A year in the Guard: a new chapter for chief

Life in the military requires a significant commitment. At first, for those joining the National Guard, the classic “One weekend a month, two weeks a year” sounds simple and manageable enough. Over the years, though, those weekends add up. The annual training periods add up. Deployments have become almost inevitable, as well. If that gets
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Minnesota National Guard member celebrates Native American Heritage Month

Spc. Lula Lemieux, also as Mahnk Ska Jaing, embodies the spirit of resilience and cultural diversity within the Minnesota National Guard. At the age of 17, she enlisted as a human resource specialist because of the educational benefits the Minnesota National Guard provided. She also wanted to help educate Soldiers about their benefits. In a
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New Minnesota National Guard team supports members, families

When Army Maj. Gen. Shawn Manke was appointed Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard, he outlined three priorities, with “people” at the top of his list. The Minnesota National Guard views its people as the greatest strength and most valuable resource required to complete missions. Fast forward to August 2022 and the establishment of
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Continuation pay bonus available for Minnesota service members

“’Do you want more money?’ That’s what I ask Soldiers,” said Nick Hirdler, the interim incentives manager for the Minnesota National Guard. “The biggest thing is Soldier care; I am very passionate about that.” Hirdler, who also serves as a cook and culinary specialist with I Company, 134th Brigade Sustainment Battalion has been a part
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Reflecting on military family life during Month of the Military Family

As part of the Month of the Military Family observance in November, two Minnesota National Guard families shared their thoughts on life as a military family. The Trisco Family Air Force Master Sgt. Alyson Trisco and her husband, Air Force Master Sgt. Shane Trisco, have been serving in the military a combined total of 29
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Minnesota companies, organizations meet to support military connected employees 

Almost 100 individuals representing companies and organizations across Minnesota gathered at the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Fall Conference on Nov. 2, 2023 at Capital One in St. Cloud to connect, learn, and develop ways to support the state’s military community.  November is Month of the Military Family, and the conference theme was “Helping our Military
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Minnesota Cyber Team protects the web through partnerships

2023 ushered in a new era of modernization and partnership for the Minnesota National Guard’s 177th Cyber Protection Team, as they traveled across the globe to train with partners in other states and nations. These missions honed their proficiency in the cyber domain and took them to Italy, Germany, Slovenia, Tunisia, Morocco, and Norway.  “This has
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Putting on the miles

“I really didn’t run until I joined the Army when I was 17,” said Army Staff Sgt. Jennifer St. Amand, a recruiter with the Minnesota National Guard’s Recruiting and Retention Battalion. “I was in basic training and the drill sergeants made a big deal about it; it lit a fire in me to continue to
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The Minnesota National Guard to build fitness facility at Arden Hills Army Training Site

The Minnesota National Guard is receiving a brand-new facility to assist in their goal of keeping Soldiers in the Minnesota National Guard in peak condition with the help of the Army’s Holistic Health and Fitness program and professionals. According to the Army’s website,, Holistic Health and Fitness, known as H2F, is the Army’s new
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2023 legislative wins for Minnesota National Guard 

The 2023 state and federal legislative sessions can be described as a big win for the Minnesota Department of Military Affairs and the Minnesota National Guard.  The capital resulting from the sessions will fund a variety of projects to improve facilities, readiness, and equipment.  According to the Department of Military Affairs Executive Director, Don Kerr,
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Media Advisories

Minnesota National Guard to Recognize Airmen of the Year for 2023

MEDIA ADVISORY: For Immediate Release May 4, 2023 ST. PAUL, Minn. – Saturday, Minnesota National Guard leaders will recognize five Airmen for their outstanding performance at St. Paul’s Veterans Service Building. “Taking a moment to recognize the individual Airmen who have gone above and beyond in their primary duties is vital as people are the
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34th Red Bull Infantry Division Association to Unveil Memorial at Fort Snelling National Cemetery

MEDIA ADVISORY: For Immediate Release May 4, 2023 MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – This Saturday, a monument sponsored by the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division Association will be unveiled at the Minneapolis-based Fort Snelling National Cemetery in honor of past, current, and future members of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division. “This all started with a small
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133rd Airlift Wing Supports Humanitarian Assistance Program to Nicaragua

MEDIA ADVISORY: For Immediate ReleaseApril 25, 2023 ST PAUL, Minn. – Tomorrow, service members with the Minnesota National Guard’s 133rd Airlift Wing, Air Transportation Function, will support a Denton Humanitarian Assistance Program movement to Nicaragua. “It’s significant to be a part of the Denton mission,” said U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Piontek, vice commander of
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Minnesota National Guard’s 34th Infantry Division Artillery Uncases its Colors in Formal Ceremony

MEDIA ADVISORY: For Immediate ReleaseApril 13, 2023 ARDEN HILLS, Minn. – Saturday, the Minnesota National Guard will conduct a uncasing flag ceremony, standing up the first division artillery headquarters in the Army National Guard since the divestiture of all Army division artillery units between 2005 to 2007. “The uncasing of the 34th DIVARTY guidon is
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Minnesota National Guard, Mall of America to Host Event for Military-Connected Children

MEDIA ADVISORY: For Immediate Release April 13, 2023 BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – To celebrate the Month of the Military Child, the MinnesotaNational Guard Child & Youth Program, in partnership with Mall of America, will host the 9th annual Purple Up Open House on Friday to recognize the commitment, contributions, andsacrifices military-connected youth make for our nation.
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