Minnesota’s 177th Cyber Protection Team defends nation during deployment

Oct. 21, 2021 (FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Maryland) — The Minnesota National Guard’s 177th Cyber Protection Team mobilized to Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, in October 2020 as part of a larger task force aligned under the 780th Military Intelligence Brigade (Cyber). “Their mission is to conduct cyberspace operations supporting U.S. Cyber Command and the
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A bond and journey formed from competitive shooting

Oct. 14, 2021 (ST. PAUL, Minn.) – Competitive shooting brought him to the U.S. Army, but his mom brought him to the sport of shooting. Army Lt. Col. Eduardo A. Suárez grew up in San Jose, California., with his parents and four siblings. He said his childhood was filled with Hispanic traditions of gathering around
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The Family That Warfights Together, Stays Together

Oct. 12, 2021 (FORT RILEY, Kansas) — Many understand the idea that when one joins a military unit, they essentially become part of a family. That figurative idea became very literal for Spc. Emma Brown when she found out that her first duty assignment would be Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion (DHHB), 34th Red Bull
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Minnesota companies come together to support their military employees

October 12, 2021 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) – Beyond the Yellow Ribbon companies from across Minnesota attended the bi-annual Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Company Conference virtually and in-person at the Saint Paul RiverCentre on Oct. 6, 2021. “The conference is an opportunity to bring together all of our Yellow Ribbon companies and our key support partners
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Minnesota National Guard members participate in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion event

Oct. 7, 2021 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — Members from the Minnesota National Guard participated in a virtual panel event focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion hosted by Capital One, a proclaimed Beyond the Yellow Ribbon company, on Sept. 23, 2021. This event is the second time Capital One’s business resource groups, representing their LGBTQ+, African
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Catch 22-1

Oct. 6, 2021 (FORT RILEY, Kansas) — “How can I get any experience until I get a job that gives me experience?” This is the question written by Joseph Heller that exemplifies a catch-22, a concept derived from the namesake novel. The 34th Red Bull Infantry Division is wrapping their participation in Warfighter Exercise (WFX)
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Army Guard director awarded Croatian Duke of Trpimir medal

September 30, 2021 (ARLINGTON, Virginia) – The director of the Army National Guard was awarded the Duke of Trpimir medal by Croatian President Zoran Milanović during a ceremony Sept. 27 in Split, Croatia, honoring the 25-year partnership between the Minnesota National Guard and Croatia. “I’m proud of the long-standing partnership and am deeply honored to
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Minnesota National Guard supports wildfire suppression efforts at home and in Washington state

September 24, 2021 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — As wildfires raged in Washington and northern Minnesota in August, two units from the Minnesota National were called into action. The St. Cloud-based C Company, 2-211 General Support Aviation Battalion sent 10 Soldiers and a UH-60L Black Hawk helicopter with a hoist to Washington to provide medical evacuation
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Third Annual Planting for the Future on Camp Ripley

September 23, 2021 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota) – Members of the Minnesota National Guard, Camp Ripley employees and Norwegian Home Guard Soldiers welcomed students and tribal members to Camp Ripley, Sept. 21, 2021, for a day of cultural exchange during the third annual Planting for the Future event. “This event is an evolution of ideas from
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Camp Ripley Hosts Open House Honoring Native Americans

September 20, 2021 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota) — Camp Ripley hosted its Open House September 19, 2021. The event, which occurs every two years, gives the public an opportunity to experience military life for a day. The Open house is a great tradition that has been running for 30 years. “This is one of our most
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Media Advisories

Minnesota National Guard Service Members Activated to Support Healthcare Facilities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:November 22, 2021 (Saint Paul, Minnesota) – Today, Governor Walz has activated the Minnesota National Guard toserve as skilled-nursing “rapid response teams” to support healthcare facilities experiencingsevere staffing shortages.“Our force is highly adaptive and with training will assist Minnesota’s healthcare community inresponding to healthcare staffing shortages,” said Army Maj. Gen. Shawn Manke, theMinnesota
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148th Fighter Wing conducts night flying in Northern Minnesota

The 148th Fighter Wing will conduct night flying October 25 through November 4, 2021. The 148th will be integrating with Special Operations Forces to conduct effective and realistic Close Air Support (CAS) training. CAS is the direct support of ground forces by air assets such as the 148th Fighter Wing’s F-16CM fighter aircraft. During CAS,
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Minnesota Air National Guard Selects First Female State Command Chief

Oct. 18, 2021 (ST. PAUL, Minn.) – Command Chief Master Sgt. Lisa Erikson assumed responsibility as the 14th State Command Chief of the Minnesota Air National Guard on Saturday, Oct. 16, becoming the first female to hold this role. “You must continue to grow the organization and sharpen the spear, so our airmen are prepared
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Minnesota National Guard prepares to support COVID-19 testing sites

October 15, 2021 (ST. PAUL, Minn.) – Seventy-five soldiers and airmen from the Minnesota National Guard are preparing to support the state’s COVID-19 response efforts starting Monday.“The Minnesota National Guard’s motto is ‘Always Ready, Always There’ and demonstrates our commitment to support Minnesota citizens,” said Army Maj. Gen. Shawn Manke, Minnesota National Guard’s Adjutant General.
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148th Fighter Wing Selects Chief Master Sgt. Jozef Miketin as Command Chief

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 13, 2021 (DULUTH, Minnesota) — Chief Master Sgt. Jozef Miketin was selected as Command Chief of the 148th Fighter Wing, Minnesota Air National Guard.  As the Command Chief, Miketin will serve as the senior enlisted advisor to the wing commander and as the wing-level representative for all enlisted members. “Chief Miketin
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