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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National Guard Employers Key to Unit Success

Jan. 14, 2019 (DULUTH, Minnesota) — The 148th Fighter Wing of Duluth, Minnesota, partnered with the 185th Air Refueling Wing of Sioux City, Iowa, and Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve for their ‘Boss Lift’ event held in appreciation and recognition of employers of the unit’s members. The Boss Lift is intended to foster
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Media Advisories

Minnesota Air National Guard to Induct Service Members into 2023 Flight of Honor

MEDIA ADVISORY: For Immediate ReleaseOct. 16, 2023 Saint Paul, Minn. – The Minnesota National Guard will honor eight individuals by induction intothe 2023 Court of Honor at a ceremony held at the 133rd Airlift Wing, located at theMinneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport. “The Flight of Honor celebrates the very best of the people in our organization,”
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Minnesota National Guard’s 133rd Airlift Wing Selected for New Aircraft

MEDIA ADVISORY: For Immediate ReleaseSept 14, 2023 St Paul, Minn. – Minnesota National Guard’s 133rd Airlift Wing, located at Minneapolis/St.Paul International Airport was selected to receive eight, new C-130J Super Hercules aircraft aspart of the Air National Guard’s C-130J Recapitalization and Basing program. “As Governor, I’ve always fought to ensure the Minnesota National Guard has
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Camp Ripley Welcomes Public for 2023 Open House

MEDIA ADVISORY: For Immediate ReleaseSept 13, 2023 LITTLE FALLS, Minn. – This Sunday, Camp Ripley welcomes the public for their 2023 OpenHouse, which allows the public to interact with the employees, service members, and families ofthe Minnesota National Guard during this biennial event. “Camp Ripley is a staple of our State, and we could not
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133rd Airlift Wing Gains New Senior Enlisted Advisor

MEDIA ADVISORY: For Immediate ReleaseSeptember 8, 2023 ST. PAUL, Minn. –U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Richard Schumacher will assumeresponsibility as the senior enlisted advisor for the 133rd Airlift Wing from Chief Master Sgt.Mark Legvold on Saturday. “Chief Legvold served as an excellent voice of the enlisted force during an unprecedented timefor the 133rd Airlift
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Minnesota’s State Fair Military Appreciation Day; Honoring Vietnam Veterans

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:Aug. 25, 2023 FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. – The Minnesota State Fair’s 12th Military Appreciation Daytakes place Tuesday, and this year’s theme is Honoring Vietnam Veterans. “Today, we want to honor our nation’s Vietnam Veterans. There are more than 5.8 millionVietnam Veterans living in America and 97,000 living in Minnesota,” said Army Maj. Gen.Shawn
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