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

Minnesota National Guard activated for Red River flood response

April 8, 2020 (OSLO, Minnesota) — Governor Tim Walz signed Executive Order 20-30 Tuesday, activating the Minnesota Army National Guard to provide assistance for spring flooding in Marshall County. On Wednesday, nearly 20 Soldiers from the Moorhead-based 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry will mobilize to Oslo, Minnesota, to assist with monitoring levees and flood
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Camp Ripley Begins Prescribed Burns April 7 to Reduce Risk of Wildfire

April 6, 2020 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minn.) – Every spring Camp Ripley begins its annual controlled burn program to help reduce the risk of wild fire during training. This year, despite training events being rescheduled due to COVID-19 concerns, the Camp Ripley team will continue as planned. Unlike this previous year where Camp Ripley conducted controlled
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Governor Walz isues Executive Order 20-13 authorizing National Guard assistance to COVID-19 response

March 21, 2020 (ST. PAUL, Minn.) — Governor Tim Walz today signed Executive Order 20-13, which authorizes the Minnesota National Guard to both transport personal protective equipment (PPE) in storage at Camp Ripley to the Minnesota Department of Health warehouse in Saint Paul and also assist with planning and coordination of PPE supply delivery through
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Minnesota National Guard initiating flexible alternatives for weekend training

March 20, 2020 (ST. PAUL, Minn.) – The Minnesota National Guard is offering flexible alternatives for upcoming training weekends in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We are an operational force, and must continue to train in order to be ready to conduct our state mission if called on to support during this pandemic,” said Maj.
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133rd Airlift Wing to Welcome Home more than 100 deployed Airmen this week

March 3, 2020 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — More than 100 U.S. Air Force Airmen and four C-130 Hercules aircraft from the Minnesota Air National Guard’s 133rd Airlift Wing will be returning home Wednesday and Friday from a six month deployment to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. During the course of their time overseas,
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