Minnesota Families, Soldiers reintegrate after Middle East deployment

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Around 80 members of the Minnesota National Guard’s Task Force Victory, made up of Soldiers of the Brooklyn Park-based 347th Regional Support Group and their families, gathered at Bethel University in Saint Paul to attend a reintegration event hosted by the Yellow Ribbon Program April 1, 2023. The recently returned troops
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148th Fighter Wing Recertifies VPP Star Status

On April 30, 2008, the 148th Fighter Wing became the first unit in the Air Force to receive recognition as an Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star Worksite. Recently, the Wing received notification it has been officially recertified as an OSHA VPP Star Worksite effective February 15, 2023. The recertification
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Proud to Serve: Celebrating Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month is a moment of reflection on women’s achievements in our society. One such woman from the 133rd Medical Group works in two separate career fields with the reward of helping people. U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Sarah Brown-Jager is the Senior Enlisted Leader for the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive,
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Minnesota, Canada, Croatia compete at state Best Warrior Competition

Select Minnesota National Guard Soldiers, along with volunteers from the Croatian and Canadian Armed Forces competed to find this year’s best Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier during Minnesota’s 2023 Best Warrior Competition held on Camp Ripley March 29 – April 1, 2023. Bolstering the Minnesota National Guard’s 27-year relationship with Croatia through the U.S. Department of
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133rd Contingency Response Team Participates in COPE NORTH

Three members from the Minnesota Air National Guard’s 133rd Contingency Response Team traveled to the West Pacific to support an exercise called COPE NORTH. COPE NORTH is an annual multinational exercise where units conduct an Air Base Opening of remote landing zones on the islands throughout the region to facilitate the movement of cargo and
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Minnesota National Guard Soldiers honor heroes during Best Warrior Competition

CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. – When Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Connolly arrived at the first station of the grueling, eight-mile, Valor Ruck March on March 30, 2023, he was immediately immersed in the history of one of America’s legendary World War II heroes, Army Combat Medic, Pfc. Desmond Doss. He was the first conscientious objector to
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Transporting Propeller Hub and Blade Assemblies

Last year, during an engine run check, maintenance personnel discovered a leak on one of their C-130H Hercules propellers. After further inspection, more cracks were found, and the U.S. Air Force issued a time compliance technical order (TCTO) which grounded the C-130H fleet utilizing four-bladed propellers. The U.S. Air Force had been working on ways
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Month of the Military Child: Recognizing military-connected children  

Every year in April, the Department of Defense joins national, state, and local governments, schools, military serving organizations, companies, and communities in celebrating Month of the Military Child to recognize the commitment, contributions, and sacrifices of military-connected youth from all the nation’s military branches.  According to the DoD, there are more than 1.6 million children
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Blazing a path to the top 1%

Attaining the rank of sergeant major is not an easy task. Less than 1% of the Army is comprised of Soldiers holding the rank.  To achieve the rank, master and first sergeants must complete 18 months of rigorous distance learning and a two-week resident course phase at the Sergeants Major Academy at Fort Bliss, Texas. 
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Service and Friendship – one story of Vietnam

Former 148th Fighter Wing Commander, retired Brig. Gen. Kenneth J. Stromquist, has a long, storied military career having served in both the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard for 31-years. One of his first chapters starts at III Corps, South Vietnam where Stromquist served as an O-2 Skymaster pilot with the 19th Tactical Air
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Media Advisories

Minnesota Air National Guard to Induct Service Members into 2023 Flight of Honor

MEDIA ADVISORY: For Immediate ReleaseOct. 16, 2023 Saint Paul, Minn. – The Minnesota National Guard will honor eight individuals by induction intothe 2023 Court of Honor at a ceremony held at the 133rd Airlift Wing, located at theMinneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport. “The Flight of Honor celebrates the very best of the people in our organization,”
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Minnesota National Guard’s 133rd Airlift Wing Selected for New Aircraft

MEDIA ADVISORY: For Immediate ReleaseSept 14, 2023 St Paul, Minn. – Minnesota National Guard’s 133rd Airlift Wing, located at Minneapolis/St.Paul International Airport was selected to receive eight, new C-130J Super Hercules aircraft aspart of the Air National Guard’s C-130J Recapitalization and Basing program. “As Governor, I’ve always fought to ensure the Minnesota National Guard has
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Camp Ripley Welcomes Public for 2023 Open House

MEDIA ADVISORY: For Immediate ReleaseSept 13, 2023 LITTLE FALLS, Minn. – This Sunday, Camp Ripley welcomes the public for their 2023 OpenHouse, which allows the public to interact with the employees, service members, and families ofthe Minnesota National Guard during this biennial event. “Camp Ripley is a staple of our State, and we could not
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133rd Airlift Wing Gains New Senior Enlisted Advisor

MEDIA ADVISORY: For Immediate ReleaseSeptember 8, 2023 ST. PAUL, Minn. –U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Richard Schumacher will assumeresponsibility as the senior enlisted advisor for the 133rd Airlift Wing from Chief Master Sgt.Mark Legvold on Saturday. “Chief Legvold served as an excellent voice of the enlisted force during an unprecedented timefor the 133rd Airlift
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Minnesota’s State Fair Military Appreciation Day; Honoring Vietnam Veterans

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:Aug. 25, 2023 FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. – The Minnesota State Fair’s 12th Military Appreciation Daytakes place Tuesday, and this year’s theme is Honoring Vietnam Veterans. “Today, we want to honor our nation’s Vietnam Veterans. There are more than 5.8 millionVietnam Veterans living in America and 97,000 living in Minnesota,” said Army Maj. Gen.Shawn
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