Camp Ripley is a 53,000-acre regional training facility for our military, federal, state, local and civilian communities. Camp Ripley relies on its expertise in environmental stewardship to maintain its training resources.
In 2013, Camp Ripley saw an increase in use of facilities by non-DoD agencies that contributed to enhanced interoperability and partnerships with an increased emphasis on domestic operations. The Secure Information Handling Facility (SIHF) was completed and functional, providing additional training and operational capabilities. Camp Ripley was able to use both government funded resources and partner with other organizations and businesses to provide financial and counseling services to Soldiers.
Camp Ripley surrounding communities of Morrison and Crow Wing Counties were recognized as Beyond the Yellow Ribbon networks. These networks will provide additional resources for Service members of all branches in the communities surrounding Camp Ripley. Camp Ripley was able to work with federal, state and local partners to secure state and federal financial support to further develop the Army Compatible Use Buffer around the training center. Camp Ripley also administers the Arden Hills Army Training Site and continues to improve the facilities and training available for metro-based military and civilian users.
Camp Ripley will sustain and enhance the three pillars of support: federal, state and community. We will work with federal and state partners to build domestic operations training capabilities and opportunities. An emphasis will be placed on emergency response scenarios for both tenant and visiting customers. They will work with public and private local centers of influence to expand services for military personnel and their families. Camp Ripley will continue infrastructure enhancement and revitalization of installation facilities along with looking for new opportunities to provide services to customers. Camp Ripley will continue to look for Army Compatible Use Buffer funds to meet current needs.