiers. The virus easily spread in the close quarters of
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Minnesota Guardsman, first responder, remains vigilant amid COVID-19 pandemic

By Blair Heusdens | May 20, 2020 | Comments Off on Minnesota Guardsman, first responder, remains vigilant amid COVID-19 pandemic

May 20, 2020 (MINNEAPOLIS) — As COVID-19 continues to make its presence felt throughout the state, some traditional Minnesota National Guard members are serving on the medical frontlines. Sgt. David Reker of the 204th Area Support Medical Company is one of those soldiers. As a medical instrument technician in the cardiology department at the Minneapolis
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Camp Ripley welcomes customers, promotes COVID-19 safety measures

By Blair Heusdens | May 19, 2020 | Comments Off on Camp Ripley welcomes customers, promotes COVID-19 safety measures

May 19, 2020 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota) – During the past few months of the COVID-19 pandemic it may have appeared that Camp Ripley’s 53,000-acre National Guard training facility was closed for business, the reality is that department teams and staff have been working constantly to help customers arrange their schedules, training plans and mission requirements
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Minnesota Guardsman welcomes son into officer ranks

By Blair Heusdens | May 15, 2020 | Comments Off on Minnesota Guardsman welcomes son into officer ranks

May 15, 2020 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — Brig. Gen. Shawn Manke, Assistant Division Commander of Operations for the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, recently had the opportunity to participate in the commissioning ceremony of his son, Lucas, which was held virtually in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In these times of socially-distanced meetings, workplaces and
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Minnesota Guardsmen continue to prepare for deployment amid COVID-19 restrictions

By Blair Heusdens | April 28, 2020 | Comments Off on Minnesota Guardsmen continue to prepare for deployment amid COVID-19 restrictions

April 28, 2020 (MANKATO, Minnesota) — Approximately 700 Soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard’s Mankato-based 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry are training and preparing for deployment to the Horn of Africa later this summer. “The health and well-being of each of our soldiers and their families is very important,” said Lt. Col. Chip Rankin, commander of
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Minnesota Army National Guard continues to recruit Soldiers

By Blair Heusdens | April 24, 2020 | Comments Off on Minnesota Army National Guard continues to recruit Soldiers

April 24, 2020 (MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota) — The Minnesota Army National Guard is still recruiting, just in a different way. Like many organizations and businesses, the Minnesota National Guard has had to adapt during the global pandemic. We are committed to remaining a strong and ready force, and that means we are still looking for qualified
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Once in the Service, Always Ready to Serve

By Blair Heusdens | April 21, 2020 | Comments Off on Once in the Service, Always Ready to Serve

April 21, 2020 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — While the fight against COVID-19 requires each individual to do their part by social distancing and taking other precautionary measures, it also takes unwavering leadership when faced with difficult decisions. This is something that sets the state of Minnesota apart from the rest. Some of our most engaged
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148th Fighter Wing Airmen graduate basic training amid COVID-19 pandemic

By Blair Heusdens | April 20, 2020 | Comments Off on 148th Fighter Wing Airmen graduate basic training amid COVID-19 pandemic

April 20, 2020 (DULUTH, Minnesota) — On April 9, 2020, 1400 trainees graduated from Air Force Basic Military Training (BMT) at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas; all wearing masks amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.  Of the 1400, three were Bulldogs of the 148th Fighter Wing. Airman 1st Class David Cornelius, Airman 1st Class Ivy Grochowski, and Airman 1st Class Sebastian
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