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A silver-lining for deployed service member’s family

The Minnesota National Guard’s Army Staff Sgt. Spencer J. Caouette, who is currently deployed to the Middle East, serving as an operations non-commissioned officer in charge with the 347th Regional Support Group, and his wife back at home in Minnesota, Deirdre Caouette, are no strangers to life in the military. Having met in grade school,
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Prioritizing hearts: Respiratory Therapist Reflects on a Deployment of Firsts

In the spring of 2022, U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Nick Baker, 133rd Medical Group, deployed as a respiratory therapist on a Critical Care Air Transport Team (CCAT). “[As] the respiratory care practitioner, I manage the ventilator breathing for the patient, as well as assist the nurse and doctor en route to the next level
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Responding in Unison: Croatia and Minnesota National Guard partner in disaster response

Earthquakes, wildfires, floods, and pandemics. The disasters and emergencies of recent years have affected States and Nations alike. The global community’s increased focus on emergency preparedness and disaster management have strengthened the need to exchange best practices and broaden response plans. The Minnesota National Guard recently brought interagency partners from Minnesota’s Department of Public Safety
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Month of the Military Family: Guard families reflect on military life

Two Minnesota National Guard families shared their thoughts on life as a military family during Month of the Military Family. The Vogel Family Army Sgt. Maj. Joe Vogel serves with the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division personnel section and has 25 years of military service. His wife, Molly, is a Soldier & Family Readiness specialist.
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Minnesota military family adapts, endures Middle East deployment apart

Army Sgt. Mai Vue, a human resources specialist with the Minnesota National Guard’s 147th Human Resources Company, currently deployed to Kuwait, says even though they’re a half a world away, she is getting support and strength from her family. “They are assisting my spouse with my children since daycare is hard for my spouse and
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Honoring a Veterans 71-year journey home

Near midnight on a small airport tarmac in Bismarck, North Dakota, family, and tribal drums greeted the return of the remains of U.S. Army Pfc. Melvin Little Bear, a Korean War veteran who had been missing in action since February 13, 1951. Little Bear later died while in captivity at POW Camp 1 in Chansong,
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The Minnesota National Guard Welcomes a New Command Senior Enlisted Advisor

After more than three years of service as the Minnesota National Guard’s Command Senior Enlisted Leader, Command Sgt. Maj. Brian Soper handed over the reins to Minnesota Air National Guard State Command Chief Lisa Erikson during a ceremony in Saint Paul, Minn. on Nov. 10, 2022. “What I’ll miss most about being the command senior
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Birds of a feather: family members deploy together

Whether it is a fond memory or something one would rather not reminisce on – most siblings are connected by a string of family experiences. For three siblings at the Minnesota National Guard’s 148th Fighter Wing, the thread connecting them is a subdued camouflage in color and has taken them around the world. Tech. Sgt.
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Meet Minnesota National Guard’s Newest Brigadier General

Chris Blomquist, the new Chief of Staff of the Minnesota Air National Guard, was promoted tobrigadier general during a ceremony at the 148th Fighter Wing, Duluth, Minnesota, in front offamily, military leaders, community leaders, and 148th Fighter Wing members on Saturday,September 10, 2022. “In your new role as the Chief of Staff of the Minnesota
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Minnesota companies, organizations unite to support state’s military community

Minnesota companies, organizations unite to support state’s military community Seventy-one Minnesota companies and organizations attended the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon fall conference Nov. 3, 2022, in Eagan to share best practices in supporting military veterans, service members, and their families. “These companies or organizations have dedicated members who work to formalize best practices, resources, recognition,
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Media Advisories

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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Camp Ripley Welcomes the 1-125 Field Artillery Battalion’s New Artillery

May 23, 2022 (Little Falls, Minnesota) – This week, Minnesota National Guard’s Camp Ripley Training Center hosts the New Ulm-based 1-125 Field Artillery Battalion as they test their new A7 Self Propelled Paladin Howitzer on the firing range. “Camp Ripley has been a host to a number of new weapons and support systems, and every
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Minnesota National Guard Activated in Flood Response

MEDIA ADVISORY: For Immediate Release May 20th, 2022 Duluth, Minnesota based Soldiers activated for flood response in Koochiching and St. Louis County. St Paul, Minn. – Forty-five Soldiers of the Duluth-based 1st Battalion, 94th Cavalry Regiment are responding to a request for assistance in Northeast Minnesota. These Soldiers will be providing flood response in the
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Camp Ripley Hosts Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition

Little Falls, Minn. – This week, Minnesota National Guard’s Camp Ripley hosts the ArmyNational Guard Region IV Best Warrior Competition to find the best of the bestnoncommissioned officer and Soldier of the region. “Camp Ripley is a regional training center, which hosts all types of schools, events, andcompetitions, and every time we host, this installation
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