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Red Bulls support NATO partners in France’s largest military exercise in decades

MAILLY-LE-CAMP, France — Nearly 60 Minnesota National Guard Soldiers of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, including members of the division’s 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, performed battlefield command operations out of Camp de Mailly, here throughout the last two weeks of April  in support of a NATO exercise. Red Bulls participated in the fourth
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Camp Ripley continues to evolve

The Camp Ripley Training Center will celebrate 91 years of service to state and federal military personnel as well as its state partners. Since it swung open its gates in 1931, the fifth largest and third busiest National Guard training site continues to evolve as the Unites States military modernizes. In 2022-2023 Minnesota National Guard
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Supporting Military Children

Parenthood is hard. Being a parent in the military adds a new layer of challenges. April is the Month of the Military Child, created by former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger in 1986. The month recognizes the contributions and sacrifices of the children as they support their military parents. According to Molly Holm, 133rd Airlift Wing’s
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Month of the Military Child: American Red Cross and Military Kids Club Programs come together to make a difference in Northern Minnesota

April is Month of the Military Child, a time to honor and recognize the sacrifices made by military families and their children. In the communities surrounding Duluth, the Minnesota National Guard, 148th Fighter Wing and local organizations are working together to support military children and their families. The saying goes that, ‘it takes a village,’
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Building Relationship: The Key to Success

Building relationships with organizations outside of your own can be challenging, but it is an important step in reaching a common goal. For four days, nine Production Assistance Team (PAT) members started building the foundation of a new relationship with three organizations at the 133rd Airlift Wing. The nine members are subject matter experts in
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Minnesota National Guard, Canada partner for Exercise Sure Shot

The 2nd Assault Helicopter Battalion, 147th Aviation Regiment partnered with the Canadian Army Reserve from the Lake Superior Scottish Regiment, known as the LSSR and Sailors from His Majesty’s Canadian Ship – Griffin, known as the HMCS Griffin during exercise Sure Shot over March 2023. Exercise Sure Shot, has been an opportunity for the Minnesota
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NATO Partners Compete in the Minnesota Army National Guard’s Best Warrior Competition

On a cool, crisp, snow-covered day, Minnesota National Guard competitors welcomed Croatian and Canadian Armed Forces members to find this year’s best noncommissioned officer and Soldier during the 2023 Best Warrior Competition hosted at Camp Ripley. According to the National Defense University, to counter strategic competition with Russia it takes strategic alliances and cooperation with
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Minnesota companies, organizations gather to support state’s military community

Nearly 150 people, representing 47 companies and organizations across Minnesota, attended the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon spring conference April 13 at Allianz Life headquarters in Minneapolis to share best practices in supporting military veterans, service members, and their families. “Beyond the Yellow Ribbon companies play a vital role in enabling our servicemembers and their families
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Minnesota Families, Soldiers reintegrate after Middle East deployment

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Around 80 members of the Minnesota National Guard’s Task Force Victory, made up of Soldiers of the Brooklyn Park-based 347th Regional Support Group and their families, gathered at Bethel University in Saint Paul to attend a reintegration event hosted by the Yellow Ribbon Program April 1, 2023. The recently returned troops
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148th Fighter Wing Recertifies VPP Star Status

On April 30, 2008, the 148th Fighter Wing became the first unit in the Air Force to receive recognition as an Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star Worksite. Recently, the Wing received notification it has been officially recertified as an OSHA VPP Star Worksite effective February 15, 2023. The recertification
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Minnesota Guardsmen activated for flood response in Norman County

April 19, 2019 (HALSTAD, Minnesota) — Today 14 soldiers from 1st Battalion, 151st Field Artillery moved into Halstad in Norman County to support civil authorities in flood response. The Minnesota National Guard remains activated in northwestern Minnesota in response to flood waters after Governor Tim Walz signed an Emergency Executive Order last week. Additionally, 17
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Minnesota National Guard activated for flood response

April 13, 2019 (OSLO, Minnesota) — The Minnesota Army National Guard is activated in northern Minnesota in response to flood waters after Governor Tim Walz signed an Emergency Executive Order last night. Just before midnight on Friday, April 12, 35 Soldiers of the 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry, reported to Moorhead to prepare for
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Minnesota National Guard activated for winter storms

April 12, 2019 (AUSTIN, Minnesota) — On Thursday, April 11, the Minnesota Army National Guard was activated in southern Minnesota in response to winter storms as Governor Tim Walz signed an Emergency Executive Order. Thursday, April 11 at 6 p.m., Soldiers of the 224th Transportation Company in Austin were activated.  Throughout the evening Soldiers arrived,
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Minnesota National Guard celebrates military children in the month of April

March 31, 2019 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) – The Minnesota National Guard recognizes April 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. A celebration to honor Military Children in Minnesota will take place April 12, 2019, at
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Arden Hills-based Minnesota National Guardsmen to deploy to Southwest Asia

Jan. 17, 2019 (ARDEN HILLS, Minnesota) — Twenty five Soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard’s Arden Hills-based 247th Financial Management Support Detachment will deploy Saturday to several installations throughout Southwest Asia in support of Operation Spartan Shield. “As a parent and a Soldier, I understand that being away from family and loved ones for this
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