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Minnesota doctor turned Soldier, a Veteran’s story of service

In December 2001, just four months after 9/11, the deadliest terrorist attacks on U.S. soil, Dr. Allen Autrey attended a course titled ‘Medical Response to Terrorism’ in Minnesota. “There were these guys sitting in the room that had polo shirts with an emblem,” said Autrey. “I walked up to them and asked them who they
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Minnesota’s Red Bulls advance Army artillery with first-of-its-kind symposium

“That’s the tough part about going first,” said Army Col. Eric Wieland, commander of the Minnesota National Guard’s 34th Division Artillery Brigade, known as DIVARTY, as he took the podium October 13, 2022, in the auditorium of the General Vessey Readiness Center in Arden Hills, Minnesota – home of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division. 
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347 Regional Support Group provides base operations support in Iraq

AL ASAD AIR BASE, IRAQ – In May of this year, 21 Minnesota Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 347 Regional Support Group, Task Force Victory, arrived at Al Asad Air Base to provide Base Operating Support-Integrating services to those stationed here in support of Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve. Much like a
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Minnesota National Guard continues support of postpartum parents

“As leaders, we talk about putting people first because our service members, employees, and their families deserve to work and live in safe, healthy environments where everyone is treated with dignity and respect,” said Army Capt. Andrea Drost, the full-time administrative officer for the Minnesota National Guard’s 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division.
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Minnesota National Guard’s Court of Honor induction program memorializes ten at Camp Ripley

Family, friends and service members gathered at the Gen. John W. Vessey Recreation Center on Camp Ripley near Little Falls, Minnesota to honor ten individuals, inducting them into the Court of Honor, Oct. 2, 2022. “The Court of Honor, located at the [Minnesota] Military Museum on Camp Ripley, provides a prestigious and visible area for
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55th Civil Support Team helps decontaminate water plant during training event

Members of Army North’s Civil Support Training Team, out of Fort Sam Houston, Texas, traveled to Minnesota for a pre-evaluation training exercise with the Minnesota National Guard’s 55th Civil Support Team (CST), at the Columbia Heights Membrane Plant in Columbia Heights, Minnesota, September 20, 2022. “This is part of a larger evaluation that the 55th
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Ninth annual Women’s Leadership Forum

The Minnesota National Guard hosted the 9th Annual Women’s Leadership Forum, Saturday, September 17, at General Mills Headquarters in Golden Valley, Minnesota. “Truly having senior leaders who not just support but advocate for the ability of us to gather to learn together to be our authentic selves is critical as we all develop as leaders,”
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Minnesota National Guard Soldier reflects on his service and heritage

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated across the nation every year from September 15th to October 15th. The Minnesota National Guard values the contributions and service of Hispanic American service members like Staff Sgt. Jaime Reyes, a supply specialist with Joint Force Headquarters Detachment 1. “I initially decided to join for college benefits, and I’ve wanted
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‘We owe it to each other’: Power of One, a suicide awareness 5K

September 11, 2022 (Camp Ripley, Minn.) — On Saturday mornings at Camp Ripley, service members swarm the base, traveling from all over the state, to attend their regular drill weekends. For most, formation marks the beginning of their day. On World Suicide Prevention Day, Sept. 10, a group of service members, friends, family and community
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Minnesota National Guard leader reflects on pivotal career moment

September 14, 2022 (Camp Ripley, Minn.) — Minnesota National Guard Staff Sgt. Ashley Watson joined the Army in 2008 as an administrative assistant but quickly decided she was destined for combat arms. Joining the military as a tanker was a lifelong goal she had already made at 12 Years old. The influence behind this decision came
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Media Advisories

Minnesota National Guard Leaders, Children Meet with First Lady Biden

MEDIA ADVISORY: For Immediate ReleaseNovember 28, 2022 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, First Lady Jill Biden met with two members from the MinnesotaNational Guard’s 133rd Airlift Wing and their children as part of her Joining Forces initiative tosupport military families. “This meeting was a wonderful opportunity for the First Lady to hear directly from Guardyouth,” said
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High School Hockey Team Experiences Team Building with the Military

MEDIA ADVISORY: For Immediate ReleaseNovember 18, 2022 LITTLE FALLS, Minn. – The Minnesota National Guard’s Camp Ripley is hosting the AppleValley Boys High School Hockey Team tonight and Saturday to build team cohesion andexperience various aspects of the National Guard. “Much like the military, in hockey, no single player is greater than the collective group,”
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Minnesota National Guard Selects First Air Guard Leader for Senior Enlisted Position

MEDIA ADVISORY: For Immediate ReleaseNov. 8, 2022 Minnesota National Guard Selects First Air Guard Leader for Senior Enlisted PositionST. PAUL, Minn. – Thursday, the Minnesota National Guard will conduct a ceremony thatappoints the first Air Guard leader in more than 166 years to the most senior enlisted position inthe Minnesota Guard. “I’m very proud to
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Minnesota National Guard Celebrates Opening of a Maintenance Facility in New Ulm

MEDIA ADVISORY: For Immediate ReleaseOctober 18, 2022 Minnesota National Guard Celebrates Opening of a Maintenance Facility in New UlmNEW ULM, Minn. – Thursday, the Minnesota National Guard is conducting a ribbon-cuttingceremony for a new maintenance facility in New Ulm, which provides advantages to the Guardand the community. “The new maintenance facility in New Ulm marks
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Meet Minnesota National Guard’s Newest Brigadier General

STORY: For Immediate ReleaseOctober 12, 2022 Chris Blomquist, the new Chief of Staff of the Minnesota Air National Guard, was promoted tobrigadier general during a ceremony at the 148th Fighter Wing, Duluth, Minnesota, in front offamily, military leaders, community leaders, and 148th Fighter Wing members on Saturday,September 10, 2022. “In your new role as the
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