The Power of Connection: Run brings attention to suicide prevention

Soldiers, Airmen, families, and community members joined together for a 5-kilometer fun run on World Suicide Prevention Day, September 10, 2023, near the Arden Hills Army Training Site, in Arden Hills, Minnesota.  Each year, the Minnesota National Guard hosts an event known as the Power of One 5K, to bring awareness to suicide prevention by
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Minnesota Twins, National Guard celebrate 20 years of partnership

Baseball is a staple of American culture, and here in Minnesota our major league baseball team, the Minnesota Twins, have shared the field with members of the U.S. Armed Forces during their Armed Forces Appreciation Day game for the past 20 years. “We are proud to be Minnesota’s baseball team,” said Julie Vavruska, director of
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Annual Military Appreciation Day Honors Vietnam Veterans

The 12th Annual Military Appreciation Day at the Minnesota State Fair on Aug. 29 featured 50 educational and military-connected booths at Dan Patch Park, along with on-stage entertainment, recognition ceremonies, family-friendly activities, and a flyover. It also included a special tribute. In observance of the 50th anniversary of the last service members leaving Vietnam as
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A Year in the Guard: Checkin’ in on Chief

“Three and a half years ago if you would have asked me to take this job and said we’re going to go into a global pandemic; we’re going to worry about maintaining our mission and our aircraft; we’re going to be activated for domestic disturbance right outside of our gate in Minneapolis and St. Paul
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Camp Ripley Training Center Hosts Joint Military, Civilian, and First Responder Communication Exercise with the Department of Public Safety

Camp Ripley was hosted a joint training exercise conducted by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. The Minnesota National Guard, federal, state, and local organizations conducted a joint communication exercise on August 23rd and 24th, 2023, utilizing Camp Ripley’s urban operation ranges to increase operational readiness and interagency coordination between all levels. “The overall goal
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‘We make each other better’ Minnesota Civil Support Team protects fellow citizens from disasters

National Guard organizations continue to support dual missions across the world. Serving both federally; trained, equipped and ready to defend the United States at a moment’s notice, the Guard also aids local communities — their neighbors — by responding to local emergencies. Units across Minnesota, both Army and Air, hold true to the National Guard’s motto
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Minnesota aviators prepare to deploy to Colombia 

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Family, friends, and members of the Minnesota National Guard’s Flight Detachment Five from Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 245th Aviation Regiment, gathered at the Saint Paul Army Aviation Support Facility at Holman Field July 6, 2023, to hold a deployment ceremony as the unit prepares to deploy on a nine-month mission to
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Minnesota National Guard medics serve Leech Lake Reservation tribal members

CASS LAKE, Minn. — Recently, Soldiers with the Minnesota National Guard’s 204th Medical Company Area Support participated in an Innovative Readiness Training, known as IRT, exercise known as Operation Walking Shield on the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Reservation in northern Minnesota, July 21 through 28, 2023. The Minnesota National Guard-led exercise had 108 personnel
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Red Bulls celebrate family day at Arden Hills 

ARDEN HILLS, Minn. — Soldiers know too well that their service impacts not only them, but their family members as well. On July 23, the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, hosted a family day to honor the support system for service members assigned to them. To kick off the event, Red
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Education Spotlight: Bulldogs using benefits

Membership in the Air National Guard is a commitment. It requires time, discipline, fitness and resilience. Bulldogs from the 148th Fighter Wing support our state and nation when called upon. “Membership in the Air National Guard, especially in Minnesota, offers very robust education and training incentives”, says 148th Fighter Wing Retention Office Manager, Master Sgt.
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Media Advisories

Guard’s Family Day Supported by Minnesota Building and Construction Trades Council

MEDIA ADVISORY: For Immediate ReleaseJuly 21, 2023 SAINT PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Building and Construction Trades Council will supportthis Sunday’s annual 34th Red Bull Infantry Division’s Family Day.“We value our partnership with the Minnesota Building and Construction Trades Council,” saidArmy Maj. Gen. Charles Kemper, the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division’s Commander. “They aretremendous supporters
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Minnesota National Guard Members Mobilize in Support of United States SouthernCommand’s Counter Drug Mission

MEDIA ADVISORY: For Immediate ReleaseJuly 5, 2023 SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Tomorrow, Detachment 5, Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 245th Aviation Regiment will hold a departure ceremony before leaving on a nine-month deployment to Bogota, Columbia. “This enduring mission is an ongoing cooperative effort between the United States, Colombia, and other South American countries,” said Chief
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Minnesota National Guard’s 148th Fighter Wing Unveils 75th Anniversary Heritage Jet

MEDIA ADVISORY: For Immediate ReleaseJune 26, 2023 DULUTH, Minn. Yesterday, the Duluth-based 148th Fighter Wing unveiled its 75th Anniversary Heritage F-16 Fighting Falcon to Airmen drilling this weekend. “In honor of this milestone, the heritage jet was designed and painted to reflect our unique history,” said 148th Fighter Wing Commander, Col. Nate Aysta. The 148th
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Guard Units Improve Readiness through Helping Communities in Need

MEDIA ADVISORY: For Immediate ReleaseJune 6, 2023 OWYHEE, Nev. – From May 13th to 24th, 27 members from the 133rd Medical Group participated in Operation Nimiipuu Health, providing free medical, dental, and optometry care to the Nez Pierce Tribe in Lapwai, Idaho and the Shoshone-Paiute Tribe, located eight hours south in Owyhee, Nevada. “The Innovative
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Camp Ripley hosts Regional Boy Scouts Jamboree

MEDIA ADVISORY: For Immediate ReleaseJune 1, 2023 LITTLE FALLS, Minn. – More than 1000 Minnesota Scouts and volunteers representing theBoy Scouts of America will participate in the Biennial Boy Scouts Jamboree Saturday at CampRipley to learn leadership skills and basic military tasks. “The longstanding partnership between the Boy Scouts and the Minnesota National Guard is
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