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At the Fair, Minnesota National Guard celebrates 50 years of employer support

The mood was festive even before the Minnesota National Guard’s 34th Red Bull Infantry Division Band performed their first note on the morning of the Minnesota State Fair’s Military Appreciation Day August 30, 2022, in Falcon Heights. On Tuesday, hundreds of service members, veterans, their families, and supporters gathered to celebrate the annual event. The
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Goeden’s Guitars

Minnesota National Guard Army Sgt. Benjamin Goeden started playing the guitar at the young age of 14. However, he was inspired well before then by the iconic hair bands of the 80s. He can recall his first itch to strum a guitar as he watched the revolution of the rock’n’roll scene unfold into what we
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The first female general in the Minnesota National Guard retires

“You can do anything the boys can do…only better.” Those words from her mother instilled bold confidence in Sandy Best at an early age and paved the runway for her becoming the first female promoted to general officer in the 166-year history of the Minnesota National Guard. Air Force Brig. Gen. Sandy Best was honored
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Minnesota National Guard recognizes partnership with LGBTQ+ community leader, veteran

Aug 17, 2022 (SAINT PAUL, Minn.) —Minnesota’s Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Shawn P. Manke presented Mr. Stephen Rocheford, the President, CEO, and founder of Lavender Media, the Minnesota Superior Civilian Service Award, an award equivalent to the Legion of Merit, during a ceremony at the Veteran’s Service Building in Saint Paul, July 7, 2022. “General
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Minnesota, Iowa National Guards partner in artillery raid training

(ESTHERVILLE, Iowa) – Aviators with the Minnesota National Guard’s Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 147th Assault Helicopter Regiment had the unique opportunity to partner with the Iowa National Guard’s Alpha Battery, 1st Battalion, 194th Field Artillery Regiment, in moving artillery equipment via helicopter, known as sling loading, of M119A3 105mm howitzers on July 28, 2022, in
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Minnesota National Guard partners with FBI, local tribe, fire marshal, training to protect communities

August 3, 2022 (SHAKOPEE, Minn.) — The Minnesota National Guard’s St. Paul-based, 55th Civil Support Team partnered with the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Department of Public Safety, the FBI’s Minneapolis Hazardous Evidence Response Team, and Minnesota’s State Fire Marshall during a field training exercise near Shakopee, August 3, 2022. It is important for the joint
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Reintegration events smooth transition for returning members, families

August 1, 2022 (Bloomington, Minn.) — More than six months after the Minnesota National Guard’s ‘Task Force 1-194,’ made up of members of the Brainerd-based 1st Combined Arms Battalion, of the 194th Armor Regiment returned from a deployment to the Middle East, service members are settling back into their lives. “I missed my wife a
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Minnesota service members compete in All-Guard National Best Warrior Competition, build lifelong friendships

July 30, 2022 (SMYRNA, Tenn.) – Two Minnesota National Guard service members are competing in the All-Guard National Best Warrior Competition, July 24-29, 2022, near Smyrna, Tennessee. They are part of 14 finalists representing the best of the best in the Army National Guard. “It’s just been phenomenal watching these young Soldiers reach their full
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A friendly competition: Minnesota National Guard Soldiers compete in Croatian Best Soldier Competition

May 26, 2022 (SLUNJ, Croatia) – The morning of May 26, 2022, dawned hot and muggy – setting the tone for more than 70 competitors as they faced eight tests of skill and endurance during the Croatian Best Soldier Competition. For a decade, Croatia has hosted the prestigious competition and facilitated strong partnerships by bringing
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Labor leaders celebrate 25-year partnership helping service members

Leaders from labor unions across the state came together for a tour of Minnesota National Guard training facilities, June 10, 2022. Their journey began at the General John W. Vessey Readiness Center in Arden Hills, Minnesota where they learned about the Minnesota National Guard’s history and the importance of community partnerships. They also discussed employer
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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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