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55th Civil Support Team helps decontaminate water plant during training event

Members of Army North’s Civil Support Training Team, out of Fort Sam Houston, Texas, traveled to Minnesota for a pre-evaluation training exercise with the Minnesota National Guard’s 55th Civil Support Team (CST), at the Columbia Heights Membrane Plant in Columbia Heights, Minnesota, September 20, 2022. “This is part of a larger evaluation that the 55th
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Ninth annual Women’s Leadership Forum

The Minnesota National Guard hosted the 9th Annual Women’s Leadership Forum, Saturday, September 17, at General Mills Headquarters in Golden Valley, Minnesota. “Truly having senior leaders who not just support but advocate for the ability of us to gather to learn together to be our authentic selves is critical as we all develop as leaders,”
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Minnesota National Guard Soldier reflects on his service and heritage

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated across the nation every year from September 15th to October 15th. The Minnesota National Guard values the contributions and service of Hispanic American service members like Staff Sgt. Jaime Reyes, a supply specialist with Joint Force Headquarters Detachment 1. “I initially decided to join for college benefits, and I’ve wanted
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‘We owe it to each other’: Power of One, a suicide awareness 5K

September 11, 2022 (Camp Ripley, Minn.) — On Saturday mornings at Camp Ripley, service members swarm the base, traveling from all over the state, to attend their regular drill weekends. For most, formation marks the beginning of their day. On World Suicide Prevention Day, Sept. 10, a group of service members, friends, family and community
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Minnesota National Guard leader reflects on pivotal career moment

September 14, 2022 (Camp Ripley, Minn.) — Minnesota National Guard Staff Sgt. Ashley Watson joined the Army in 2008 as an administrative assistant but quickly decided she was destined for combat arms. Joining the military as a tanker was a lifelong goal she had already made at 12 Years old. The influence behind this decision came
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At the Fair, Minnesota National Guard celebrates 50 years of employer support

The mood was festive even before the Minnesota National Guard’s 34th Red Bull Infantry Division Band performed their first note on the morning of the Minnesota State Fair’s Military Appreciation Day August 30, 2022, in Falcon Heights. On Tuesday, hundreds of service members, veterans, their families, and supporters gathered to celebrate the annual event. The
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Goeden’s Guitars

Minnesota National Guard Army Sgt. Benjamin Goeden started playing the guitar at the young age of 14. However, he was inspired well before then by the iconic hair bands of the 80s. He can recall his first itch to strum a guitar as he watched the revolution of the rock’n’roll scene unfold into what we
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The first female general in the Minnesota National Guard retires

“You can do anything the boys can do…only better.” Those words from her mother instilled bold confidence in Sandy Best at an early age and paved the runway for her becoming the first female promoted to general officer in the 166-year history of the Minnesota National Guard. Air Force Brig. Gen. Sandy Best was honored
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Minnesota National Guard recognizes partnership with LGBTQ+ community leader, veteran

Aug 17, 2022 (SAINT PAUL, Minn.) —Minnesota’s Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Shawn P. Manke presented Mr. Stephen Rocheford, the President, CEO, and founder of Lavender Media, the Minnesota Superior Civilian Service Award, an award equivalent to the Legion of Merit, during a ceremony at the Veteran’s Service Building in Saint Paul, July 7, 2022. “General
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Minnesota, Iowa National Guards partner in artillery raid training

(ESTHERVILLE, Iowa) – Aviators with the Minnesota National Guard’s Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 147th Assault Helicopter Regiment had the unique opportunity to partner with the Iowa National Guard’s Alpha Battery, 1st Battalion, 194th Field Artillery Regiment, in moving artillery equipment via helicopter, known as sling loading, of M119A3 105mm howitzers on July 28, 2022, in
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Media Advisories

Official Company Welcome Home Ceremony, B 2-211

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sept 21, 2007 Official Company “Welcome Home” Ceremony Family and friends will gather to officially celebrate the return of the Soldiers of Company B, 2nd Battalion, 211 General Support Aviation Battalion following their 22-month deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. B Co had almost 80 Soldiers deployed for 16 months overseas.
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