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A silver-lining for deployed service member’s family

The Minnesota National Guard’s Army Staff Sgt. Spencer J. Caouette, who is currently deployed to the Middle East, serving as an operations non-commissioned officer in charge with the 347th Regional Support Group, and his wife back at home in Minnesota, Deirdre Caouette, are no strangers to life in the military. Having met in grade school,
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Prioritizing hearts: Respiratory Therapist Reflects on a Deployment of Firsts

In the spring of 2022, U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Nick Baker, 133rd Medical Group, deployed as a respiratory therapist on a Critical Care Air Transport Team (CCAT). “[As] the respiratory care practitioner, I manage the ventilator breathing for the patient, as well as assist the nurse and doctor en route to the next level
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Responding in Unison: Croatia and Minnesota National Guard partner in disaster response

Earthquakes, wildfires, floods, and pandemics. The disasters and emergencies of recent years have affected States and Nations alike. The global community’s increased focus on emergency preparedness and disaster management have strengthened the need to exchange best practices and broaden response plans. The Minnesota National Guard recently brought interagency partners from Minnesota’s Department of Public Safety
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Month of the Military Family: Guard families reflect on military life

Two Minnesota National Guard families shared their thoughts on life as a military family during Month of the Military Family. The Vogel Family Army Sgt. Maj. Joe Vogel serves with the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division personnel section and has 25 years of military service. His wife, Molly, is a Soldier & Family Readiness specialist.
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Minnesota military family adapts, endures Middle East deployment apart

Army Sgt. Mai Vue, a human resources specialist with the Minnesota National Guard’s 147th Human Resources Company, currently deployed to Kuwait, says even though they’re a half a world away, she is getting support and strength from her family. “They are assisting my spouse with my children since daycare is hard for my spouse and
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Honoring a Veterans 71-year journey home

Near midnight on a small airport tarmac in Bismarck, North Dakota, family, and tribal drums greeted the return of the remains of U.S. Army Pfc. Melvin Little Bear, a Korean War veteran who had been missing in action since February 13, 1951. Little Bear later died while in captivity at POW Camp 1 in Chansong,
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The Minnesota National Guard Welcomes a New Command Senior Enlisted Advisor

After more than three years of service as the Minnesota National Guard’s Command Senior Enlisted Leader, Command Sgt. Maj. Brian Soper handed over the reins to Minnesota Air National Guard State Command Chief Lisa Erikson during a ceremony in Saint Paul, Minn. on Nov. 10, 2022. “What I’ll miss most about being the command senior
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Birds of a feather: family members deploy together

Whether it is a fond memory or something one would rather not reminisce on – most siblings are connected by a string of family experiences. For three siblings at the Minnesota National Guard’s 148th Fighter Wing, the thread connecting them is a subdued camouflage in color and has taken them around the world. Tech. Sgt.
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Meet Minnesota National Guard’s Newest Brigadier General

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 Chief of Staff of the Minnesota
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Minnesota companies, organizations unite to support state’s military community

Minnesota companies, organizations unite to support state’s military community Seventy-one Minnesota companies and organizations attended the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon fall conference Nov. 3, 2022, in Eagan to share best practices in supporting military veterans, service members, and their families. “These companies or organizations have dedicated members who work to formalize best practices, resources, recognition,
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Media Advisories

Minnesota National Guard to Induct 11 Service Members into 2022 Flight of Honor

MEDIA ADVISORY: For Immediate ReleaseOctober 5, 2022 Minnesota Air National Guard to Induct 11 Service Members into 2022 Flight of HonorDULUTH, Minn. – Sunday, the Minnesota Air National Guard will honor 11 individuals byinduction into the 2022 Flight of Honor at a ceremony held at the 148th Fighter Wing, Duluth,Minn. “The Flight of Honor is
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Minnesota National Guard’s 55th Civil Support Team Participates with Partners in
Evaluation Exercise

MEDIA ADVISORY: For Immediate ReleaseSeptember 19, 2022Minnesota National Guard’s 55th Civil Support Team Participates with Partners inEvaluation Exercise ST. PAUL, Minn. – Tomorrow, Soldiers and Airmen with the Minnesota National Guard’s St.Paul-based 55th Civil Support Team (CST) will conduct an evaluated exercise with the StatePatrol and St. Paul Fire Department in a Minneapolis location. “The
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Military Appreciation Day at Minnesota’s State Fair; Honoring Employers of Military
Families

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:Aug. 26, 2022Military Appreciation Day at Minnesota’s State Fair; Honoring Employers of MilitaryFamilies FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. – The Minnesota State Fair’s eleventh Military Appreciation Daytakes place Tuesday, and this year’s theme is honoring employers of military families.“The Minnesota National Guard is a part-time job for more than 10,000 members. Our servicemembers and their
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Minnesota National Guard’s First Female General Officer Retires

MEDIA ADVISORY: For Immediate ReleaseAugust 22, 2022Minnesota National Guard’s First Female General Officer Retires ST PAUL, Minn. – Tomorrow, at a location in St. Paul, the Minnesota National Guard celebratesthe retirement of the first female general officer after she served more than 38 years for theorganization. “My greatest accomplishment in my 38 years career is
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Minnesota National Guard Gains New Yellow Ribbon Partner

MEDIA ADVISORY: For Immediate ReleaseJuly 19, 2022 MANKATO, Minn. – Tomorrow, the Minnesota National Guard will gain the Minnesota StateBuilding and Construction Trades Council as the 83rd yellow ribbon company since the inceptionof the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Program in 2008. “One of the Minnesota National Guard’s priorities is partnerships, and without a doubt, theMinnesota
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