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Minnesota Air National Guard’s 148th Fighter Wing to deploy F-16s to South Korea

March 31, 2016 (DULUTH, Minnesota) — Approximately twelve F-16s and 300 Airmen from the 148th Fighter Wing out of Duluth, Minn., are set to deploy to Osan Air Base, about 40 miles south of Seoul, South Korea, beginning the week of April 10, 2016. The Minnesota Air National Guard’s 148th Fighter Wing, an element of
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Local soldier, statesman and leader passes at 71

March 30, 2016 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota) — The funeral service and ceremony for Brig. Gen. (Retired) Gary E. LeBlanc will be held Friday, April 1, at Camp Ripley. LeBlanc, a former Camp Ripley garrison commander and assistant adjutant general for the state of Minnesota, passed away March 25 at the age of 71. A native
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Minnesota’s recruiting command finds success in diversity, inclusion

March 25, 2016 (MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota) — Minnesota is the 21st largest state in population, but the state has the 6th largest National Guard organization in the country. With more than 13,000 Soldiers and Airmen in communities throughout the state, recruiting and retaining the best individuals is important to ensuring the Minnesota National Guard remains always
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Military service provides travel, camaraderie for Minnesota Airman

March 24, 2016 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — Joining the military out of high school is often driven by different factors for a young person. Paying for college, adventure, world travel and even becoming a part of something bigger than yourself often play into the decision to raise your right hand and join. For Staff Sgt
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Minnesota and Alabama meet again 150 years after Gettysburg

GETTYSBURG, Penn- The Plum Run ravine would be an insignificant tributary to an unknown river in a small Pennsylvania market town were it not for the Battle of Gettysburg where the First Minnesota Infantry Regiment charged a vastly superior Confederate force, sacrificing themselves to save the Union line This bloody valley was the setting for
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Decade of change transforms Red Bulls

Everything changed on Sept. 11, 2001 and the 34th Infantry Division’s mission was no exception. The 34th Infantry Division was the first National Guard Division to transform to the Army’s modular and expeditionary Brigade Combat Team structure allowing greater flexibility in mission planning and the ability to specifically tailor the force to each individual mission.
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Media Advisories

Minnesota National Guard Leaders, Children Meet with First Lady Biden

MEDIA ADVISORY: For Immediate ReleaseNovember 28, 2022 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, First Lady Jill Biden met with two members from the MinnesotaNational Guard’s 133rd Airlift Wing and their children as part of her Joining Forces initiative tosupport military families. “This meeting was a wonderful opportunity for the First Lady to hear directly from Guardyouth,” said
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High School Hockey Team Experiences Team Building with the Military

MEDIA ADVISORY: For Immediate ReleaseNovember 18, 2022 LITTLE FALLS, Minn. – The Minnesota National Guard’s Camp Ripley is hosting the AppleValley Boys High School Hockey Team tonight and Saturday to build team cohesion andexperience various aspects of the National Guard. “Much like the military, in hockey, no single player is greater than the collective group,”
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Minnesota National Guard Selects First Air Guard Leader for Senior Enlisted Position

MEDIA ADVISORY: For Immediate ReleaseNov. 8, 2022 Minnesota National Guard Selects First Air Guard Leader for Senior Enlisted PositionST. PAUL, Minn. – Thursday, the Minnesota National Guard will conduct a ceremony thatappoints the first Air Guard leader in more than 166 years to the most senior enlisted position inthe Minnesota Guard. “I’m very proud to
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Minnesota National Guard Celebrates Opening of a Maintenance Facility in New Ulm

MEDIA ADVISORY: For Immediate ReleaseOctober 18, 2022 Minnesota National Guard Celebrates Opening of a Maintenance Facility in New UlmNEW ULM, Minn. – Thursday, the Minnesota National Guard is conducting a ribbon-cuttingceremony for a new maintenance facility in New Ulm, which provides advantages to the Guardand the community. “The new maintenance facility in New Ulm marks
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Meet Minnesota National Guard’s Newest Brigadier General

STORY: For Immediate ReleaseOctober 12, 2022 Chris Blomquist, the new Chief of Staff of the Minnesota Air National Guard, was promoted tobrigadier general during a ceremony at the 148th Fighter Wing, Duluth, Minnesota, in front offamily, military leaders, community leaders, and 148th Fighter Wing members on Saturday,September 10, 2022. “In your new role as the
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