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Minnesota National Guard
Minnesota Guard Supports Community Flood Response

The Minnesota National Guard supports civil authorities during flood reponse efforts with a plan that communicates and documents our role of supporting civil authorities by providing forces and resources within Minnesota in response to spring flooding in order to protect life, property and provide security

- The Minnesota National Guard, under the direction of the Governor, will provide assistance to civil authorities to support flood response efforts

- When requested, the Minnesota National Guard will stand alongside neighbors and friends in flood response

- The Minnesota National Guard has nearly 14,000 Soldiers and Airmen available to assist with flood response operations

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Minnesota Guardsmen to respond to flooding in Henderson

Minnesota Guardsmen to respond to flooding in International Falls


National Guard Teams Up to Help Minot

Minot Flood photos

National Guard, Red Cross Still In Minot

Minnesota Guard engineers clean up Minot after flood


Minnesota Guard artillery Soldiers secure Minot during flood operations


Relief from the East

Neighbors working together

Oslo Becomes An Island, Again

The Defense of Oslo

Story of the Story

Minnesota Guard Quick Reaction Force Responds in Moorhead

Flood turns Minn. prairie town into temporary island (audio)

Fargo officials say water, intensity dropping (video)

Tiny Minn. town beats back flood waters

MN Guard practices quick reaction to levee breaches or breaks

300 Minn. Guard Soldiers on patrol in flood zone 04/11/2011

Video: Red River Flood Response

Minnesota Guard communications platform responds to Red River floods

Video: Oakport Township, Minnesota Flooding

Water receding in Fargo, but rural areas still threatened

Video: Red River Flood Response Press Conference

Dayton visits Moorhead to view flood preparations

Video: Soldiers Support Red River Flood Response

Soldiers support Red River flood response

Dayton declares flood emergency

National Guard to arrive in Moorhead

Rep. John Kline tours potential flooding areas in Second District

National Guard Flies to Higher Ground (video)

Flood of 1965: Mississippi River sets record crest

Deployment Of Floodwall At St. Paul Downtown Airport Underway


Flood preparation meetings take much of Dayton's day

Minnesota National Guard partners with community for flood planning

National Guard ready for Minn. flooding


2010 Flood Fight video

Cleaning Up After Flooding in Mankato 10/18/2010

Guard Soldiers fight Wabasha County floods 09/24/2010

Governor readies National Guard to help flood-stricken areas 09/24/2010

New floodwall keeps Nat'l Guard facility dry at St. Paul airport 03/25/2010

Flood Fight 2010 in Oslo
Written by Tech. Sgt. Brett. R. Ewald, 3/22/10

Dike and Pump Patrols in Georgetown
Written by Tech. Sgt. Brett R. Ewald, 3/21/10

Radio truck boosts flood coordination
Written by Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Ewer, 3/20/10

TOC keeps flood fighters functional
Written by Spc. J. Princeville Lawrence, 3/18/10

Minnesota Guard Activated for Flood Duty 03/16/2010


Minnesota Guard Soldiers Thanked for Flood Assistance
Written by Spc. Joshua Dodds and Senior Master Sgt. Ralph Kapustka, 4/25/09

More than 750 Minnesota National Guard Soldiers are supporting flood fighting efforts on both sides of the Red River 04/15/2009

Minn. Guard Going To ND To Fight Flooding 04/13/2009

Camp Ripley Prepares Vehicles for Next Wave of Floods
Written by Sgt. Daryl G. Sanford, 4/10/09

With flood threat easing, Minn. Guard pulling out 04/03/2009

Towns in Northern Minnesota still struggling in Flood Fight 2009
Written by Officer Candidate Davin Fischer, 4/2/09

Guard Soldiers fight flood close to home 03/31/2009

Snow, ice jam continue threat in Red River flood fight 03/30/2009

Governor Pawlenty visits Soldiers during Flood Fight 2009
Written by Officer Candidate Davin Fischer, 3/30/09

National Guard is Keeping Watch - Flood Fight 2009
Written by Master Sgt. Jason Rolfe, 3/28/09

Guard stays flexible, continues to support flood effort
Written by Staff Sgt. Jon Soucy, 3/27/09

Fire, flood devastate town north of Fargo 03/27/2009

Minnesota Guard joins with community to battle flood 03/27/2009

Guard Assists in Flood Efforts
Written by Spc. Thomas Keeler, 3/25/09

In Breckenridge, guarded relief over Red River 03/25/2009

Local volunteers join flood fighting effort in Fargo 03/25/2009

National Guard battles winter storms in five states 03/25/2009

New snow, winds complicate fight against surging Red River 03/25/2009

Pawlenty seeks speedy federal flood aid 03/25/2009

Pawlenty's townhall with MN National Guard 03/25/2009

Breckenridge bands together in flood fight 03/24/2009

Lower projection on Red upstream may help Fargo 03/24/2009

Minnesota Soldiers help with battle against river 03/24/2009

One hundred more National Guard Soldiers sent to Red River 03/24/2009

Red River Valley flood: Duluth's 148th sends help 03/24/2009

State offers flood assistance 03/24/2009

Unexpected dip in river raises hope in Fargo 03/24/2009

Minnesota Guard will help the fight 03/23/2009

Minnesota, N.D. Guard respond to Red River Valley flooding 03/23/2009

Red River Valley Flooding Has North Dakota, Minnesota Guard Involved 03/22/2009


Video: National Guard Busy After Deadly Flooding 08/22/2007

Video: National Guard Busy After Deadly Flooding 08/22/2007

From Hell to High Water 08/22/2007

Guard supports flood relief efforts in southeastern Minn.
Written by Cpl. Joe Roos, 8/21/07

Video: SE Minnesota Begins Long Clean Up Process 08/20/2007

Floodwaters claim lives, ruin homes 08/20/2007

Guard responds to deadly floods in Minnesota 08/20/2007

Flooding Leaves 6 Dead, 1 Missing 08/19/2007

Video: State Leaders Deal With Another Major Disaster 08/19/2007

Video: Flood Causes Widespread Destruction in Stockton 08/19/2007

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Governor Mark Dayton installs new Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General

Posted: 2017-11-04  04:16 PM
TAG installation ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton administered the oath of office to Maj. Gen. Jon A. Jensen, installing him as the Minnesota National Guard's 31st Adjutant General during a ceremony in St. Paul, November 4, 2017.

"General Jensen has been a tremendous leader of the Minnesota National Guard throughout his years of dedicated service," said Governor Dayton. "He has served in two top leadership positions, as the Commanding General of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, and also as the Chief of Staff at the Guard's Joint Force Headquarters. I am confident that he will continue to provide the same outstanding leadership as his predecessor, General Rick Nash."

Jensen most recently served as the Commanding General of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division. He previously held positions as Deputy Commanding General, United States Army Africa and Southern European Task Force, Minnesota National Guard Director of the Joint Staff and Minnesota National Guard Assistant Adjutant General - Army.

Guard Heritage Suffers with Loss of Artillery Unit

Posted: 2017-10-04  11:22 AM
ETAB ANOKA, Minn. - The Minnesota National Guard lost one of its most historically significant units when the 151st Artillery's E Battery, (Target Acquisition) cased its colors in a ceremony at the Anoka High School Aug. 19, 2017.

The Target Acquisition Battery (ETAB), 151st Field Artillery is one of the oldest and most decorated units in the Minnesota National Guard and the 34th Infantry Division. "Both Minnesota and the Division lose the proud lineage that goes back to Civil War days, through WW1 and WW2, and had a significant amount of battle streamers," said 151st Field Artillery Battalion Commander, Lt. Col. Patrick Cornwell.

The 151st Field Artillery draws its lineage from the 1st Regiment, Minnesota Heavy Artillery of 1864 which fought two major campaigns in Tennessee during the Civil War.

In one month: Minnesota Guardsmen support Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria

Posted: 2017-09-29  02:25 PM
Minnesota National Guard ST. PAUL, Minn. - In the span of a few weeks, three major hurricanes hit different parts of the southern United States, causing widespread damage and destruction and requiring the response of agencies around the country. The Minnesota National Guard is one of the many organizations that have responded, sending Soldiers and Airmen to Texas, Florida, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

"This is the most gratifying deployment of my career," said Capt. Jeremy Maxey with the 133rd Airlift Wing who was called back from his vacation early to go to the Virgin Islands. "It means a lot to be able to actually directly help people. It's why I serve. Throughout my career I've deployed numerous times, but this is the one where you actually see the people you serve."

The start of the month brought the first request for assistance. On Sept. 1, two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and 11 personnel from the St. Cloud-based B Company, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 211th Aviation Regiment left for Texas following Hurricane Harvey to transport personnel and equipment in support of response efforts.

Finding fellowship in the sacred mission

Posted: 2017-09-26  12:02 PM
Minnesota National Guard CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - One of the most difficult, most sacred, honorable duties in the military is one that people don't often think about. It takes compassion, empathy, care, and requires great resilience. It is one that when called upon to train for, they hope to rarely perform because it means another Soldier has been lost. It is the duty of casualty notification officer and casualty assistance officer.

About 45 Minnesota Army National Guard Soldiers came to Camp Ripley, Minnesota, on September 21-22, 2017, for a Reset Seminar to find fellowship in one specific thing they have in common: delivering the worst news in the Army.

When a Soldier dies at home or overseas, CNOs and CAOs must notify and help families through the process, including paperwork, benefits, and funeral arrangements.

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