For the Last Time

U.S. Air Force Capt. Katie Lunning was halfway through her first deployment as a Critical Care Air Transport Team (CCATT) nurse when evacuation operations out of Afghanistan began. Assigned to the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, she watched the Taliban move across Afghanistan on the news “On August 16th, the
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The People of the Minnesota National Guard: Trial Defense Service’s Lt. Col. Jen Beck-Brown

Editor’s Note: In this series we meet the people who serve their state and nation in the Minnesota National Guard. We take you beyond the names and titles and discover the reasons for service and the different paths taken to get to where they are today, in their own words. Q: Where are you from,
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Your Left, Your Write: A Soldier Author

October 29, 2021 (Camp Ripley, Minnesota) — We all have a book or two that we can’t put down or can’t stop thinking about. On the first of November, readers and authors around the world celebrate a special day, National Author’s Day. This holiday gives people a chance to appreciate the minds that create these
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The Importance of Family

November 2, 2021 (Duluth, Minnesota) Military Family Appreciation Month happens each November.  It was established by the Armed Services YMCA in 1996 as a way of recognizing and honoring the sacrifices made by families throughout the Armed Forces. The 148th Fighter Wing, like other National Guard units, have several family combinations within their ranks. One
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Inaugural Class – Minnesota Air National Guard Flight of Honor

Seven Minnesota Air National Guard members were inducted into the Flight of Honor on Oct. 17, 2021. The Flight of Honor recognizes past and present Airmen from the 133rd Airlift Wing, 148th Fighter Wing, and Joint Force Headquarters who have distinguished themselves with notable professional achievement and service or heroism. The inaugural ceremony was hosted
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Kristopher Langham stands before a bank of laptop computers

Cybersecurity Awareness: Are you protected?

As Cybersecurity Awareness month draws to a close, the Minnesota National Guard encourages service members, their families, and others to practice good cyber hygiene. Proper cyber hygiene habits can protect individuals from online threats, much like brushing your teeth every day will protect teeth from getting cavities. In an age where information is more powerful
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Minnesota Celebrates Veterans Day

The official State of Minnesota Veterans Day Program will be held virtually again this year in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. A 30-minute recorded program will be available starting at 8 a.m. on Veterans Day, Thursday, November 11 here on the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs website. The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA)
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Minnesota National Guard JAG officer invested as Tenth Judicial District judge

Oct. 28, 2021 (ST. PAUL, Minn.) – An investiture ceremony was held on Oct. 22, 2021, in St. Paul, Minnesota, for Jesse L. Seabrooks II, a captain who serves as the operations law judge advocate for the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, as a newly appointed judge of the District Court for
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A pivotal deployment that led to a military career

Oct. 22, 2021 (ST. PAUL, Minn.) – Every Soldier has their reason for joining the military. Every Soldier has their reason for continuing to serve. For Army Sgt. 1st Class Erandi Lindsey, her path evolved from earning school benefits to a passion for taking care of Soldiers. Lindsey, the medical administrative noncommissioned officer for the
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Minnesota’s 177th Cyber Protection Team defends nation during deployment

Oct. 21, 2021 (FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Maryland) — The Minnesota National Guard’s 177th Cyber Protection Team mobilized to Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, in October 2020 as part of a larger task force aligned under the 780th Military Intelligence Brigade (Cyber). “Their mission is to conduct cyberspace operations supporting U.S. Cyber Command and the
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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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