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Minnesota Air Guard Security Forces Train on High-Tech Drone
November 27, 2023
The 133rd Security Forces Squadron out of St. Paul, Minnesota, completed initial training for the Skydio X2D drone at Camp Ripley Training Center in Little Falls, Minnesota, Nov. 13-15, 2023. The eight enlisted Airmen are the first National Guard troops to become certified on the X2D drone.

4 Air National Guard Locations Chosen for C-130J Upgrades
September 15, 2023
A new C-130J Super Hercules aircraft arrives at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky., Nov. 6, 2021, ushering in a new era of aviation for the 123rd Airlift Wing. The state-of-the-art transports are among eight the wing will receive over the next 11 months to replace eight aging C-130H aircraft, which were built in 1992 and have seen duty all over the world.

182nd AW Leads C-130 Hercules Operations at Air Defender 23
June 15, 2023
U.S. Airmen with the 182nd Airlift Wing, Illinois National Guard, deplane a C-130 Hercules aircraft to prepare for exercise Air Defender 2023 at Wunstorf Air Base, Wunstorf, Germany, May 31, 2023. Exercise AD23 integrates U.S. and Allied air power to defend shared values, while leveraging and strengthening vital partnerships to deter aggression around the world.

MAINEiacs Aim High During Arctic Challenge
June 7, 2023
A Belgium F-16 maneuvers to receive more fuel midair from a KC-135 Stratotanker over the Arctic Circle, June 7, 2023. The 101st Air Refueling Wing is taking part in Arctic Challenge Exercise 2023, a live fly exercise that serves to advance arctic security initiatives and enhance interoperability in the increasingly dynamic and contested region.

National Guard Provides Medical Care to Idaho, Nevada Tribes
May 30, 2023
Approximately 100 Ctizen-Soldiers and -Airmen from the Arizona, Idaho, Minnesota and Nevada National Guard cared for two Native American Tribes in Idaho and Nevada May 11-26 as part of Operation Nimiipuu Health, a Department of Defense Innovative Readiness Training program. Guard members provided medical, dental and optometry services to the Nez Perce Tribe and surrounding community of Lapwai, Idaho, and similar care, in addition to behavioral health services, to members of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes and surrounding community of Duck Valley, Nevada.

Air Guard Updates 148th Fighter Wing F-16s with Radar Pods
February 1, 2023
A fighter aircraft integrated avionics specialist assigned to the 148th Fighter Wing, Minnesota Air National Guard, prepares to install an AN/ASQ-236 radar pod Jan. 25, 2023.  The 148th Fighter Wing has been designated as the Air National Guard’s Center for Excellence for all F-16 fighter aircraft.

Air Guard Flight Nurse Receives Distinguished Flying Cross
January 9, 2023
U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Michael A. Loh, director of the Air National Guard, pins the Distinguished Flying Cross onto Maj. Katie Lunning’s uniform in St. Paul, Minn., Jan. 7, 2023. Lunning received the medal for her extraordinary actions during the evacuation of Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 26, 2021.

Minnesota National Guard and Niger improve medical capabilities
August 11, 2022
U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Summer Thomas, 109th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, gives directions on loading a C-130 Hercules in St. Paul, Minn., July 26, 2022.

NY, Minnesota Airmen Hone Ice Runway Construction Skills
June 8, 2022
New York Air National Guard Airmen assigned to the 109th Airlift wing deployed to Greenland in support of Exercise Polar Reach May 11-27. The Airmen worked with the Canadian Royal Air Force and the Minnesota Air National Guard to test the capabilities of its Polar Camp Skiway Team.

Minnesota Air Guard Airmen support Al Dhafra operations
December 10, 2021
Airmen from the 148th Fighter Wing, Minnesota Air National Guard, at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, Dec. 8, 2021. The Airmen are forward-deployed, working in a variety of duties to support the Air Force mission at ADAB.

Northern Thaw exercise concludes at Volk Field
April 15, 2021
An F-35A assigned to Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, takes off for an exercise during Northern Thaw at Volk Field Air National Guard Base, Wisconsin, April 1, 2021.The two-week Northern Thaw exercise was a total force exercise providing tailored, cost-effective, tactical level, high-end combat training.