| From the moon to the MN History Center
It's amazing the things you can lose track of when you put them in storage; things like, oh, artifacts from outer space.
The Minnesota National Guard was going through a storage area last November and came across some moon rocks from the Apollo 11 lunar landing.
The Guard transferred the rocks to the Minnesota Historical Society, and today they go on display with a moon rock from Apollo 17 already in the Society's collection.
The rock samples are pretty small, but when you think of the trip they made, they're still impressive. It's a common practice of lunar missions to collect rocks and then offer them up to states, U.S. territories and foreign nations as goodwill gestures.
January 8, 2013
by Marianne Combs
Operation Agriculture: Minnesota Guard assists Afghan farmers
Posted: 2013-05-15 08:08 AM
Agricultural Development Teams deploy farming experts to help rebuild Afghanistan's war torn food system.
When most National Guard units prepare to deploy to Afghanistan, they focus on tactical training--land navigation, weapons skills, working with interpreters, counter-IED techniques, basic first aid.
But Colonel Eric Ahlness, commander of the Minnesota National Guard's Zabul Agribusiness Development Team, or ADT, brought his unit to an Amish farm.
Police Week observance: Service members who exemplify our state's optimal force structure
Posted: 2013-05-15 06:08 AM
Today is a day to recognize the sacrifice and service of our nation's civilian police force. Since 1962, when President John F. Kennedy signed the proclamation declaring May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day, the week surrounding the 15th has become better known as "police week."
The Minnesota National Guard is honored to have several members on its force that serve, or have served as both military police and civilian police officers. Their binary roles serve as a prime example of how the Guard strives to maintain the right mix of people and equip units with an optimal force structure.
Operation Synergy empowers Service members toward personal growth
Posted: 2013-05-10 12:00 AM
For Soldiers and Airmen in the Minnesota National Guard, balancing military life with civilian life can bring on its own set of challenges and experiences. Operation Synergy aims to help Service members from all branches to empower themselves to manifest their own reality, instead of letting complacency dictate their life.
With training demands, drill weekends, deployments and daily mission requirements, it's important for Service members to be proactive, rather than reactive. By bringing in speakers from various companies, organizations and backgrounds, Operation Synergy unites Service members through education and growth.