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Minnesota National Guard Celebrates Asian, Pacific American Heritage Month

The Minnesota National Guard recognizes Asian Pacific American Heritage Month as generations of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) have helped make America what it is today  Throughout history, AAPI's have faced bitter hardships such as the railroad laborers who connected the coasts, the patriots who fought overseas while their families were interned at home, and those forced to live in harsh conditions of Angel Island  Through it all AAPIs have persevered, and continue to make this great country what it is today

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders comprise many ethnicities and languages  Their myriad of achievements embodies the American experience  AAPI men and women are leaders in every aspect of American life- in government, industry, science, medicine, arts, and our Armed Forces  Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month offers an opportunity to celebrate the vast contributions Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have made to our Nation including their lasting contributions to American's wartime efforts, reflect on the challenges still faced by AAPI communities, and recommit to making the American dream a reality for all
Deployed Minnesota Guardsman honors grandfather, Hmong heritage
05/17/2018

Minnesota Guardsman recognized for cultural influence and leadership
05/19/2016

Hmong Citizen-Soldier shares his experience
05/01/2014

Iraq-bound Soldiers honor Japanese-American WWII veterans
04/11/2009

Seattle Nisei veterans honored by 34th Infantry Division
04/10/2009

A Soldiers insight on serving the U.S. in Iraq
05/15/2007

We've been through too much fighting
05/15/2007

Sending our daughters and sons off to war
04/11/2007



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Federal Asian Pacific American Council

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Minnesota State Fair Military Appreciation Day to recognize women veterans

Posted: 2018-08-27  12:34 PM
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August 27, 2018

ST. PAUL, Minn.- The Minnesota State Fair's eighth annual Military Appreciation Day will take place Tuesday, August 28, and provide an educational opportunity for all fairgoers to learn about Minnesota's military community. This year's theme is honoring Minnesota's women veterans.

"The Minnesota State Fair is a great opportunity to bring our community together to show appreciation for the service and sacrifice of our state's veterans," said Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen, The Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard. "This year, I am proud to stand with women veterans as we highlight their stories and contributions to our armed forces."



Minnesota Guardsmen learn survival skills, train with Norwegian counterparts

Posted: 2018-07-03  01:36 PM
NOREX 45 Over the course of 10 days, 100 Soldiers and Airmen from the Minnesota National Guard who traveled to Norway June 17-26, 2018, for the 45th Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange learned valuable survival skills and shared their knowledge with members of the Norwegian Home Guard. This year's exchange was the second to take place during the summer months in the history of the longest-running military partnership between two nations.

"It was a great experience for both the Minnesota National Guard and the Norwegian Home Guard," said Capt. 'Kiwi' HorgA�ien, the senior Norwegian instructor. "A cultural exchange, a social exchange and military exchange all packed into one."

The 45th exchange got off to a late start, with flight delays causing the trip to be shortened from its normal length of two weeks. The delay meant that the Minnesota Guardsmen jumped right into training, heading out to the field after just a few hours of sleep.



133rd Airlift Wing Emphasizes Combat Readiness Training

Posted: 2018-06-29  10:48 AM
Alpena ALPENA, Michigan - Approximately 300 U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 133rd Airlift Wing participated in a readiness exercise at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Alpena, Mich.

The exercise, tagged as Iron Ore, was designed test the Airmen abilities to set up operations at an unfamiliar location and receive in depth training on Ability-To-Survive and Operate (ATSO) principles while supporting airlift and aeromedical flight operations.

To ensure mission success and readiness, Airmen had to complete training at home station prior to leaving for Alpena. Some of this training included weapons qualification, gas mask fit testing, Mission Oriented Protective Posture (MOPP) familiarization, self-aid and buddy care and career field training.



Red Bulls Kickoff Division Warfighter

Posted: 2018-06-13  01:38 PM
DIV WFX CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. - "A Warfighter is an exercise that allows the Division to evaluate their ability to maneuver assets in a battle," said Master Sgt. Greg Weaver, the Operations Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge for the Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion. "It is designed to focus on particular areas and specific objectives to be evaluated or tested."

The Division has geared its' planning and training efforts in preparation for Warfighter since July 2017. Coordinating transportation for Soldiers and equipment was often on the mind of Maj. David Johansson, the logistics officer for the 34th ID. With the coordination of Johansson and his team, troops and equipment all converged on Camp Atterbury, enlisting the help of 89 railcars, 280 tractor-trailers, and nearly 50 buses for the movement.

"I like to say my job is to 'quiet the noise'". Johansson continued, "The noise being a real life logistical problem that could impede the exercise."



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