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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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Minnesota National Guard team helps student service members, practice fiscal responsibility

January 7, 2021 (SAINT PAUL, Minnesota) — The Education and Incentives team, a group of just five team members, works hard to ensure that active service members of the Minnesota National Guard receive bonuses and tuition reimbursements in accordance with state guidelines and protocols, protecting the financial resources granted by the state and federal government.  “It’s
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Minnesota National Guard fills gap amidst COVID-19 pandemic surge

January 13, 2022 (COTTAGE GROVE, Minnesota) —  New Minnesota National Guard COVID-19 community-based testing sites have recently opened in Cottage Grove, Anoka, and North Branch.  There are approximately 200 service members supporting COVID-19 testing sites at nine locations across the state. Since November 2021, the Minnesota National Guard has assisted in testing more than 105,000
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2022 Minnesota Air National Guard Flight of Honor accepting nominations

December 22, 2021 — The Minnesota Air National Guard Memorialization Board is accepting nominations for possible candidates to be inducted into the 2022 Minnesota Air National Guard (MN ANG) Flight of Honor Induction Program, Joint Force Headquarters, MN. Please reference the attached documents: Memorialization Regulation JFMNR 36-3108 (dtd 6Dec21) v2 Eligibility Quick Guide Nomination Form
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Community breaks ground for new Luverne armory

December 14, 2021 (LUVERNE, Minnesota) – The Minnesota National Guard broke ground today on a new training facility in Luverne, with construction scheduled to begin in June 2023. Minnesota State Senator Bill Weber of District 22 congratulated the Minnesota National Guard and the community of Luverne on the new facility during the event. “Having a
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2022 Minnesota Army National Guard Court of Honor accepting nominations

December 17, 2021 – The Camp Ripley Memorialization Board is accepting nominations for possible candidates to be inducted into the 2021 Minnesota Army National Guard Court of Honor Induction Program at Camp Ripley, MN. Please reference the attached documents: Memorialization Regulation MNGR 1-33 (dtd 01 NOV 21)Complete List of Memorializations at Camp Ripley (dtd 12 OCT 21)History
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Help is here: Program assists those struggling with addiction

“Nobody wakes up and says they want to be an alcoholic. They get that way over time, over habits, and there’s no shame in admitting that that is what’s going on because it could happen to any of us,” said Warren Anthony, who works as the Risk Reduction Coordinator for the Minnesota National Guard’s Substance
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Media Advisories

Minnesota National Guard Gains New Yellow Ribbon Partner

MEDIA ADVISORY: For Immediate ReleaseJuly 19, 2022 MANKATO, Minn. – Tomorrow, the Minnesota National Guard will gain the Minnesota StateBuilding and Construction Trades Council as the 83rd yellow ribbon company since the inceptionof the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Program in 2008. “One of the Minnesota National Guard’s priorities is partnerships, and without a doubt, theMinnesota
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Minnesota National Guard to Recognize Airmen of the Year for 2021 & 2022

MEDIA ADVISORY: For Immediate ReleaseJuly 19, 2022 ST. PAUL, Minn. – Tomorrow, Minnesota National Guard leaders will recognize 10 Airmen fortheir outstanding performance at St. Paul’s Veterans Service Building. “Taking a moment to recognize the individual Airmen who have gone above and beyond in theirprimary duties is vital as people are the center of any
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Rabbi Kamil Joins Minnesota National Guard

(July 15, 2022) ST. PAUL, Minn.- Tomorrow, the Minnesota National Guard will conduct a swearing-in ceremony on the stairs of the Minnesota State Capitol for Rabbi Kamil, adding to the diversity within the chaplain section. “I have always wanted to join the military,” remarked Rabbi Frederick Kamil. “To serve those who servethat’s how I want
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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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