Year in Review Part 1 of 3: Soldiers and Airmen key to Minnesota National Guard’s state and federal missions

Posted on December 8th, 2020 by Blair Heusdens

December 8, 2020 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — The Minnesota National Guard has had a busy 2020, supporting federal deployments and an unprecedented number of state activations for COVID-19 response, civil unrest and even flood response. None of these missions would have been possible, however, without the readiness of Minnesota’s citizen-Soldiers and Airmen to respond at
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Minnesota Guardsmen find meaningful work in long-term care mission

Posted on December 7th, 2020 by Blair Heusdens

December 7, 2020 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — Soldiers and Airmen from the Minnesota National Guard are experiencing first-hand the impacts that COVID-19 is having on residents in long-term care and the staff who care for them as they find themselves stepping in to fill a staffing void for facilities in need across the state. “I
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Family Preparatory Academy Goes Virtual

Posted on December 6th, 2020 by Blair Heusdens

December 5, 2020 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — Soldiers and families from detachments of the 1-171 General Support Aviation Battalion, based at the Army Aviation Support Facility in St. Cloud, Minnesota, attended the Minnesota National Guard’s first completely-virtual Yellow Ribbon Family Preparatory Academy recently as the unit prepares for an upcoming deployment. As the COVID-19 pandemic
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34th Red Bull Infantry Division completes move to Arden Hills

Posted on November 21st, 2020 by Blair Heusdens

November 21, 2020 (ARDEN HILLS, Minnesota) – Soldiers from the Division Headquarters of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division conducted their first weekend of training at the newly-constructed General John W. Vessey Readiness Center in Arden Hills, Minnesota, November 21-22, 2020. “This facility will provide a significant benefit for our soldiers, enabling us to continue
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Minnesota National Guard ramps up COVID-19 support

Posted on November 16th, 2020 by Blair Heusdens

November 16, 2020 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) – More than 200 Soldiers and Airmen from the Minnesota National Guard have been activated to support the state’s COVID-19 response efforts. This number is expected to increase to over 400 by the end of the week. The Guardsmen will be focused on three specific areas – supporting nasal
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Leblanc family ties

Posted on November 12th, 2020 by Blair Heusdens

November 12, 2020 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota) — Service to the community, state and country runs deep in the LeBlanc family. So far, three generations of LeBlanc’s have worked at Camp Ripley fulltime, totaling over 70 years of service to this community. The tradition of serving goes all the way back to 1963 when the oldest
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Veteran Looks Down the Sights of Legacy and Brotherhood

Posted on November 10th, 2020 by Blair Heusdens

November 10, 2020 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota) – In March of 1970, Spc.4 Rick Hokenson was a part of a 90-man company that marched out of their firebase in South Vietnam in order to patrol an area known as the “Dog’s Head” near the Cambodian border. Richard Hokenson, of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, was assigned as a
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Governor Walz proclaims November Month of the Military Family

Posted on November 6th, 2020 by Blair Heusdens

November 6, 2020 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) -Governor Tim Walz proclaimed November as Month of the Military Family to salute and celebrate the extraordinary military families whose selfless service and sacrifice make our military the finest in the world. Military spouses, siblings, parents, and children personify the ideals of patriotism, pride, resilience, service above self, and
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148th Fighter Wing, a Family Tradition

Posted on November 4th, 2020 by Blair Heusdens

November 4, 2020 (DULUTH, Minnesota) — We’ve all heard the phrase “the Guard is a family”.  For Tech. Sgt. Kristianna Konietzko, a Training Technician in the Force Development Office, the phrase is quite literal.  Kristianna Konietzko, a Cloquet High School graduate, is the third-generation of her family to serve at the 148th Fighter Wing, Minnesota Air
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