AESA Radar modernizes Bulldog F-16s for the next generation of airpower

DULUTH, Minn. —  Nine Block 50 F-16CM Fighting Falcons from the 148th Fighter Wing received the new active electronical scanned array (AESA) radar that allows pilots to “find targets in the air and on the ground more easily,” said Maj. Michael Kuzmuk, Chief of Wing Weapons for the 148th Fighter Wing.  “The new AESA radars
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Beyond the Yellow Ribbon embarks on new chapter, looks to future

Minnesota’s Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program, known as BTYR, had a busy year in 2022, filled with events, activities, a new team, and plans for the future. Through its community and corporate partnerships, BTYR provides military veterans, service members, and their families in all branches a wide range of support, including deployment readiness, family assistance
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A silver-lining for deployed service member’s family

The Minnesota National Guard’s Army Staff Sgt. Spencer J. Caouette, who is currently deployed to the Middle East, serving as an operations non-commissioned officer in charge with the 347th Regional Support Group, and his wife back at home in Minnesota, Deirdre Caouette, are no strangers to life in the military. Having met in grade school,
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Prioritizing hearts: Respiratory Therapist Reflects on a Deployment of Firsts

In the spring of 2022, U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Nick Baker, 133rd Medical Group, deployed as a respiratory therapist on a Critical Care Air Transport Team (CCAT). “[As] the respiratory care practitioner, I manage the ventilator breathing for the patient, as well as assist the nurse and doctor en route to the next level
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Responding in Unison: Croatia and Minnesota National Guard partner in disaster response

Earthquakes, wildfires, floods, and pandemics. The disasters and emergencies of recent years have affected States and Nations alike. The global community’s increased focus on emergency preparedness and disaster management have strengthened the need to exchange best practices and broaden response plans. The Minnesota National Guard recently brought interagency partners from Minnesota’s Department of Public Safety
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Month of the Military Family: Guard families reflect on military life

Two Minnesota National Guard families shared their thoughts on life as a military family during Month of the Military Family. The Vogel Family Army Sgt. Maj. Joe Vogel serves with the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division personnel section and has 25 years of military service. His wife, Molly, is a Soldier & Family Readiness specialist.
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Minnesota military family adapts, endures Middle East deployment apart

Army Sgt. Mai Vue, a human resources specialist with the Minnesota National Guard’s 147th Human Resources Company, currently deployed to Kuwait, says even though they’re a half a world away, she is getting support and strength from her family. “They are assisting my spouse with my children since daycare is hard for my spouse and
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Honoring a Veterans 71-year journey home

Near midnight on a small airport tarmac in Bismarck, North Dakota, family, and tribal drums greeted the return of the remains of U.S. Army Pfc. Melvin Little Bear, a Korean War veteran who had been missing in action since February 13, 1951. Little Bear later died while in captivity at POW Camp 1 in Chansong,
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The Minnesota National Guard Welcomes a New Command Senior Enlisted Advisor

After more than three years of service as the Minnesota National Guard’s Command Senior Enlisted Leader, Command Sgt. Maj. Brian Soper handed over the reins to Minnesota Air National Guard State Command Chief Lisa Erikson during a ceremony in Saint Paul, Minn. on Nov. 10, 2022. “What I’ll miss most about being the command senior
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Birds of a feather: family members deploy together

Whether it is a fond memory or something one would rather not reminisce on – most siblings are connected by a string of family experiences. For three siblings at the Minnesota National Guard’s 148th Fighter Wing, the thread connecting them is a subdued camouflage in color and has taken them around the world. Tech. Sgt.
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Media Advisories

Minnesota National Guard Hosts International Women’s Day Event

MEDIA ADVISORY: For Immediate ReleaseMarch 7, 2023 ST. PAUL, Minn. – Tomorrow, the Minnesota National Guard will host an InternationalWomen’s Day event in St. Paul to celebrate the accomplishments of the females serving in itsranks. “I am proud to be a member of the Minnesota National Guard because I am part of anorganization that celebrates
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Minnesota National Guard Signs State Partnership Program Agreement with Norway

TRONDHEIM, Norway– Today, the Minnesota National Guard signed an official State Partnership Program agreement with Norway in Trondheim, Norway, to further expand their 50-year relationship.    “As a Minnesotan and a member of the Minnesota National Guard, I am grateful the Department of Defense has officially approved our partnership with Norway,” said Army Maj. Gen.
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First Air Guard Flight Nurse, a Minnesota National Guard Member, to Receive Distinguished Flying Cross Medal

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Saturday, Air Force Maj. Katie Lunning will be presented with the nation’s highest award for aerial achievement, the Distinguished Flying Cross Medal, for extraordinary achievement while participating in an aerial flight during the evacuation of Kabul in August 2021. “From an Intensive Care Unit Nurse Manager in Iowa to a Critical
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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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