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St. Cloud Youth Leadership Academy, Ninth Year at Camp Ripley

July 23, 2021 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota) — The St. Cloud Police Department’s Youth Initiative Program’s St. Cloud Youth Leadership Academy (SCYLA) is continuing their yearly one-week camp at Camp Ripley July 12 through July 16, 2021. The purpose of the program is to offer support, build relationships and mentor youth in the St. Cloud area.
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Director of the Air National Guard visits 133rd Airlift Wing

July 21, 2021 (MINNEAPOLIS) — U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Michael A. Loh, Air National Guard director arrived at the 133rd Airlift Wing, July 16. Loh met and thanked Airmen for their contributions to multiple domestic operations over the past year. Loh was greeted by senior leaders from the wing and Minnesota National Guard. The
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A first of its kind, Adriatic Thunder

June 16, 2021 (ZAGREB, Croatia) — Soldiers and Airmen from the Minnesota National Guard and Iowa National Guard came together to conduct the Midwest Croatia Kosovo Exercise Adriatic Thunder with the Kosovo Security Forces and Croatian Armed Forces in Zagreb, Croatia, to show their ability to work across nations on critical mission systems, June 5-19,
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Camp Ripley Ammunitions Supply Point receives above average rating in recent inspection

June 4, 2021 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota) – An ammunition review team from the Defense Ammunition Center recently visited Camp Ripley to conduct a Department of the Army inspection of the Ammunition Supply Point. During the three-day inspection, the team determined that Camp Ripley is above the average in compliance for the National Guard. Camp Ripley
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Pride feature: Sgt. Eli Bevis

June 3, 2021 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — Sgt. Eli Bevis knew that he wanted to join the Army at a young age and he knew he wanted to join as a combat medic. In 2014, he enlisted into the Minnesota National Guard. Bevis is currently on his first overseas deployment with Headquarters and Headquarters Company,
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Minnesota Army National Guard Military Funeral Honors surpasses 50,000 funerals supported

May 29, 2021 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — Despite a brief slowdown of operations due to COVID-19 last year, the Minnesota Army National Guard’s military funeral honors program saw a significant milestone in March of this year, surpassing 50,000 funerals supported. The Minnesota National Guard Military Funeral Honors program began in 2004 and conducted approximately 300
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Minnesota National Guard breaks ground on new facilities in New Ulm

May 20, 2021 (NEW ULM, Minnesota) — The Minnesota National Guard broke ground today on a nearly $30 million construction project in New Ulm to build a new Field Maintenance Shop and a new Readiness Center over the next four years. The coordination and vision for the project began a decade ago between the city
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A monument built from kindness, compassion and empathy

May 19, 2021 (KIMBALL, Minnesota) — The official dedication of the Minnesota Army National Guard Fallen Soldiers Memorial took place May 16, 2021, in Kimball, Minnesota, to honor three Minnesota National Guard Soldiers who were killed Dec. 5, 2019, when a Black Hawk helicopter crashed during a maintenance test flight. Chief Warrant Officer 2 James
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Minnesota National Guard family embraces service

April 30, 2021 (CAMP RIPLEY, MINNESOTA) – Each April, Americans recognize and honor the more than 2 million military children during the Month of the Military Child. For one Minnesota National Guard family, balancing a deployment, State Active Duty and four kids is taxing. “It’s challenging, especially with a dual military family,” said Capt. Angela
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Airmen First

April 28, 2021 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — As the verdict in the former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin trial was announced, U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 133rd Airlift Wing were staged and ready to secure the Minneapolis Convention Center. The Airmen were just 50 pieces to a 3,000-piece puzzle, activated to support Operation Safety
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Minnesota Guardsmen to return from Guantanamo Bay

June 18, 2021 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) – Approximately 150 Soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard’s 34th Military Police Company headquartered in Stillwater, will be returning to Minnesota Saturday after a nine-month deployment to Cuba. The Soldiers provided base security in support of Joint Task Force Guantanamo whose mission is to conduct safe, humane and legal
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Camp Ripley-based Minnesota Guardsmen set to deploy to Eastern Europe

May 25, 2021 (LITTLE FALLS, Minnesota) — Less than 10 members of the Minnesota-based detachment of the 107th Maintenance Company will deploy to Eastern Europe to provide maintenance support to U.S. service members and allied forces operating in the U.S. European Command area of operations. The soldiers will be honored Thursday, May 27, 2021, at
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New Ulm Field Maintenance Shop Groundbreaking

May 18, 2021 (NEW ULM, Minnesota) – The Minnesota National Guard is breaking ground on a new Field Maintenance Shop and Readiness Center in New Ulm Thursday, May 20, at 11:00 a.m. “Field Maintenance Shops and Readiness Centers are essential networks that connect the National Guard to the public, employers, cities, and the state. This
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Memorial Dedication for Fallen Soldiers

May 14, 2021 (KIMBALL, Minnesota) – The official dedication of the Minnesota Army National Guard Fallen Soldiers Memorial in Kimball is Sunday, May 16 at 1:00 p.m. On Dec. 5, 2019, a routine maintenance test flight ended in a Black Hawk crash killing all three members on board, James Rogers, Charles Nord and Kort Plantenberg.
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Hastings-based 434th Chemical Company to deploy Saturday

May 13, 2021 (HASTINGS, Minnesota) — Approximately 150 Soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard’s 434th Chemical Company, based in Hastings and Red Wing, will deploy to Kuwait in support of Operation Spartan Shield. While deployed, the Soldiers will provide Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) defense in the area of operations. The unit is trained
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