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AN/ASQ-236 Modernizes Air National Guard and 148th Fighter Wing F-16 capabilities

Subject matter experts from Air Combat Command, Air Force Materiel Command, the Air National Guard, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Air Force Reserve Test Center (AATC) and 148th Fighter Wing gathered at the Duluth-based Air National Guard flying unit to exercise the end-to-end employment of the recently fielded AN/ASQ-236 Radar pod and create a
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National Guard leaders partake in multi-state Arctic event at Camp Ripley

CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. — In the Arctic, steel becomes brittle at -22 degrees Fahrenheit, continuous connectivity at the bandwidth needed for modern military operations is lagging, and more than 80 percent of Alaska communities are not connected to the road system. These challenges were among the many topics discussed at the National Guard Arctic Interest
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A Year in the Guard with Spc. Sow: Taking His Career to New Heights

Soldiers tend to learn a lot about themselves in the first few years of service. It is not uncommon for some to take a different path in their military career. That was the case for Spc. Ousmane Sow, a wheeled vehicle mechanic with the 34th Military Police Company who originally hails from Guinea-Conakry in Africa. 
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A Year in the Guard: Private begins her military career

For those that serve, the first year can be filled with some powerful emotions. Pride in volunteering for the challenge of service, fear of the unknown that awaits them at basic training, and uncertainty that we made the right decision.   For Army Pfc. Emmie Otto, a horizontal construction engineer who is starting her service with
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Modern-Day Minuteman Makes History: First Air National Guard Flight Nurse Receives Distinguished Flying Cross Medal

Maj. Katie Lunning made history as the first Air National Guard Flight Nurse to be presented the Distinguished Flying Cross Medal, in front of family, friends, and members of the 133 Airlift Wing in St. Paul, Minnesota, Jan 7. She was awarded the DFC for her actions as a Critical Care Air Transport Team (CCATT)
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Minnesota Army National Guard Court of Honor accepting applications for 2023

The Camp Ripley Memorialization Board is accepting nominations forpossible candidates to be inducted into the 2023 Minnesota Army NationalGuard Court of Honor Induction Program at Camp Ripley, MN. Please reference the attached documents: –Memorialization Regulation MNGR 1-33 (dtd 01 NOV 21)–Nomination Form (dtd 01 NOV 21) Nomination criterion as follows: a. Members of the Minnesota
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Minnesota Military Radio celebrates 12th year of partnership with Minnesota National Guard

For over 12 years, the Minnesota National Guard has had a unique outlet with which to communicate its stories of service to the communities of Minnesota. Since its inception, Minnesota Military Radio has been a product of partnership and community support.  In 2010, then-host of Twin Cities News Talk Drew Lee, approached former Air Force
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Minnesota National Guard looks back on 2022, ahead to 2023

The last year has been busy for Minnesota National Guard members. In 2022, more than 600 service members were federally activated and almost 300 more were activated for state missions such as flood support. “Soldiers and Airmen of the Minnesota National Guard live here, work here, and serve here,” said Army Col. Scott Rohweder, Minnesota
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AESA Radar modernizes Bulldog F-16s for the next generation of airpower

DULUTH, Minn. —  Nine Block 50 F-16CM Fighting Falcons from the 148th Fighter Wing received the new active electronical scanned array (AESA) radar that allows pilots to “find targets in the air and on the ground more easily,” said Maj. Michael Kuzmuk, Chief of Wing Weapons for the 148th Fighter Wing.  “The new AESA radars
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Beyond the Yellow Ribbon embarks on new chapter, looks to future

Minnesota’s Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program, known as BTYR, had a busy year in 2022, filled with events, activities, a new team, and plans for the future. Through its community and corporate partnerships, BTYR provides military veterans, service members, and their families in all branches a wide range of support, including deployment readiness, family assistance
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Media Advisories

Minnesota Power and Minn. National Guard to celebrate constructed solar array at Camp Ripley

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 6, 2017 CAMP RIPLEY, Minn.- Camp Ripley will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Minnesota Power and the Minnesota National Guard at 10:30 a.m. on April 13, 2017, at the solar array observation platform on Camp Ripley. “Solar energy jobs in Minnesota have grown 232 percent in just the last three years.
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Minnesota National Guard to celebrate opening of new facility in Stillwater

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 5, 2017 STILLWATER, Minn.- The Minnesota National Guard will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new readiness center at 350 Maryknoll Drive North in Stillwater, April 7, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. “The hard work and critical training that our Soldiers conduct here will have a lasting impact on the Stillwater community
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Month of the Military Child highlights the sacrifices of military kids

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 4, 2017 ST. PAUL, Minn.-The month of April is recognized as the Month of the Military Child. Throughout the month there will be several opportunities to highlight the contributions of these children whose sacrifices often go unnoticed. “Military children make enormous sacrifices so that their family members can serve,” said Maj.
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Monticello-based Soldiers to deploy to Guantanamo Bay

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 25, 2017 MONTICELLO, Minn. -More than 120 Soldiers from the Monticello-based 257th Military Police Company will be deploying to U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay in support of Joint Task Force Guantanamo. “Our unit is trained and ready to professionally carry out this very important mission,” said Capt. Jon Schliesing, commander of
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Major General Nash to Continue Service as Adjutant General of Minnesota

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 12, 2016 ST. PAUL, Minn.-After a successful appeal by Governor Mark Dayton to former National Guard Bureau Chief General Frank J. Grass, Major General Richard C. Nash will continue serving the state of Minnesota as Adjutant General until the state’s mandatory retirement, through October 31, 2017. Without Governor Dayton’s action, Major
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