Minnesota National Guard officer reflects on Black History Month

Posted on February 10th, 2021 by Blair Heusdens

February 10, 2021 (ARDEN HILLS, Minnesota) — Growing up, Capt. Takeisha Hunt was not afraid to set lofty goals. She wanted to be the first in her family to graduate college, and she wanted to join the military. In 2011, she crossed the first one off the list after graduating from college. Less than a
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St. Cloud-based aviation unit honored prior to deployment

Posted on February 8th, 2021 by Blair Heusdens

February 8, 2021 (ST. CLOUD, Minnesota) — Soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard’s St. Cloud-based B Company, 1-171st General Support Aviation Battalion participated in a deployment ceremony, February 8, 2021, prior to departing for a nine-month deployment in support of Operation Spartan Shield and Operation Inherent Resolve. “Your unit is the most valuable asset to
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Deployment to Africa helps first-generation American understand family’s sacrifice

Posted on February 5th, 2021 by Blair Heusdens

February 5, 2021 (DJIBOUTI) — Abdirahman Abdalla was around seven years old when he went to his mother’s first-cousin’s wedding in Rochester, Minnesota. It was a sunny July day, and around 30-40 close family and friends gathered in his cousin’s home to celebrate the union. Clad in whites and creams with reddish-orange stripes, men wore
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St. Cloud-based aviators to deploy Monday

Posted on February 5th, 2021 by Blair Heusdens

February 5, 2021 (ST. CLOUD, Minnesota) — Approximately 60 Soldiers from the B Company, 1st General Support Aviation Battalion, 171st Aviation Regiment based in St. Cloud, Minnesota, will deploy to Kuwait and Iraq for a nine-month mission in support of Operation Inherent Resolve and Operation Spartan Shield. While deployed, the Soldiers will provide aerial movement
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Minnesota National Guard supports state vaccination efforts

Posted on February 3rd, 2021 by Blair Heusdens

February 3, 2021 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — The Minnesota National Guard supported the State of Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Health by providing assistance at 10 community vaccination sites across the state of Minnesota during the last two weeks of January. More than 100 Soldiers and Airmen participated in the vaccination process by providing
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Minnesota National Guard stands up new logistics units

Posted on January 30th, 2021 by Blair Heusdens

January 30, 2021 (BLOOMINGTON, Minnesota) — The lifeblood of the U.S. Army and its remarkable capacity to successfully accomplish a wide range of global missions remains its swift and coordinated control and execution of logistics functions. Without bullets, water and fuel, Soldiers can only accomplish so much. And, of course, for sustained operations, food, shelter
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Renewable energy initiatives result in savings for Minnesota National Guard

Posted on January 29th, 2021 by Blair Heusdens

January 29, 2021 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — According to an old Scottish proverb, the best-laid plans often go awry. Fortunately that saying does not apply to the Minnesota National Guard’s 30 year plan for sustainability. The initiative was developed in March 2015 in response to President Barack Obama’s Executive Order 13693, “Planning for Federal Sustainability
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Aviation headquarters transitions to new location

Posted on January 28th, 2021 by Blair Heusdens

January 28, 2021 (INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minnesota) — Soldiers with the 34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade (34th ECAB) are transitioning their headquarters unit from the Army Aviation Support Facility #1 (AASF#1) in St. Paul, Minnesota, to the Inver Grove Heights armory as part of a longstanding plan to move the unit into a more functional building.
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State bonding funds will aid in renovations to four Minnesota armories

Posted on January 27th, 2021 by Blair Heusdens

January 27, 2021 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — Minnesota’s 2020 Bonding Bill, passed by the State Legislature and signed into law by Governor Walz in October 2020, included nearly $12 million for the Minnesota Department of Military Affairs. The funding is for renovations to four Minnesota armories to improve functionality, better accommodate the units assigned and
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