Month of the Military Spouse: The Della Rossa family

Posted on May 22nd, 2024 by Sirrina Martinez

Being a military spouse can be a challenging role for many, even those who have also served in the armed forces. Air Force veteran Megan Della Rossa was a staff sergeant who served in various roles, including in maintenance data analysis, personnel, and retention. She was also a specialist in the Airman & Family Readiness
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Minnesota National Guard Soldier reflects on his service and heritage

Posted on May 14th, 2024 by Sirrina Martinez

Born in Busan, South Korea, Army Sgt. 1st Class Chad Escher moved to the United States at the age of 14 when he was adopted by the family of Jeri and Dwayne Escher. He was raised in Garden City, Minnesota, and enlisted into the active-duty Army in July of 1995 at the age of 20.
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55th CST and FBI conduct joint training on Prairie Island Indian Community 

Posted on May 14th, 2024 by Sirrina Martinez

In March, the Minnesota National Guard’s 55th Civil Support Team, or CST, conducted a joint field training exercise, or FTX, at the Prairie Island Indian Community with several agencies, including the Minneapolis FBI.  The scenario began with community members falling ill after a large funeral gathering. Local first responders treating the attendees noticed symptoms consistent
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Month of the Military Spouse: The Pearson family

Posted on May 10th, 2024 by Sirrina Martinez

Having a spouse serving in the military can be difficult for a family. But how about having two military spouses in a family? The Minnesota National Guard’s Air Force Master Sgt. Tyler Pearson and his spouse Air Force Master Sgt. Marina Pearson both serve with the Saint Paul-based 133rd Airlift Wing Maintenance Group. They recently
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Month of the Military Child: Minnesota families celebrate at Purple Up

Posted on April 30th, 2024 by Bob Brown

More than 1,200 military youth and their families attended the annual Purple Up celebration at Mall of America on April 19, 2024.   The event, hosted by Minnesota National Guard Child & Youth Program, was held in honor of Month of the Military Child, which is observed each year in April across the United States Department
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New program seeks childcare providers to assist military families 

Posted on April 28th, 2024 by Sirrina Martinez

Child care providers are needed for a new Department of Defense initiative designed to expand options for full-time military staff and active-duty service families while reducing their child care expenses.  Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood-PLUS, known as MCCYN-PLUS, has been introduced in more than a dozen states. It is a fee assistance program that
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Minnesota National Guard soldier competes in the Olympic trials

Posted on April 20th, 2024 by Sirrina Martinez

At the age of six, Sgt. Rich Carlson began his sports journey with wrestling. Over the years, he has competed in Freestyle, Greco-Roman and Folkstyle wrestling, eventually dedicating his time to the Greco-Roman style after graduating college. Several years of hard work and determination later, Carlson has found himself at Penn State University in State College,
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New Ulm community breaks ground for new Minnesota National Guard armory

Posted on April 18th, 2024 by Sirrina Martinez

The Minnesota National Guard and local community members broke ground today on the site of a new training facility in New Ulm, with construction scheduled to begin immediately and projected  to be completed in approximately 18 months. “The significance of this armory goes beyond its physical structure,” said Minnesota’s Adjutant General, Army Maj. Gen. Shawn
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Minnesota companies, communities unite to support military community 

Posted on April 16th, 2024 by Bob Brown

More than 120 representatives from Minnesota companies and communities gathered at the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon conference at Boston Scientific in Maple Grove on April 11, 2024. In the past, Beyond the Yellow Ribbon’s corporate and community networks held their own separate conferences. This was the first combined conference to connect all the networks and
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