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Silenced no more, service members speak, reflect ten years later

September 20, 2021 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — It has been ten years since the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy was repealed. Since September 20, 2011, the Department of Defense cannot discharge service members solely based on sexual orientation. “I joined the Army thinking I would never be able to love anyone, never be able to
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Donaldson welcomed to the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program

September 13, 2021 (BLOOMINGTON, Minnesota) — The Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Program of Minnesota welcomed its 80th company into the network this week with the dedication of Donaldson Company, Inc. Headquartered in Bloomington, Minnesota, Donaldson hosted an outdoor celebration on September 13, 2021, with employees and members of the community to commemorate the Yellow Ribbon
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Minnesota medic serves, volunteers for his community

September 17, 2021 (COTTAGE GROVE, Minnesota) — A love of military medicine started from an early age and became a military career for 26 years and for the Minnesota National Guard’s Office of the State Surgeon’s noncommissioned officer in charge, U.S. Army Master Sgt. Samuel Williams. Williams developed and trained Soldiers as well as future
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Minnesota unit ‘defends’ during training in CSTX 78-21-04 at Fort McCoy

September 10, 2021 (FORT MCCOY, Wisconsin) — In a garrison environment, human-resource specialists in the Army Reserve and National Guard are known for their office work and administrative tasks. On the battlefield, those same service members are Soldiers first. And as Soldiers first, they may be required to perform base defense operations and more along
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Twenty years later, Minnesota Remembers 9/11

September 13, 2021 (SAINT PAUL, Minnesota) – On Sept. 11, 2021, we stood with Minnesotans and the nation at the state capitol complex as we remembered the events on 9/11, twenty years later. The event not only remembered the lives lost on that day, but also service members from Minnesota who made the ultimate sacrifice
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Soldier aids crash victims on drive home

September 13, 2021 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — She was driving south of Interstate 35E just south of St. Paul, Minnesota, on a Friday afternoon when out of the corner of her eye, something caught her attention. She looked over and saw that a sedan had driven up an embankment and wedged itself underneath the overpass.
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WATCH | Minnesota Remembers: 9/11 and the Minnesota National Guard

September 11, 2021 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — September 11, 2001, began like any other Tuesday for the Minnesota National Guardsmen and women on duty that day. It wasn’t until later that morning that the gravity of that day sank in and our citizen Soldiers and Airmen went to work securing their state and nation. In
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A Minnesota National Guard Soldier holds a baby.

Minnesota medics care for Afghan evacuees in the Middle East

CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait – While more than 400 members of Minnesota National Guard’s 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 194th Armor Regiment, known as Task Force 1-194, deployed to Afghanistan in support of evacuation efforts, the Cottage Grove, Minnesota-based Charlie Company, 134th Brigade Support Battalion began preparations to medically screen up to 5,000 Afghans at the unit’s
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Resiliency in the RTI: Warrant Officer Candidate Pushes Through

August 20, 2021 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota) — Earlier this spring, the 175th Regional Training Institute at Camp Ripley began its annual Warrant Officer Candidate School (WOCS). There are 11 candidates enrolled this year who are preparing for their final two weeks of training at Camp Atterbury, Indiana this fall. Each year the class reports in
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133rd Contingency Response Flight Conducts Contingency Response Exercise

August 18, 2021 (ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands) — The saying “train like you fight” is something the Airmen from the 133rd Contingency Response Flight (CRF) live by. Within 36 hours of notification of a simulated hurricane, they were on the ground in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, conducting airbase operations in support of a larger
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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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