A year in the Guard: a new chapter for chief

Life in the military requires a significant commitment. At first, for those joining the National Guard, the classic “One weekend a month, two weeks a year” sounds simple and manageable enough. Over the years, though, those weekends add up. The annual training periods add up. Deployments have become almost inevitable, as well. If that gets
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Minnesota National Guard member celebrates Native American Heritage Month

Spc. Lula Lemieux, also as Mahnk Ska Jaing, embodies the spirit of resilience and cultural diversity within the Minnesota National Guard. At the age of 17, she enlisted as a human resource specialist because of the educational benefits the Minnesota National Guard provided. She also wanted to help educate Soldiers about their benefits. In a
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New Minnesota National Guard team supports members, families

When Army Maj. Gen. Shawn Manke was appointed Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard, he outlined three priorities, with “people” at the top of his list. The Minnesota National Guard views its people as the greatest strength and most valuable resource required to complete missions. Fast forward to August 2022 and the establishment of
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Continuation pay bonus available for Minnesota service members

“’Do you want more money?’ That’s what I ask Soldiers,” said Nick Hirdler, the interim incentives manager for the Minnesota National Guard. “The biggest thing is Soldier care; I am very passionate about that.” Hirdler, who also serves as a cook and culinary specialist with I Company, 134th Brigade Sustainment Battalion has been a part
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Reflecting on military family life during Month of the Military Family

As part of the Month of the Military Family observance in November, two Minnesota National Guard families shared their thoughts on life as a military family. The Trisco Family Air Force Master Sgt. Alyson Trisco and her husband, Air Force Master Sgt. Shane Trisco, have been serving in the military a combined total of 29
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Minnesota companies, organizations meet to support military connected employees 

Almost 100 individuals representing companies and organizations across Minnesota gathered at the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Fall Conference on Nov. 2, 2023 at Capital One in St. Cloud to connect, learn, and develop ways to support the state’s military community.  November is Month of the Military Family, and the conference theme was “Helping our Military
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Minnesota Cyber Team protects the web through partnerships

2023 ushered in a new era of modernization and partnership for the Minnesota National Guard’s 177th Cyber Protection Team, as they traveled across the globe to train with partners in other states and nations. These missions honed their proficiency in the cyber domain and took them to Italy, Germany, Slovenia, Tunisia, Morocco, and Norway.  “This has
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Putting on the miles

“I really didn’t run until I joined the Army when I was 17,” said Army Staff Sgt. Jennifer St. Amand, a recruiter with the Minnesota National Guard’s Recruiting and Retention Battalion. “I was in basic training and the drill sergeants made a big deal about it; it lit a fire in me to continue to
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The Minnesota National Guard to build fitness facility at Arden Hills Army Training Site

The Minnesota National Guard is receiving a brand-new facility to assist in their goal of keeping Soldiers in the Minnesota National Guard in peak condition with the help of the Army’s Holistic Health and Fitness program and professionals. According to the Army’s website,, Holistic Health and Fitness, known as H2F, is the Army’s new
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2023 legislative wins for Minnesota National Guard 

The 2023 state and federal legislative sessions can be described as a big win for the Minnesota Department of Military Affairs and the Minnesota National Guard.  The capital resulting from the sessions will fund a variety of projects to improve facilities, readiness, and equipment.  According to the Department of Military Affairs Executive Director, Don Kerr,
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Media Advisories

133rd Airlift Wing’s C-130 Hercules and Airmen Depart for Deployment

MEDIA ADVISORY: For Immediate ReleaseAugust 22, 2023 ST. PAUL, Minn. – More than 125 U.S. Air Force Airmen along with C-130 Hercules from theMinnesota National Guard’s 133rd Airlift Wing will deploy to the U.S. Africa Command area ofresponsibility this week. “It’s exciting to head off and perform our federal mission,” said U.S. Air Force Lt.
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Guard’s Family Day Supported by Minnesota Building and Construction Trades Council

MEDIA ADVISORY: For Immediate ReleaseJuly 21, 2023 SAINT PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Building and Construction Trades Council will supportthis Sunday’s annual 34th Red Bull Infantry Division’s Family Day.“We value our partnership with the Minnesota Building and Construction Trades Council,” saidArmy Maj. Gen. Charles Kemper, the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division’s Commander. “They aretremendous supporters
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Minnesota National Guard Members Mobilize in Support of United States SouthernCommand’s Counter Drug Mission

MEDIA ADVISORY: For Immediate ReleaseJuly 5, 2023 SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Tomorrow, Detachment 5, Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 245th Aviation Regiment will hold a departure ceremony before leaving on a nine-month deployment to Bogota, Columbia. “This enduring mission is an ongoing cooperative effort between the United States, Colombia, and other South American countries,” said Chief
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Minnesota National Guard’s 148th Fighter Wing Unveils 75th Anniversary Heritage Jet

MEDIA ADVISORY: For Immediate ReleaseJune 26, 2023 DULUTH, Minn. Yesterday, the Duluth-based 148th Fighter Wing unveiled its 75th Anniversary Heritage F-16 Fighting Falcon to Airmen drilling this weekend. “In honor of this milestone, the heritage jet was designed and painted to reflect our unique history,” said 148th Fighter Wing Commander, Col. Nate Aysta. The 148th
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Guard Units Improve Readiness through Helping Communities in Need

MEDIA ADVISORY: For Immediate ReleaseJune 6, 2023 OWYHEE, Nev. – From May 13th to 24th, 27 members from the 133rd Medical Group participated in Operation Nimiipuu Health, providing free medical, dental, and optometry care to the Nez Pierce Tribe in Lapwai, Idaho and the Shoshone-Paiute Tribe, located eight hours south in Owyhee, Nevada. “The Innovative
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