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Forty-two years of service: Chief Thomas Galoff retires from Minnesota National Guard

June 13, 2022 (COTTAGE GROVE, Minnesota) — “As I look back when I started my career, I never imagined that I would become a CW5,” said Chief Warrant Officer Five Thomas Galoff, a native of Phillips, Wisconsin. “Well, part of that was when I started my career, there was not a CW5 [rank in the
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Pride in serving in Minnesota’s National Guard

June 2, 2022 (COTTAGE GROVE, Minn.) — “The Minnesota National Guard was the first organization where I felt comfortable enough to come out,” said Army Capt. Forrest Jennings, the basic branch recruiter, an armor officer, and advisor for the Minnesota National Guard’s LGBTQ+ diversity and inclusion council. Jennings began his service in Edmond, Oklahoma as
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Family readiness training prepares leaders, volunteers for next deployment

April 23, 2022 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minn.) — The Minnesota National Guard’s Family Readiness program hosted an Annual Training, known as a FRAT, at Camp Ripley, April 23, 2022.  “The purpose of the FRAT is to train commanders, their command teams, liaisons, and Soldier and Family Readiness Group volunteers on all aspects of establishing and maintaining
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Minnesota Guard members thrive through education benefits

March 11, 2022 (COTTAGE GROVE, Minn.) — From a saxophone player in the South Dakota National Guard to a United States Military Academy West Point graduate, Active-duty officer, enlisted, and now serving in the Minnesota National Guard, Army Capt. Jessica Haugaard has had an interesting career to say the least. In addition to graduating from
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Minnesota Soldiers reenlist on Norwegian mountain peak

Seven Soldiers with the Minnesota National Guard took the opportunity to reenlist, extending their service, on top of Hofjellet Mountain in the Trøndelag region of Norway, on March 30, 2022. Spc. Jonathan Erickson, Sgt. Tara Anderson, Sgt. Justin Rose, Sgt. Nicholas Buban, Sgt. Craig Wilking, Staff Sgt. Kyle Bruflodt and Sgt. 1st Class Nicolas Romie
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Minnesota medics bring medical care to remote Alaskan island communities

May 14, 2022 (KODIAK ISLAND, Alaska) – Minnesota National Guard service members with the 204th Medical Company Area Support (MCAS) mobilized to Kodiak, Alaska in support of Arctic Care 2022, May 3-14. Arctic Care is an annual Innovative Readiness Training program which partners with the Kodiak Area Native Association, providing medical, dental, optometry, and veterinary
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Taking on new heights: Minnesota Guard supports Croatian partners during helicopter donation

Members of the Croatian Armed Forces, the U.S.’s Minnesota National Guard and dignitaries from both nations held a ceremony commemorating the U.S. donation of two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters to the Republic of Croatia at the 91st Air Base near Pleso, Croatia on May 25, 2022. As official partners through the National Guard Bureau’s State
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Cyber-Soldier makes history for Minnesota’s Hmong community 

Growing up in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Rose Xiong always admired the courage, selflessness, and discipline of Soldiers.  When a friend told her she could enlist in the National Guard without giving up her goal of being a full-time college student and completing a degree, she took a chance and joined.  “I was that kid always
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The Midwest’s Best compete in 2022 Region IV Best Warrior Competition 

May 15, 2022 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota)—The Minnesota National Guard hosts the Region IV Best Warrior Competition at Camp Ripley, May 11-15, 2022. This regional event included the best noncommissioned officers, or NCOs, and Soldiers from Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.  “They put in an extra effort and compete, to be better versions
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Annual conference brings Minnesota’s senior noncommissioned officers together

April 11, 2022 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minn.) – More than 130 Army and Air senior noncommissioned officers gathered to focus on professional development and comradery at Camp Ripley’s Training and Community Center for the 2022 Joint Senior Enlisted Leaders Conference held on April 9-10, 2022. Due to the pandemic, it has been two years since the
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Media Advisories

Camp Ripley Welcomes the 1-125 Field Artillery Battalion’s New Artillery

May 23, 2022 (Little Falls, Minnesota) – This week, Minnesota National Guard’s Camp Ripley Training Center hosts the New Ulm-based 1-125 Field Artillery Battalion as they test their new A7 Self Propelled Paladin Howitzer on the firing range. “Camp Ripley has been a host to a number of new weapons and support systems, and every
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Minnesota National Guard Activated in Flood Response

MEDIA ADVISORY: For Immediate Release May 20th, 2022 Duluth, Minnesota based Soldiers activated for flood response in Koochiching and St. Louis County. St Paul, Minn. – Forty-five Soldiers of the Duluth-based 1st Battalion, 94th Cavalry Regiment are responding to a request for assistance in Northeast Minnesota. These Soldiers will be providing flood response in the
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Camp Ripley Hosts Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition

Little Falls, Minn. – This week, Minnesota National Guard’s Camp Ripley hosts the ArmyNational Guard Region IV Best Warrior Competition to find the best of the bestnoncommissioned officer and Soldier of the region. “Camp Ripley is a regional training center, which hosts all types of schools, events, andcompetitions, and every time we host, this installation
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Minnesota National Guard Assists Neighboring State

St Cloud, Minn. – Today, five Minnesota National Guard Soldiers departed with one CH-47 Chinook to provide heavy-lift support for flood response operations occurring in North Dakota.“This mission is to move two, 10,000-pound pumps closer to the Bourbanis Dam located on the Red River in Pembina, North Dakota,” said Army Col. Gregory Fix, Minnesota National
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Hastings-based 434th Chemical Company returns from deployment

(HASTINGS, Minnesota) — Approximately 150 Soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard’s 434th Chemical Company, based in Hastings and Red Wing, returned last week from deployment to Kuwait in support of Operation Spartan Shield. While deployed, the Soldiers provided Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) response in support of Operations Spartan Shield and Inherent Resolve in
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