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The 851st Vertical Engineer Company, based out of Camp Ripley, had their deployment ceremony April 25, 2018, at Little Falls High School. Many family members, friends and community members showed up to send them off with love and support.

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April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month and the Minnesota National Guard is committed to ending sexual assault and harassment within our ranks. Today is Denim Day, an annual campaign in honor of this month.

Denim Day came about after an Italian Supreme Court ruling surrounding consent. You can read more about the day here: http://denimdayinfo.org/about/

Additional Resources for MNNG service members regarding sexual assault can be found here: http://www.minnesotanationalguard.org/sarc/

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Today is #EarthDay and the Minnesota National Guard is dedicated to energy efficiency. Camp Ripley has been recognized as a recipient of the 2018 Secretary of Defense Environmental Award Cultural Resources Management, Large Installation.

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The 55th Civil Support Team conducted an emergency response training exercise with the local FBI office involving a simulated chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear component at the Cottage Grove Armory on April 18, 2018, in Cottage Grove, Minn.

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347th Regional Support Group, Headquarters Company currently deployed in Kuwait is finding time to keep in shape despite dusty days. Cpt. Daraitis was profiled by Women's Running as she trains for Monday's Boston Marathon Shadow Run in the desert.

Military children and their families had the opportunity to go to the Mall of America today and attend an event that is solely dedicated to them. As the children of service members, they share their parent or parents with the military through training and deployments. Share your photos from today and throughout the month using #purpleupmn

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U.S. Senator Tina Smith reads "The Story of Ferdinand" for military children in honor of the Month of the Military Child.

Senator Smith Month of the Military Child book reading

U.S. Senator Tina Smith reads "The Story of Ferdinand" for military children in honor of the Month of the Military Child.

Posted by Minnesota National Guard on Thursday, April 12, 2018

In The National Guard family is an important part of what we do. On #NationalSiblingDay here are some of our Minnesota National Guard members who serve together with their siblings. Post in the comments below a photo with your military sibling.

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Eight Soldiers and six NCOs from across the Minnesota National Guard competed in the State Best Warrior Competition, April 5-8, 2018, at Camp Ripley.

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Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Minnesota National Guard Best Warrior Competition!

Soldier of the Year: SPC Tarrant Collett, 434th Chemical Company
NCO of the Year: SGT Tyler Sparks, Minnesota Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention Battalion

Runners up were SPC Ty Doan with the 834th Aviation Support Battalion and SSG Justin Johnson with the 34th Military Police Company Stillwater MN.

Enjoy the photos from this year's events!

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Fourteen Soldiers from units across the Minnesota National Guard competed in the 2018 State Best Warrior Competition, April 5-8, 2018, at Camp Ripley. (Minnesota National Guard video by Cpl. Hugo Wong-Cardona)

2018 State Best Warrior Competition

Fourteen Soldiers from units across the Minnesota National Guard competed in the 2018 State Best Warrior Competition, April 5-8, 2018, at Camp Ripley. (Minnesota National Guard video by Cpl. Hugo Wong-Cardona)

Posted by Minnesota National Guard on Sunday, April 8, 2018

Lt. Col. Patricia Baker, commander of the 1st Battalion, 175th Regiment - RTI "Courage Prevails" spoke to MPR News about her career in the Minnesota National Guard. https://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/07/lt-col-patricia-baker-shares-experience-of-career-in-national-guard

Today we honor and recognize Gold Star spouses of fallen service members on this Gold Star Spouses Day.

Gold Star Spouses' Day

Today is Gold Star Spouses Day. It's a time to remember and honor the surviving husbands and wives of fallen service members. Gold Star wife Naomi explains why the observance is important to her. #KnowYourMilTo learn more about the Gold Star lapel buttons and other symbols of honor worn by surviving family members, visit www.symbolsofhonor.org.

Posted by U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) on Thursday, April 5, 2018

Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen, Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General, recently toured the 148th Fighter Wing in Duluth, Minnesota.

During the visit, Jensen and a team of senior leadership were briefed on the 148th’s mission and capabilities. The group also toured the base to meet the Airmen and see the Wing at work firsthand.

The Adjutant General is the administrative head of the Minnesota Department of Military Affairs and the leader of the Minnesota National Guard, an organization with more than 13,000 members who live and work throughout the state.
(National Guard photos by Capt. Nathan Wallin)

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Identities of Minnesota National Guard service members are being used on Facebook as well as on other social platforms to scam users for money. These are typically "romance scams" where the scammer will build the trust of another person online to get them to send money. It is a good idea to search your name online to know what people can find about you, and to ensure your privacy settings on your social media profiles are secured. Read more below: https://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/03/minnesota-national-guard-stuck-facebook-identify-scam

Professional MMA fighter and Minnesota National Guard Soldier, Sgt. Linsey Williams is preparing for her second deployment with the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division while training full-time in mixed martial arts. (Minnesota National Guard video by Sgt. Sebastian Nemec) #mnngwhm

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Professional MMA fighter and Minnesota National Guard Soldier, Sgt. Linsey Williams is preparing for her second deployment with the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division while training full-time in mixed martial arts. (Minnesota National Guard video by Sgt. Sebastian Nemec) #mnngwhm

Posted by Minnesota National Guard on Friday, March 30, 2018

On National Vietnam Veterans Day, we recognize and thank those who served and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War.

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Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen, Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General, recently toured the 133rd Airlift Wing in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

During the visit, Jensen and a team of senior leadership were briefed on the 133rd's mission and capabilities. The group also toured the base to meet the Airmen and see the Wing at work firsthand.

The Adjutant General is the administrative head of the Minnesota Department of Military Affairs and the leader of the Minnesota National Guard, an organization with more than 13,000 members who live and work throughout the state.

(National Guard photos by Capt. Nathan Wallin)

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Please take a moment today to remember Staff Sgt. Greg Riewer who was killed in action March 23, 2007, near Fallujah, Iraq, while serving with the 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry. (More: http://www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org/soldiers_and_airmen/fallen_riewer.php)

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Submission by Master Sgt. Emmett Klucas:
"I am in awe of my wife's service to our great nation. But most importantly for us, right now, is what she does every single day as Mommy and ranking officer of the household. She is Mommy strong every single day!" - Nathan Klucas

March is National Women's History Month and we want to hear stories about the women veterans in your families. Share your stories and tag us using #mnngwhm

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Col. Angela Steward-Randle grew up in a military family – her father served in the Army on active duty – but it was a chance encounter with a friend at college that led her to want to make the military a career.
Steward-Randle is now nearing the end of a 30-year military career as one of the most senior African American women in the history of the Minnesota National Guard. It’s a career she’s found rewarding, not because of the rank she’s achieved, but because of the people she’s been able to impact along the way.
Read more: http://www.minnesotanationalguard.org/press_room/e-zine/articles/index.php?item=5128

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"The Minnesota Army National Guard's efforts to bring preservation of the past into the 21st century at Camp Ripley earned them the 2017 Secretary of the Army Environmental Award for the cultural resources management team category."

Submitted by Senior Airman Hope Tucker:

“My great aunt Darcy Richter served in the Marine Corps from 1987-1991.
She served in the HMX-1 Squadron, also known as Marine Helicopter Squadron One. HMX-1 is responsible for transporting the President of the United States, the Vice President, the Heads of States, DOD officials, and other VIP passengers. Darcy went to school to be Military Police, and ended up graduating in the top ten of her class. Being in the top ten, she was offered a position as a guard for HMX-1. Darcy served as a guard for Marine One when Reagan and Bush were in their second term as President and Vice President.

Here is a short story that she recalls from her time working with the
Reagan:

‘He was attending a party in New York in celebration of his [Reagan's] birthday and there was particularly nasty weather that day. He came up to me and apologized for the nasty weather. I wished him 'Happy Birthday'. To my surprise, he asked back, "When is your birthday?" I replied, "My birthday is also today, Sir." He continued to wish me a 'Happy Birthday' and then asked me where I was from. I replied to him that I was from Dixon, IL and it turned out that Reagan was also from Dixon, IL! He didn't have much time to continue to talk to me, so I wished him a safe flight and away he went. Talking to him was one of my greatest moments and I will remember it always. On top of getting to speak to President Reagan, my Sergeant ended up letting me work and guard the front door for my birthday that night. Best birthday gifts ever!’”

March is National Women's History Month and we want to hear stories about the women veterans in your families. Share your stories and tag us using #mnngwhm

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The strong heritage of the Air National Guard was started here in Minnesota and continues to grow stronger thanks to a few brave aviation pioneers from St. Paul.

Aviation Pioneers Plaque Dedication

Celebrating our Air National Guard heritage this week by helping dedicate a plaque to aviation pioneers whose cross-country flight resulted in the Minnesota National Guard's 109th Observation Squadron becoming the first federally-recognized flying unit in The National Guard. The 109th Observation Squadron's legacy is carried on today as the 133rd Airlift Wing.United States Air Force | Air Mobility Command | Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling | U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)

Posted by Air National Guard Director on Friday, March 9, 2018
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