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Tough Airmen run Tough Mudder

Somerset, Wis -- About a dozen members of the 109th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron participated in the Tough Mudder May 19, 2012 here The team was enthusiastic to represent the Minnesota Air National Guard in the more than ten-mile obstacle course It was laced with icy pools, high walls, electrified obstacles, and of course lots of mud Most of all they were happy to help out the Wounded Warrior Project, the main cause of the event

The team explained how their military training helped, especially in the mental aspect of the course They also said that it brought them together as a team As the race started the team, very motivated by the military emphasis, listened to the host tell the stories of wounded veterans completing the course The National Anthem was played just before the 10:00 am start, as one last boost


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There were other members from the 133rd Airlift Wing scattered throughout the course also participating Maj Mark Hansen of the Judge Advocate section ran with some police officers that he works with in his civilian job and he said it was a great course to test his abilities

"The military teaches you to overcome - adapt and overcome," he said before starting

He continued to say how it was great to see different people from the military past and present out encouraging each other and swapping old stories

Tough Mudder events are hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle courses designed by British Special Forces to test your strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie Tough Mudder has raised more than three million dollars to support the Wounded Warrior Project

Posted 5/24/2012
by Staff Sgt Jonathan Young
133rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs




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Posted: 2017-12-13  10:11 AM
Minnesota National Guard JOHNSTON, Iowa - Brig. Gen. Benjamin J. Corell, Deputy Adjutant General of the Iowa National Guard, assumed command of the 34th Infantry Division "Red Bulls" during a ceremony in Rosemount, Minnesota, on December 9, 2017.

Headquartered in Minnesota, the division has been commanded almost-exclusively by members of the Minnesota National Guard since 1968.

"Typically there's been very few people who have been allowed to command the 34th Infantry Division that didn't come from the state of Minnesota," Corell said.



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Posted: 2017-12-12  11:29 AM
Minnesota National Guard ST. PAUL, Minn. - Soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade (ECAB), who recently celebrated a year full of achievements, have embraced a new name: Red Devils.

The St. Paul-based unit hosted its annual aviation brigade ball Dec. 9, at the Envision Event Center in Oakdale, Minnesota, where the unit's new logo was unveiled.

Soldiers of the 34th ECAB, which falls under and supports the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, will continue to wear the Red Bull insignia on their uniforms. However, they will now be known and referred to as the Red Devils, a name that pays homage to the division's historical accomplishments and fierce warfighting.



Minnesota Nice Extends to Puerto Rico

Posted: 2017-12-08  12:08 PM
Minnesota National Guard CAMP SANTIAGO, Puerto Rico - It has been more than two months since Hurricane Maria stuck Puerto Rico, leaving a trail of disaster behind it. The island was in dire need of some extra help. More than 230 Air National Guardsmen from 29 states have been deployed to the island and are helping in any way they can.

Eleven of those Airmen are from the Minnesota National Guard's 148th Fighter Wing out of Duluth, Minn. and the 133rd Airlift Wing out of St. Paul, Minn., are no exception in their desire to lend a helping hand. They have been at Camp Santiago, Puerto Rico, since before Thanksgiving and will leave around mid-December. Their mission is to feed military and civilian hurricane relief workers, giving them the much-needed fuel to complete their mission throughout the day.



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.



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