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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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Forging a path to career success

Posted: 2018-03-16  08:45 AM
Col. Angela Steward-Randle ST. PAUL, Minn. - 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.

"My story is no different than many others," Steward-Randle, the Director of Human Resources, Manpower and Personnel for the Minnesota National Guard said. "I was in college and looking for financial resources to help pay for it."

Her college friend suggested they attend a summer training with the Reserve Officer Training Corps that had no obligation and could earn them some money. The friend never ended up going, but Steward-Randle did. After earning recognition as the top honor graduate and receiving an offer of a scholarship, she was hooked.

Minnesota Guardsman Receives Award for Combating Drugs in his Community

Posted: 2018-03-09  03:13 PM
Counterdrug WOODBURY, Minn. - Staff Sgt. Benjamin Kroll, an analyst with the Minnesota National Guard's Counterdrug Task Force who is assigned to work with the Hennepin County Sherriff's Office was recognized for his achievements as the Analyst of the Year during the 2018 Minnesota Association of Crime and Intelligence Analysts Training Symposium in Woodbury, Minnesota, March 7, 2018.

Through a partnership with Minnesota law enforcement agencies throughout the state, the Minnesota National Guard Counterdrug Task Force (MNCDTF) supports the anti-drug initiatives to counter all primary drug threats and vulnerabilities through the effective application of available assets, said Maj. Jon Dotterer, Counterdrug Coordinator for the State of Minnesota. The goal for the program is to support federal, state, tribal, and local agencies in the detection, disruption, interdiction, and curtailment of illicit drugs.

Kroll is one of sixteen service members on the Counterdrug Task Force that provides this force-multiplying service to our communities against illicit drug-use. With the information that law enforcement provide through their patrols and daily operations, Kroll and his colleagues across the state assist by putting together a figurative picture with all of the gathered information which aids in identifying how to move forward with legal action to deter or prevent the sale or use of illegal narcotic drugs.

Women Opened Doors in Minnesota National Guard

Posted: 2018-03-08  09:05 AM
Minnesota National Guard ST. PAUL, Minn. - "The battlefront is no place for women to be," said Command Sgt. Maj. Earl Kurtzweg, 125th Field Artillery, in an article published in 1976. "There are certain jobs girls say they can do, but they just can't do ... the battlefront is no place for women to be. Other countries in the world use women in combat, but the U.S. has not come around to that way of thinking." Kathy Berg, a New Ulm reporter summarized at the time. "So women in the New Ulm unit take care of personnel files and pay records and leave the fighting to the men."

The Minnesota National Guard has "come around to that way of thinking" since those early days of gender integration. In the last 44 years women have made momentous strides toward inclusion and acceptance. Their accomplishments are testimony to their fortitude and the progressive development of the Minnesota National Guard.

When an accomplished female Soldier is credited with breaking barriers she will often pass that honor to the women that preceded her. Brig. Gen. Johanna Clyborne is such a leader. She acknowledges that she is one of the first females in the Minnesota National Guard who has held key leadership roles, however she sees it differently. "I feel responsible for all women in uniform," said Clyborne. "Women before me opened the door, now I've cleared the room. It's up to the women behind me to hold the room."

Securing the Bold North: Minnesota National Guard supports Super Bowl LII

Posted: 2018-02-02  10:45 PM
Super Bowl 52 MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - More than 400 Minnesota National Guardsmen are supporting security efforts in Minneapolis ahead of Super Bowl 52.

"This is what we do," said Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen, Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard. "When the local community can't meet the public safety needs, they come to the Guard. We're their normal partner, we're a natural partner, and we're their preferred partner when it comes to filling in the gaps that they can't fill."

At the request of the city, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton authorized the Minnesota National Guard to provide support to security efforts leading up to and during Super Bowl 52. The Guardsmen are providing direct support to and working alongside law enforcement officers from across the state. Like their civilian law enforcement partners, Minnesota Guardsmen are focused on ensuring a safe experience for the residents and visitors who are attending the Super Bowl festivities.

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