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Minnesota Guard, Norway Train Together
February 29, 2024
Camp Ripley Training Center in Little Falls, Minnesota, hosted the 51st annual Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange, a cultural and joint-training event between the Minnesota National Guard and the Norwegian Home Guard Rapid Reaction Force and the Home Defense Youth, Feb. 1-12.

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.

Hokanson: State Partnership Program Stable, Steadfast and Growing
April 21, 2023
Lt. Gen. Bashkim Jashari, commander of the Kosovo Security Force, is briefed on unit operations by the commander of the 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, Iowa Army National Guard, during a tour of training at Camp Atterbury, Indiana, May 19, 2022. Approximately 15 KSF troops embedded with companies in the 1-133rd Infantry during a two-week annual training exercise.

Virginia Guard Participates in Arctic Forge in Finland
April 21, 2023
Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 183rd Cavalry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, build extreme cold weather skills in advance of Exercise Arctic Forge 23 Feb. 19-20, 2023, in Sydonkyla, Finland. Exercise Arctic Forge 23 is a U.S. Army Europe and Africa led umbrella exercise that leverages the host-nation exercises Defense Exercise North in Finland, and exercise Joint Viking in Norway, focused on building capabilities and cooperation in support of the U.S. Army's Arctic Strategy.

Minnesota, Norway Partner for 50th Troop Exchange
February 23, 2023
Minnesota National Guard members conduct winter training on Feb. 8, 2023, in a field training exercise in the Haltdalen woods, Norway, while participating in the 50th Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange. Minnesota National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from the 148th Fighter Wing and 133rd Airlift Wing traveled to Norway for two weeks of winter survival training and Nordic cultural experiences.

Norway Adds Top-tier Military Experience to State Partnership Program
February 21, 2023
Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief, National Guard Bureau, talks with Norwegian troops during a visit to Norway for the signing of a Department of Defense National Guard State Partnership Program security cooperation agreement between Norway and the Minnesota National Guard, Brekstad, Orland, Norway, Feb. 16, 2023. This image was acquired using a cellular device.

Minnesota National Guard Signs State Partnership Program Agreement with Norway
February 15, 2023
The Minnesota National Guard and Norway officially became partners under the State Partnership Program Feb. 15, 2023, at a signing ceremony in Trondheim, Norway. Signing the agreement were His Excellency U.S. Ambassador to Norway, Ambassador Marc Nathanson; Bjørn Arild Gram, Norwegian Minister of Defence; Gen. Eirik Kristoffersen, chief of Defence of Norway; Army Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau; and Army Maj. Gen. Shawn Manke, Minnesota National Guard’s adjutant general.