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Reintegration events smooth transition for returning members, families

August 1, 2022 (Bloomington, Minn.) — More than six months after the Minnesota National Guard’s ‘Task Force 1-194,’ made up of members of the Brainerd-based 1st Combined Arms Battalion, of the 194th Armor Regiment returned from a deployment to the Middle East, service members are settling back into their lives. “I missed my wife a
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Minnesota service members compete in All-Guard National Best Warrior Competition, build lifelong friendships

July 30, 2022 (SMYRNA, Tenn.) – Two Minnesota National Guard service members are competing in the All-Guard National Best Warrior Competition, July 24-29, 2022, near Smyrna, Tennessee. They are part of 14 finalists representing the best of the best in the Army National Guard. “It’s just been phenomenal watching these young Soldiers reach their full
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A friendly competition: Minnesota National Guard Soldiers compete in Croatian Best Soldier Competition

May 26, 2022 (SLUNJ, Croatia) – The morning of May 26, 2022, dawned hot and muggy – setting the tone for more than 70 competitors as they faced eight tests of skill and endurance during the Croatian Best Soldier Competition. For a decade, Croatia has hosted the prestigious competition and facilitated strong partnerships by bringing
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Labor leaders celebrate 25-year partnership helping service members

Leaders from labor unions across the state came together for a tour of Minnesota National Guard training facilities, June 10, 2022. Their journey began at the General John W. Vessey Readiness Center in Arden Hills, Minnesota where they learned about the Minnesota National Guard’s history and the importance of community partnerships. They also discussed employer
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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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Media Advisories

Minnesota National Guard to send aviation assets to support Hurricane Harvey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 1, 2017 ST. PAUL, Minn.-Governor Dayton has approved 11 soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard’s 34th Combat Aviation Brigade to support response efforts for Hurricane Harvey. The soldiers will depart today from St. Cloud via CH-47 chinook helicopters to conduct aviation operations in Texas. “I am glad that Minnesota will be
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500 Minnesota soldiers notified for 2018 deployment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 13, 2017 ROSEMOUNT, Minn.-More than 500 Soldiers from the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division headquarters have been notified of a possible deployment to Southwest Asia beginning in the fall of 2018. “The Red Bulls maintain a high level of readiness, and over the next 12 months, our soldiers will train for
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Camp Ripley to host National Guard Best Warrior Competition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 10, 2017 CAMP RIPLEY, Minn.- Fourteen soldiers from 12 states, representing seven Army National Guard regions will compete July 17-20 at Camp Ripley in the Army National Guard’s Best Warrior Competition. “This competition will test the soldiers’ ability to perform tasks that are vital to our ability to fight and win
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National Guard Best Warriors to compete in road march around Lake Itasca

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 7, 2017 PARK RAPIDS, Minn.- Fourteen National Guard Soldiers from 12 states will be competing July 17-20, at Camp Ripley in the Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition. As part of the competition, the soldiers will complete a road march around Lake Itasca the morning of July 20, ending at the
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Response exercise in Duluth will involve military and civilian first responders from Minnesota and Wisconsin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 2, 2017 DULUTH, Minn.-Soldiers and Airmen from the Minnesota and Wisconsin National Guard will be conducting a domestic response exercise with local first responders in Duluth and Superior, June 4-7, 2017. Some of the training will be visible to the public and take place in public areas including the former Duluth
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