Red Bulls take command of Minnesota National Guard Operation Safety Net efforts

By Blair Heusdens | April 17, 2021 | Comments Off on 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

By Blair Heusdens | April 13, 2021 | Comments Off on 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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133rd Phoenix Raven team supports world-wide missions

By Blair Heusdens | April 6, 2021 | Comments Off on 133rd Phoenix Raven team supports world-wide missions

April 6, 2021 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — As a kid, U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Andrew Dotas described how he could never have imagined being part of a program like the Phoenix Raven. Dotas values the incredible experiences he has had being part of the 133rd Airlift Wing’s Phoenix Raven team. Dotas’ enthusiasm for the
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Father, daughter serve together in Minnesota National Guard

By Blair Heusdens | April 5, 2021 | Comments Off on Father, daughter serve together in Minnesota National Guard

April 5, 2021 (Camp Ripley, Minnesota) — For one family, serving in the Minnesota National Guard is a tradition.Chief Warrant Officer Three Dana Schiller is nearing the end of his 30-year career as his 18-year-olddaughter, Pvt. Sara Schiller, begins her own journey. The Schillers’ both express pride in serving and an appreciation for life and
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A Leadership First for Women in the 175th RTI

By Blair Heusdens | March 31, 2021 | Comments Off on A Leadership First for Women in the 175th RTI

March 31, 2021 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota) — Lt. Col. Amber Manke assumed command of 1st Battalion, 175th Regiment, Regional Training Institute, March 20, 2021 on Camp Ripley. The inspirational observance of her change of command brought to light a fact that for the first time in regimental history, three women are leading each of the
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Minnesota National Guard marks one year since first COVID-19 support mission

By Blair Heusdens | March 16, 2021 | Comments Off on Minnesota National Guard marks one year since first COVID-19 support mission

March 18, 2021 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) – One year ago today, the Minnesota National Guard conducted its first mission to support the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the year since, the Minnesota National Guard has participated in one of the longest state responses in its history, one that is still ongoing. On March
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Aviation Support Battalion recognized for safety efforts

By Blair Heusdens | March 16, 2021 | Comments Off on Aviation Support Battalion recognized for safety efforts

March 16, 2021 (ARDEN HILLS, Minnesota) — The 834th Aviation Support Battalion received the 2020 Army Exceptional Organization Safety Award for the battalion level, March 14, 2021, at the Benjamin Franklin Readiness Center in Arden Hills, Minnesota. The battalion was chosen out of seven other nominees by a panel of safety experts and approved by
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Minnesota Soldier Prepares for Deployment, Looks Back on Career

By Blair Heusdens | March 12, 2021 | Comments Off on Minnesota Soldier Prepares for Deployment, Looks Back on Career

March 12, 2021 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota) —Sgt. First Class Erin Tilford has served with the Minnesota National Guard for 12 years as a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Specialist with the 434th Chemical Company based in Hastings, Minnesota. Tilford, originally from Dover, Minnesota, is gearing up to deploy with her unit later this year.
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Task Force 1-194 Soldier Runs With The Torch

By Blair Heusdens | March 10, 2021 | Comments Off on Task Force 1-194 Soldier Runs With The Torch

March 10, 2021 (FORT BLISS, Texas) — Spc. Becca Strangstalien of Baxter, Minnesota, graduated from Advanced Individual Training as a unit supply specialist less than seven months ago. In the short amount of time that she has been back, she’s found herself preparing to deploy and carrying out the duties of a non-commissioned officer as
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Learning to Lead

By Blair Heusdens | March 2, 2021 | Comments Off on Learning to Lead

March 2, 2021 (ARDEN HILLS, Minnesota) — The strength of any force is due in part to the strength of its leadership. In the Minnesota National Guard, a growing population of its force and leadership are women. While some serve full-time as service members, some juggle their responsibilities as non-commissioned officers (NCOs) and officers with
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