Reintegration events smooth transition for returning members, families

August 1, 2022 (Bloomington, Minn.) — More than six months after the Minnesota National Guard’s ‘Task Force 1-194,’ made up of members of the Brainerd-based 1st Combined Arms Battalion, of the 194th Armor Regiment returned from a deployment to the Middle East, service members are settling back into their lives. “I missed my wife a
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Minnesota service members compete in All-Guard National Best Warrior Competition, build lifelong friendships

July 30, 2022 (SMYRNA, Tenn.) – Two Minnesota National Guard service members are competing in the All-Guard National Best Warrior Competition, July 24-29, 2022, near Smyrna, Tennessee. They are part of 14 finalists representing the best of the best in the Army National Guard. “It’s just been phenomenal watching these young Soldiers reach their full
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A friendly competition: Minnesota National Guard Soldiers compete in Croatian Best Soldier Competition

May 26, 2022 (SLUNJ, Croatia) – The morning of May 26, 2022, dawned hot and muggy – setting the tone for more than 70 competitors as they faced eight tests of skill and endurance during the Croatian Best Soldier Competition. For a decade, Croatia has hosted the prestigious competition and facilitated strong partnerships by bringing
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Labor leaders celebrate 25-year partnership helping service members

Leaders from labor unions across the state came together for a tour of Minnesota National Guard training facilities, June 10, 2022. Their journey began at the General John W. Vessey Readiness Center in Arden Hills, Minnesota where they learned about the Minnesota National Guard’s history and the importance of community partnerships. They also discussed employer
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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 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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Brainerd-Based Minnesota National Guard Task Force 1-194 to Begin Returning to Minnesota

January 27, 2022 (Brainerd, Minnesota) — More than 1000 Soldiers from Task Force 1-194 based in Brainerd, Minnesota, will begin returning to Minnesota tomorrow after deploying to the Middle East. “Our Soldiers had a successful and historic deployment executing missions at 12 locations in nine different countries,” said Army Lt. Col. Jake Helgestad, Task Force
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St Cloud-Based Minnesota National Guard Aviators Begin Returning to Minnesota

January 8, 2022 (St. Cloud, Minnesota)– Nearly 60 Soldiers from the B Company, 1st General Support Aviation Battalion, 171st Aviation Regiment based in St. Cloud, Minnesota, will begin returning to Minnesota today after a deployment to Kuwait and Iraq. “After being overseas for as long as we were, it feels great to be back in
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