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Special Emphasis Councils seek new members from across the Minnesota National Guard

March 14, 2022 (SAINT PAUL, Minn.) — At the St. Paul-based armory,leaders of the Minnesota National Guard’s Women’s Special Emphasis Council (WSEC) hosted an informational event and breakfast on March 14, 2022. The hour-long discussion served as an introduction to the WSEC and the various other councils open to new members throughout the Guard. The
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Women in Leadership: Sgt. 1st Class Lina Knox

March 18, 2022 (COTTAGE GROVE, Minnesota.) — Women’s History Month showcases the accomplishments of women all over the world. In Minnesota, women leaders are shaping history every day in the National Guard. “I wanted to serve to challenge myself,” said Sgt. 1st Class Lina Knox. “Over time it became about the mission, but now it’s
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Canada, Minnesota partner to maintain readiness across borders

March 20, 2022 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota) – Canadian Army reservists of the 38th Brigade Group conducted several annual training activities on Camp Ripley March 11-21, 2022 including an air assault and squad movement exercise in cooperation with a Minnesota National Guard Aviation unit. “As usual, Camp Ripley provided an environment where Soldiers of the Lake
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Minnesota service members prepare for Norwegian Exchange

March 6, 2022 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minn.) — More than 120 Airmen and Soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard gathered at Camp Ripley recently to prepare for the 49th Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange (NOREX). The annual troop exchange sends Minnesota National Guard members to Norway and Norwegian service members to Minnesota where each can learn from
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March on, Red Bull Legion: New commanding general at Red Bull Division

March 12, 2022 (ARDEN HILLS, Minnesota)– “This organization has a soul.” These were the words of outgoing Commanding General of the Minnesota National Guard’s 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, Army Maj. Gen. Michael Wickman, who has led the division since November 2019. He relinquished command to Army Brig. Gen. Charles Kemper, in a ceremony in
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Minnesota Armory modernization prepares National Guard for the future

March 11, 2022 (LUVERNE, Minnesota) — The Minnesota National Guard is striving to improve readiness and training opportunities throughout the state with new construction and renovation to existing armories. According to Don Kerr, the executive director of the Minnesota Department of Military Affairs, the planning is constantly evolving. “The Department of Military Affairs conducts ongoing
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The future looks bright! 179th Fighter Squadron pilot completes weapons school

March 9, 2022 | DULUTH, Minn. — The U.S. Air Force Weapons School trains tactical experts and leaders to control and exploit air, space and cyber on behalf of the joint force. Every six months, the school graduates approximately 100 Weapons officers and enlisted specialists who are tactical system experts, weapons instructors and leaders of
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Women in Leadership: Command Sgt. Maj. Katie Blackwell 

February 16, 2022 (COTTAGE GROVE, Minnesota) — The percent of women in the Minnesota National Guard has increased in the last 10 years. In 2011, only 16 percent of the force were women. Over the years, that percent has grown to nearly 21. Not only are women more prominent in the Guard, but they are
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New courses help Minnesota National Guard stay fit to fight

February 18, 2021 (COTTAGE GROVE, Minn.) – Service members from the Minnesota National Guard participated in a Holistic Health and Fitness (H2F) facilitator course at the General Vessey Readiness Center in Arden Hills on Jan. 11-13, 2022. “I’ve been a part of the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Course since 2019. I helped with some of the
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Women in Leadership: 1st Sgt. Jessica Stiffarm

February 16, 2022 (Cottage Grove, Minn.) — Women have been serving in various roles in the military for decades. Some even went as far as to impersonate men during the civil war. Still today, female leaders are paving the trail for others to follow. Women’s History Month, an annual observance, commemorates women and their contributions.
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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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