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Minnesota National Guard Celebrates Black History Month

Black History is American History The history of Black Americans in the Minnesota National Guard is influenced by a larger history of Black Americans in the United States

Through the course of our American history, Black Americans have endured racism and social injustice in all aspects of life However, Black Americans have continually volunteered and fought bravely in service to the nation

Black Americans fought for the freedom of the United States as early as the formation of the country In the Revolutionary war, both slaves and free Blacks fought for the Continental Army when General George Washington lifted the ban on black enlistment in 1776 In the American Civil War, Black Americans continued to face discrimination and continued to serve Even through obstacles of less-equipped, segregated units, and reduced pay, Black Americans led some of the most noteworthy campaigns of the war

Following the Civil War, Black Americans continued to serve through hardships from their fellow troops in wars including the Indian Wars, the Spanish-American War, World War I, and World War II Through these wars, famous Black Units fought bravely and made names for themselves Among these troops are the Buffalo Soldiers who led the across the Great Plains in the Indian Wars, and the Tuskegee Airmen who fought in World War II as the 332d Fighter Group of the US Army Air Corps

In 1948, President Harry Truman ordered the integration and equal opportunity of all troops, however segregation carried on into the Korean War

Today, Black Americans serve in many capacities in the Minnesota National Guard as well as the United States Military Though Black Guardsmen face challenges created by our nation's history, they continually work with all other races in the Guard to ensure that the only colors of the Soldiers and Airmen of our organization are green and blue

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Former Guardsman Continues to Lead, Mentor
02/12/2016

Diversity from within the ranks
02/17/2015

Red Tail Squadron brings story of the Tuskegee Airmen to the Minnesota National Guard
02/10/2015

Civilian dentist and doctor, National Guard general named Black Engineer of the Year
02/09/2015

Minnesota National Guard hosts Martin Luther King, Jr. Day observation
01/10/2015

Army Aviator reflects on Government Shutdown
11/01/2013

Habitat For Humanity Builds Home in Crystal for Woman in Minn. National Guard (video)
10/19/2013

National Guard Soldier observes Ramadan during Annual Training
08/08/2013

Minnesota aviator setting the conditions for success for his children
06/14/2013

Tuskegee Airman, Duluth native monumentalized
06/23/2012

Funeral Services Announced for Spc. Carlos E. Wilcox IV
07/23/2009

Minnesota Military Radio interview with Minnesota's last Tuskegee Airman, Maj. Joe Gomer
5 Feb., 2012

Lt. Col. Williams takes charge of General Studies Battalion
7 May, 2011

Minnesota Military Radio interview with Lt. Col. Hiram Mann, an original Tuskegee Airman
27 Feb., 2011

Maj. Gen. Nash speech transcript

Black History Month Remarks.pdf
6 Feb. 2011

Returning vets of color face unique challenges

5 July, 2010

Minnesota National Guard celebrates Dr. King at MLK Breakfast
18 Jan., 2010

Guard leaders meet with General Colin L. Powell at MLK Breakfast
25 Jan., 2009

Soldiers gain citizenship while serving in Minnesota National Guard
6 Mar., 2008

Lt. James Reese Europe: Black American, Citizen-Soldier, American Hero
Feb., 2008


Liberian left for Iraq an immigrant returns a U.S. citizen
2008

Black History Month video
1 Feb., 2007

Minnesota National Guard Celebrates Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr. Day

15 Jan., 2007

Minnesota National Guard Honors Black History
Photo gallery
2007

Black History Month is Celebrated at the 133rd Airlift Wing podcast
Maj. Theo Williams of the 133rd Medical Group and Master Sgt. Stefeni Heyerdahl of the Mission Support Flight talk about their careers in the Minnesota National Guard.
(Run time 3:28, recorded 7/22/06)

Soldiers pledge allegiance to adopted country
Sep., 2006


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List of Historical Black Colleges/Universities

White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges/Universities

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Minnesota State Fair Military Appreciation Day to recognize women veterans

Posted: 2018-08-27  12:34 PM
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August 27, 2018

ST. PAUL, Minn.- The Minnesota State Fair's eighth annual Military Appreciation Day will take place Tuesday, August 28, and provide an educational opportunity for all fairgoers to learn about Minnesota's military community. This year's theme is honoring Minnesota's women veterans.

"The Minnesota State Fair is a great opportunity to bring our community together to show appreciation for the service and sacrifice of our state's veterans," said Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen, The Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard. "This year, I am proud to stand with women veterans as we highlight their stories and contributions to our armed forces."



Minnesota Guardsmen learn survival skills, train with Norwegian counterparts

Posted: 2018-07-03  01:36 PM
NOREX 45 Over the course of 10 days, 100 Soldiers and Airmen from the Minnesota National Guard who traveled to Norway June 17-26, 2018, for the 45th Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange learned valuable survival skills and shared their knowledge with members of the Norwegian Home Guard. This year's exchange was the second to take place during the summer months in the history of the longest-running military partnership between two nations.

"It was a great experience for both the Minnesota National Guard and the Norwegian Home Guard," said Capt. 'Kiwi' HorgA�ien, the senior Norwegian instructor. "A cultural exchange, a social exchange and military exchange all packed into one."

The 45th exchange got off to a late start, with flight delays causing the trip to be shortened from its normal length of two weeks. The delay meant that the Minnesota Guardsmen jumped right into training, heading out to the field after just a few hours of sleep.



133rd Airlift Wing Emphasizes Combat Readiness Training

Posted: 2018-06-29  10:48 AM
Alpena ALPENA, Michigan - Approximately 300 U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 133rd Airlift Wing participated in a readiness exercise at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Alpena, Mich.

The exercise, tagged as Iron Ore, was designed test the Airmen abilities to set up operations at an unfamiliar location and receive in depth training on Ability-To-Survive and Operate (ATSO) principles while supporting airlift and aeromedical flight operations.

To ensure mission success and readiness, Airmen had to complete training at home station prior to leaving for Alpena. Some of this training included weapons qualification, gas mask fit testing, Mission Oriented Protective Posture (MOPP) familiarization, self-aid and buddy care and career field training.



Red Bulls Kickoff Division Warfighter

Posted: 2018-06-13  01:38 PM
DIV WFX CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. - "A Warfighter is an exercise that allows the Division to evaluate their ability to maneuver assets in a battle," said Master Sgt. Greg Weaver, the Operations Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge for the Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion. "It is designed to focus on particular areas and specific objectives to be evaluated or tested."

The Division has geared its' planning and training efforts in preparation for Warfighter since July 2017. Coordinating transportation for Soldiers and equipment was often on the mind of Maj. David Johansson, the logistics officer for the 34th ID. With the coordination of Johansson and his team, troops and equipment all converged on Camp Atterbury, enlisting the help of 89 railcars, 280 tractor-trailers, and nearly 50 buses for the movement.

"I like to say my job is to 'quiet the noise'". Johansson continued, "The noise being a real life logistical problem that could impede the exercise."



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