Over the next week, family and the holiday spirit will be top of mind, but some families will spend Christmas thousands of miles away from their loved ones. Military deployment can be difficult on the families left behind.
Your family has been anticipating this day since forever, and finally, your soldier’s deployment is coming to an end. Preparing yourself for the big day and what comes after will require more than simply hanging up a banner and baking a cake. Every military family is different, but most will benefit from these home coming tips.
Members of a Minneapolis Air Force Reserve Unit are on their way to support troops serving in the Middle East. More than 100 airmen with the 934th Air Lift wing said goodbye to their families Tuesday morning and boarded four C-130s for the two-day trip to southwest Asia.
More than 140 soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard are scheduled to return to the state next week. Soldiers from the 114th Transportation Company return after a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan.
A send-off is planned Sunday for members of a North Dakota National Guard unit based in Fargo. Fifteen members of the North Dakota Army National Guard’s 231st Brigade Support Battalion Logistical Support Element are going on a yearlong deployment.
For military members returning home from deployment, the adjustment back to everyday life can be difficult. Veterans can take advantage of many different resources, from job training to emotional support. But one area that doesn’t get a lot of attention is the family. Now there’s a new study at the University of Minnesota to help parents and children cope with the return home.
The commander of Minnesota’s famed “Red Bulls” will speak at the official State of Minnesota Veterans Day program Sunday.
The public is invited to a farewell ceremony Saturday at 4 p.m. for 25 members of the Minnesota National Guard, who will soon begin a yearlong deployment in Afghanistan at the Inver Hills Community College.
This weekend marks the return of all Minnesota Red Bulls who were deployed to Kuwait. At 9:40 a.m. a plan carrying the second to last wave of Red Bulls landed at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
More than 120 Airmen from Minnesota will be headed overseas this weekend.
A Minnesota National Guard unit is getting ready to head out for the Persian gulf.
Twelve soldiers are back in Minnesota after a one-year deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Nearly two dozen “fighting farmers” from the Twin Cities will head off to support Operation Enduring Freedom.
Hundreds more families will be saying farewell to their loved ones Friday as more National Guard members deploy.
Researches at the University of Minnesota are recruiting hundreds of National Guard and Reserve families to find out the best ways to support them.
A number of deployment ceremonies will be held throughout Minnesota to honor members of a 34th Red Bull Infantry Division brigade that’s heading to Iraq.
A new study at the University of Minnesota is helping military parents deal with the stress of parenting — on top of the stress of returning from deployment.
A group of 55 Minnesota Army National Guard soldiers from Minnesota are leaving for training for a one-year deployment in Afghanistan.
The Minnesota National Guard says 460 soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 125th Field Artillery are preparing to go on a one-year deployment in the Middle East.
In May, 2,400 Minnesota National Guard members will begin preparations to be deployed to Iraq and Kuwait.
A group of soldiers will get a chance to say goodbye to family and friends Wednesday before they ship off to help fight the war in Iraq.
The soldiers holding their kids. The tears of a wife or a father. The deployment ceremony honoring citizen soldiers is one of the most emotional parts of a war. But leading up to that, who decides which units to deploy?
On a recent training day at Camp Ripley, near Little Falls, the frigid morning air whips into a Humvee through an open hatch. Pfc. Timothy Duel, 29, stands in the rotating gunner turret.