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Minnesota, Norway Partnership Grows Strong at Camp Ripley

Minnesota National Guard CAMP RIPLEY, Minn - Norway's Chief of Defense, General Harald Sunde, arrived via Black Hawk helicopter Feb 16, 2013 amidst a small snow flurry and with much fanfare from the Norwegian soldiers that are training at Camp Ripley for the next two weeks

"Our two nations share great values Together we stand up against terrorism," said Sunde "This is a very important mission and we have an obligation to get our soldiers together not only on the battlefield but back at home"

The 40th Norwegian Exchange (NOREX) featured an evening feast prepared by the Norwegian contingent's own chef, and featured customary food and drinks for soldiers and community leaders to enjoy and learn about the culinary culture of Norway  Various preparations of salmon, reindeer, lamb and moose were paired with authentic cheeses, salads and fish soup  During the meal, a cultural presentation was shown, shedding light on both the military history of Norway, as well as a look into the beauty of the Norwegian countryside "This event brings young men and women soldiers together to create friendship and long lasting relations," said Sunde

"Today I had the opportunity to talk to some of our soldiers about the experience of the exchange," said Sunde  "Face to face, soldiers can discuss lessons learned, what they had done and talk about their piece of equipment--that is really what is bringing this friendship forward"

After a night of bonding and fellowship, the Norwegians worshipped with Minnesota National Guard Soldiers at a bilingual church service  Praying and singing in both languages, the theme continued to be one of brotherhood between the nations

Sunde, the chief of defense for Norway, is the highest-ranking officer of the Norwegian military, second only to the king of Norway  In addition to acting as Norway's NATO military committee representation, he is the top advisor to the Norwegian government regarding military issues  Sunde returned to Norway on Monday, Feb 18, 2013 to recognize and celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the Norwegian / Minnesotan Reciprocal Troop Exchange program - the oldest such program in Norway and the Department of Defense 

By Tech Sgt Scott G Herrington
148th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Feb 20, 2013



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Posted: 2018-04-07  01:54 PM
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April 7, 2018

ST. PAUL, Minn.- The month of April is designated as the Month of the Military Child to recognize the contributions and sacrifices military children make so their family members can serve. An estimated 15,000 children in Minnesota have been affected by the deployment of a parent.

"Military children bear a lot while their family members serve," said Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen, Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard. "It is up to us to support these resilient kids and help to lessen their burden."

An event to honor military kids in Minnesota will take place April 13, 2018, at the Mall of America rotunda from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Activities will include appearances by the Teddy Bear Band and meet and greets with Nickelodeon characters.



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Posted: 2018-03-16  08:45 AM
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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."



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