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Minnesota National Guard
Camp Ripley Training Center
Introduction Camp Ripley

Camp Ripley Training Center, located near Little Falls, is a 53,000-acre regional training center hosting numerous ranges and state-of-the-art facilities to support training requirements for military and civilian agencies. CRTC provides resources enabling customers to train in a realistic environment while sustaining lodging and conference space for customer events, programs and education.

Additionally, CRTC remains committed to environmentally-sound stewardship throughout Central Minnesota, to include its 18 miles of undeveloped Mississippi River shoreline. Through the efforts of the post Environmental Office and partnership with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Camp Ripley is committed to success in the fields of natural and cultural resource management, highlighted by the construction of the 10 megawatt solar field in conjunction with Minnesota Power efforts aimed at making CRTC a Net Zero installation.

2016 Accomplishments

In July 2016 CRTC was federally recognized as a Sentinel Landscape, which is a conservation and encroachment effort that builds off of the Department of Defense Army Compatible Use Buffer program. The designation creates a partnership between state and federal agencies to conserve natural habitat, maintain landscapes and prevent incompatible development that would inhibit military training.

During the 2016 training year, CRTC oversaw approximately 254,000 days of military training and 60,500 training days for local and state interagency partners. Additionally, CRTC provided direct support to organizations deploying at home and abroad for training or missions, such as the 1st ABCT rail movement to California.

With the increase in available training space, additional agencies and out-of-state units took advantage of training capacity, providing seamless and effective opportunities for several new organizations. Ranges and facilities were made available to military units regionally and internationally to include Canada, Croatia and Norway as well as the State Highway Patrol, Department of Natural Resources and law enforcement agencies from across the state.

Additionally, the Arden Hills Army Training Site continued to expand opportunities for training to interagency partners as well, and in 2016 provided a venue for law enforcement to train on close-quarters engagement skills and riot control.

2017 Objectives

Building off of a 2016 visit by Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarov, CRTC leadership will continue to foster Minnesota State Partnership Program through coordination with Croatian Army counterparts in development of Croatia Slunj Training Ranges, which will ultimately replicate the capabilities on CRTC and become a regional training center for NATO forces.

CRTC leaders also worked in cooperation with Department of Public Safety and state legislators in planning for the development of the CRTC Joint Emergency Response Training Center, which will provide the Minnesota National Guard, emergency responders and other departments the opportunities to train for largescale, disaster-based scenarios. The first implementation of the collective training venture will be the development of a train derailment and oil pipeline response area, with future plans to continue development based on training needs.

In 2017 CRTC will continue to expand on its installation security and readiness plan by building off of a 2016 post-wide active shooter training event. The continued emphasis on security for 2017 includes further training and staffing of the military security guards and a large-scale, post-wide exercise to gauge the installation's ability to react to threats on personnel and infrastructure.

CRTC received significant storm damage from a tornado on Sept. 7, 2016. There were no injuries caused by the severe weather, though several buildings used for housing, training and maintenance received major damage. In 2017 repairs will begin, which will eventually allow the installation to resume supporting training events at maximum capacity.



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