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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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2/147 AHB, Camp Ripley, and Canadian Lake Superior Scottish Regiment conduct Joint Training

March 19, 2022 (Little Falls, Minnesota)– Camp Ripley is hosting the Canadian Lake Superior Scottish Regiment (LSSR) and 2/147 Assault Helicopter Battalion (AHB) from March 16th until March 20th to conduct joint training missions at Camp Ripley Training Center. “We are always grateful and excited to have our Canadian Partners train here at Camp Ripley,”
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34th Red Bull Infantry Division Gains New Commanding General

March 11, 2022 (Arden Hills, Minnesota)– Army Maj. Gen. Mike Wickman will relinquish command of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division to Army Brig. Gen. Charles Kemper in a ceremony on Saturday at the General Vessey Readiness Center at Arden Hills, Minnesota. “As leaders, we are charged with leaving every organization better than we found
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Minnesota National Guard’s 148th Fighter Wing Scheduled to Deploy

March 3, 2022 (Duluth, Minnesota)– This spring, the Duluth-based 148th Fighter Wing will deploy more than 300 Airmen and its F-16 aircraft overseas to conduct U.S. Air Forces Central Command (AFCENT) missions in the U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) area. While deployed, the 148th will deliver dominant coalition air power with the USAFCENT partners to secure
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Chief of the National Guard Biathlon Race Held at Minnesota National Guard’s Camp Ripley

February 15, 2022 (Little Falls, Minnesota)– Starting this past Saturday, Camp Ripley is hosting the Annual Chief of the National Guard Biathlon Race, with more than 120 competitors from 20 states competing for the championship. “We are always excited to host this event on the base,” said Army Brig. Gen. Lowell Kruse, the Minnesota National
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Minnesota National Guard Partners with Coast Guard, Navy for Dive Training

January 31, 2022 (Little Falls, Minnesota)– Camp Ripley is currently hosting the United States Coast Guard and Navy in under-ice water diving training this month and in February. “As our focus shifts to a different environment, Camp Ripley is proud to work together with our Navy and Coast Guard partners. We welcome them to our
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