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

Military Appreciation Day at Minnesota’s State Fair; Honoring Employers of Military

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:Aug. 26, 2022Military Appreciation Day at Minnesota’s State Fair; Honoring Employers of MilitaryFamilies FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. – The Minnesota State Fair’s eleventh Military Appreciation Daytakes place Tuesday, and this year’s theme is honoring employers of military families.“The Minnesota National Guard is a part-time job for more than 10,000 members. Our servicemembers and their
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Minnesota National Guard’s First Female General Officer Retires

MEDIA ADVISORY: For Immediate ReleaseAugust 22, 2022Minnesota National Guard’s First Female General Officer Retires ST PAUL, Minn. – Tomorrow, at a location in St. Paul, the Minnesota National Guard celebratesthe retirement of the first female general officer after she served more than 38 years for theorganization. “My greatest accomplishment in my 38 years career is
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Minnesota National Guard Gains New Yellow Ribbon Partner

MEDIA ADVISORY: For Immediate ReleaseJuly 19, 2022 MANKATO, Minn. – Tomorrow, the Minnesota National Guard will gain the Minnesota StateBuilding and Construction Trades Council as the 83rd yellow ribbon company since the inceptionof the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Program in 2008. “One of the Minnesota National Guard’s priorities is partnerships, and without a doubt, theMinnesota
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Minnesota National Guard to Recognize Airmen of the Year for 2021 & 2022

MEDIA ADVISORY: For Immediate ReleaseJuly 19, 2022 ST. PAUL, Minn. – Tomorrow, Minnesota National Guard leaders will recognize 10 Airmen fortheir outstanding performance at St. Paul’s Veterans Service Building. “Taking a moment to recognize the individual Airmen who have gone above and beyond in theirprimary duties is vital as people are the center of any
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Rabbi Kamil Joins Minnesota National Guard

(July 15, 2022) ST. PAUL, Minn.- Tomorrow, the Minnesota National Guard will conduct a swearing-in ceremony on the stairs of the Minnesota State Capitol for Rabbi Kamil, adding to the diversity within the chaplain section. “I have always wanted to join the military,” remarked Rabbi Frederick Kamil. “To serve those who servethat’s how I want
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