Blazing a path to the top 1%

Attaining the rank of sergeant major is not an easy task. Less than 1% of the Army is comprised of Soldiers holding the rank.  To achieve the rank, master and first sergeants must complete 18 months of rigorous distance learning and a two-week resident course phase at the Sergeants Major Academy at Fort Bliss, Texas. 
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Service and Friendship – one story of Vietnam

Former 148th Fighter Wing Commander, retired Brig. Gen. Kenneth J. Stromquist, has a long, storied military career having served in both the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard for 31-years. One of his first chapters starts at III Corps, South Vietnam where Stromquist served as an O-2 Skymaster pilot with the 19th Tactical Air
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A Unique Path to Leadership

Vince Lombardi once said, “leaders are made, they are not born.” Leadership is a skill that is developed over time through experience, reflection, study and practice. 148th Fighter Wing Vice Commander, Col. Babette S. Van Hees brings a diverse set of experiences to her role. Van Hees enlisted in the U.S. Air Force as a
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2023 Minnesota Air National Guard Flight of Honor accepting nominations

The Minnesota Air National Guard Memorialization Board is accepting nominations for possible candidates to be inducted into the 2023 Minnesota Air National Guard (MN ANG) Flight of Honor Induction Program, Joint Force Headquarters, MN. –Memorialization Regulation JFMNR 36-3108 (dtd 6Dec21) v2 ***Nomination must include narrative of both military and civilian leadership service (example narrative Appendix
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Leadership, a way of life

Leadership is more than just a word for Minnesota National Guard service members, Air Force Lt. Col. Gina Keppeler and Army Lt. Col. Sarah Witt, who are currently attending the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Instead, they say, it is a way of life. “I hope my experience inspires someone to take on
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A Year in the Guard: Sprinting Through to Retirement

“I came back to Minnesota and was done with the military. I was literally out. But I had these uniforms hanging in my closet and I couldn’t throw them out. I thought, ‘It would just be nice to wear those things out.’” Command Chief Master Sgt. Mark Legvold enlisted in the Active Duty Air Force
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Meet the 148th Fighter Wing’s ‘Aces of the ASVAB’

The perfect score. What does that mean? What does it look like? I recently became aware of an Airman who scored a perfect 99 on Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, or ASVAB test. I was intrigued. When discussing this topic with a colleague, I learned there was another Airmen with a perfect 99. An inquiry
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A year in the Guard: Air Force Staff Sgt. Brendan Seepersaud

For many, the years following high school are formative. In U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Brendan Seepersaud’s case, this was especially true. After embarking on a path leading towards a college degree, he had to take a step back from his goals. This eventually led to an enlistment as a Personnel Specialist in the Force
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Minnesota, Norway partner for 50th troop exchange

TRØNDELAG, Norway — More than 100 Minnesota National Guard Airmen and Soldiers are partnering with the Heimevernet, the Norwegian Home Guard, for two weeks of winter warfare training during the 50th U.S./Norway Reciprocal Troop Exchange, Feb. 2-16, 2023. More commonly known as NOREX, the exchange continues to be the longest-running troop exchange in the U.S.
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Youth Platoon Competition brings Comradery to NOREX

The culmination of the 50th anniversary of the U.S.-Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange saw members of the Norwegian Youth form a large team huddle for one final hurrah at Camp Ripley, Minnesota, on Feb. 14, 2023. With arms slung over the shoulders of fellow service members – both Norwegian and Minnesotan – this truly demonstrates the
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Media Advisories

Monticello-based Soldiers to deploy to Guantanamo Bay

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 25, 2017 MONTICELLO, Minn. -More than 120 Soldiers from the Monticello-based 257th Military Police Company will be deploying to U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay in support of Joint Task Force Guantanamo. “Our unit is trained and ready to professionally carry out this very important mission,” said Capt. Jon Schliesing, commander of
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Major General Nash to Continue Service as Adjutant General of Minnesota

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 12, 2016 ST. PAUL, Minn.-After a successful appeal by Governor Mark Dayton to former National Guard Bureau Chief General Frank J. Grass, Major General Richard C. Nash will continue serving the state of Minnesota as Adjutant General until the state’s mandatory retirement, through October 31, 2017. Without Governor Dayton’s action, Major
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Minnesota National Guard hosts fun run to bring awareness to suicide prevention efforts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASESeptember 9, 2016 ST. PAUL, Minn.- The Minnesota National Guard is hosting a “Power of One” Fun Run, Sunday, September 11, during National Suicide Prevention Week to call attention to suicide prevention efforts in the military and civilian communities. The run will take place at the Benjamin Franklin Readiness Center in Arden Hills
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MN National Guard Welcome Home Ceremony

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Feb. 12, 2008, (ROSEVILLE, Minnesota) – Community, friends and family of the 147th Personnel Services Battalion will gather for a Welcome Home Ceremony following the unit’s return from over 12 months of active duty deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom 32 Soldiers from the Roseville based 147th Personnel Services Battalion managed
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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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