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Minnesota National Guard, safety team focus on summer season risks

July 1, 2022 (COTTAGE GROVE, Minn.) — Summer is beginning, and with more than 10,000 lakes, Minnesotans may take advantage of the longer days and warm temperatures. The season officially began on June 21st. It also brings potential safety risks that most haven’t seen since last year. “Last year, the Army lost 50 Soldiers during
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Partners in flight: Minnesota National Guard and Croatian Armed Forces collaborate through State Partnership Program

June 10, 2022 (SAINT PAUL, Minnesota) – “It always feels good to help a friend,” said U.S. Army Sgt. Nathan Buck, a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter technical inspector with the Minnesota National Guard’s Bravo Company, 834th Aviation Support Battalion. Buck was one of seven Minnesota crew chiefs sent to Croatia as part of a mission
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Forty-two years of service: Chief Thomas Galoff retires from Minnesota National Guard

June 13, 2022 (COTTAGE GROVE, Minnesota) — “As I look back when I started my career, I never imagined that I would become a CW5,” said Chief Warrant Officer Five Thomas Galoff, a native of Phillips, Wisconsin. “Well, part of that was when I started my career, there was not a CW5 [rank in the
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Pride in serving in Minnesota’s National Guard

June 2, 2022 (COTTAGE GROVE, Minn.) — “The Minnesota National Guard was the first organization where I felt comfortable enough to come out,” said Army Capt. Forrest Jennings, the basic branch recruiter, an armor officer, and advisor for the Minnesota National Guard’s LGBTQ+ diversity and inclusion council. Jennings began his service in Edmond, Oklahoma as
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Family readiness training prepares leaders, volunteers for next deployment

April 23, 2022 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minn.) — The Minnesota National Guard’s Family Readiness program hosted an Annual Training, known as a FRAT, at Camp Ripley, April 23, 2022.  “The purpose of the FRAT is to train commanders, their command teams, liaisons, and Soldier and Family Readiness Group volunteers on all aspects of establishing and maintaining
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Minnesota Guard members thrive through education benefits

March 11, 2022 (COTTAGE GROVE, Minn.) — From a saxophone player in the South Dakota National Guard to a United States Military Academy West Point graduate, Active-duty officer, enlisted, and now serving in the Minnesota National Guard, Army Capt. Jessica Haugaard has had an interesting career to say the least. In addition to graduating from
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Minnesota Soldiers reenlist on Norwegian mountain peak

Seven Soldiers with the Minnesota National Guard took the opportunity to reenlist, extending their service, on top of Hofjellet Mountain in the Trøndelag region of Norway, on March 30, 2022. Spc. Jonathan Erickson, Sgt. Tara Anderson, Sgt. Justin Rose, Sgt. Nicholas Buban, Sgt. Craig Wilking, Staff Sgt. Kyle Bruflodt and Sgt. 1st Class Nicolas Romie
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Minnesota medics bring medical care to remote Alaskan island communities

May 14, 2022 (KODIAK ISLAND, Alaska) – Minnesota National Guard service members with the 204th Medical Company Area Support (MCAS) mobilized to Kodiak, Alaska in support of Arctic Care 2022, May 3-14. Arctic Care is an annual Innovative Readiness Training program which partners with the Kodiak Area Native Association, providing medical, dental, optometry, and veterinary
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Taking on new heights: Minnesota Guard supports Croatian partners during helicopter donation

Members of the Croatian Armed Forces, the U.S.’s Minnesota National Guard and dignitaries from both nations held a ceremony commemorating the U.S. donation of two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters to the Republic of Croatia at the 91st Air Base near Pleso, Croatia on May 25, 2022. As official partners through the National Guard Bureau’s State
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Cyber-Soldier makes history for Minnesota’s Hmong community 

Growing up in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Rose Xiong always admired the courage, selflessness, and discipline of Soldiers.  When a friend told her she could enlist in the National Guard without giving up her goal of being a full-time college student and completing a degree, she took a chance and joined.  “I was that kid always
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Camp Ripley Leadership Provides an Update to Local Communities

April 8, 2022 (Little Falls, Minnesota) — Camp Ripley leadership begins annual community updates “Camp Ripley 101” to surrounding communities starting next week. “Providing the Camp Ripley 101 to our local communities is essential to us,” said Army Brig. Gen. Lowell Kruse, the Minnesota National Guard’s Assistant Adjutant General and Camp Ripley’s Senior Commander. “We
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Norwegian Home Guard, Minnesota National Guard Troops Train with Local Law Enforcement

April 2, 2022 (Little Falls, Minnesota) – Camp Ripley hosts local law enforcement who will provide asymmetric training to Minnesota and Norwegian Home Guard troops during the 49th Norwegian exchange. “Camp Ripley and the Minnesota National Guard have always been able to respond to any situation that the State of Minnesota requires us,” said Army
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Minnesota National Guard’s 347th Regional Support Group Scheduled to Deploy

April 1, 2022 (Brooklyn Park, Minnesota)– In April 2022, the Brooklyn Park-based 347th Regional Support Group will deploy more than 80 Soldiers to various locations across the Middle East to provide contingency and expeditionary base operations support, manage facilities, provide administrative and logistical support to Soldier services, and ensure the security of personnel and facilities
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Camp Ripley Welcomes Community to New Fire Hall Grand Opening

March 30, 2022 (Little Falls, Minnesota)– The Minnesota National Guard’s Camp Ripley is celebrating their new fire hall with a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday. “The new fire hall enables our fire department to continue to serve Camp Ripley and the surroundingcommunities,” said Army Brig. Gen. Lowell Kruse, Senior Commander for Camp Ripley.
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Guard Celebrates Brainerd Armory Grand Opening

March 24, 2022 (Brainerd, Minnesota)– The Minnesota National Guard is celebrating the newly remodeled Brainerd Armory with a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday. “The remodeled Brainerd Armory is a quality, eco-friendly building that will enhance training, bring new capabilities to the area, and contribute to the mission readiness of the Soldiers in the
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