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More than 400 Minnesota National Guard members supported security efforts in Minneapolis ahead of Super Bowl LII.

The game, played Sunday, resulted in a win by the Philadelphia Eagles against the New England Patriots, 41-33.

“This is what we do,” said Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen, adjutant general of the Minnesota National Guard. “When the local community can’t meet the public safety needs, they come to the Guard. We’re their normal partner, we’re a natural partner, and we’re their preferred partner when it comes to filling in the gaps that they can’t fill.”

At the request of the city, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton authorized the Minnesota National Guard to provide support to security efforts leading up to and during the game.

The Guard members provided direct support and worked alongside law enforcement officers from across the state. Like their civilian law enforcement partners, Minnesota Guard members focused on ensuring a safe experience for the residents and visitors who attended the Super Bowl festivities.

“So far in our opportunities to get out and visit with our Soldiers supporting this event, every Soldier has been extremely happy with the opportunity to serve our local communities,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Douglas Wortham, senior enlisted advisor for the Minnesota National Guard. “Everywhere we’ve gone so far, members of the community have come up and thanked us for being here; they appreciate the visibility of the Guard supporting this event and they say they feel safer with us being here.” Read more

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 More than 400 Minnesota National Guard members supported security efforts in Minneapolis ahead of Super Bowl LII.

The game, played Sunday, resulted in a win by the Philadelphia Eagles against the New England Patriots, 41-33.

“This is what we do,” said Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen, adjutant general of the Minnesota National Guard. “When the local community can’t meet the public safety needs, they come to the Guard. We’re their normal partner, we’re a natural partner, and we’re their preferred partner when it comes to filling in the gaps that they can’t fill.”

At the request of the city, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton authorized the Minnesota National Guard to provide support to security efforts leading up to and during the game.