Task Force 1-194 Soldier Runs With The Torch

Posted on March 10th, 2021 by Blair Heusdens

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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More than 1,000 Minnesota Guardsmen to deploy to the Middle East

Posted on March 3rd, 2021 by Blair Heusdens

March 3, 2021 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota) — Approximately 1,100 Soldiers from Task Force 1-194 are preparing to deploy to the Middle East for a nine-month mission in support of Operation Spartan Shield. While deployed, the Soldiers will mobilize and resume responsibilities within the CENTCOM Area of Operations assuming the Operation Spartan Shield response force mission.
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Learning to Lead

Posted on March 2nd, 2021 by Blair Heusdens

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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Minnesota National Guard celebrates Black History Month

Posted on February 28th, 2021 by Blair Heusdens

February 28, 2021 (ARDEN HILLS, Minnesota) — The Minnesota National Guard’s African American/Black Heritage special emphasis council hosted a Black History Month panel, February 26, 2021, at the 34th Infantry Division Headquarters in Arden Hills, Minnesota. The panel featured six current and former members of the Minnesota National Guard, representing officer and enlisted, male and
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Minnesota National Guard vaccinates recruiters to help keep schools safe

Posted on February 26th, 2021 by Blair Heusdens

February 26, 2021 (MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota) — Minnesota National Guard recruiters play an important role in their communities, volunteering with local organizations and working in local schools. As the COVID-19 pandemic has progressed, the Minnesota National Guard continues to find creative solutions to remain connected to Minnesota’s youth and communities. “Our recruiters are active in Minnesota
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Recruiting for Tomorrow

Posted on February 25th, 2021 by Blair Heusdens

February 25, 2021 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — Air Force Master Sgt. Rodney Gattis grew up in California, served on Active Duty, and found his way to the Minnesota National Guard five years ago where he now serves as the Recruiting Flight Chief for the 133rd Airlift Wing. Although many members of the Minnesota National Guard
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Minnesota Guard Biathlon Team Favorite for Championship Win

Posted on February 24th, 2021 by Blair Heusdens

February 24, 2021 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota) — Several members of the Minnesota National Guard Biathlon Team are competing in the 15 kilometer Patrol Race Feb. 25, 2021at 10:00 a.m. on Camp Ripley’s biathlon course. Teams consisting of three shooters and a patrol leader ski a 15K course as a group with each member shooting from
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Soldier finds opportunity, builds relationships in Minnesota National Guard

Posted on February 22nd, 2021 by Blair Heusdens

February 22, 2021 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota) — Minnesota National Guard strives to be a diverse organization. For one Soldier, the diversity surrounding him is his favorite part about serving as an Automated Logistics Specialist with G Company, 134th Brigade Support Battalion at Camp Ripley’s Consolidated Maintenance Activity-South. “People had their established relationships,” said Spc. Romeo
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133AW Celebrates Golden Jubilee of the C-130

Posted on February 18th, 2021 by Blair Heusdens

February 18, 2021 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — Sunday marks the 50-year anniversary of the C-130A Hercules flying mission at the Minnesota National Guard’s 133rd Airlift Wing in St. Paul, Minn. The Wing’s first mission flight was “wheels up” on Feb. 21, 1971. Over the last 50 years the Wing has received three updated models of
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