April recognized as Month of the Military Child
Posted: April 01, 2015 10:30 AM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - In recognition of the endurance and courage of military children - here in the United States and with their families overseas - the Department of Defense has deemed April as the Month of the Military Child.
"From deployments to culture changes, new schools and friends, military children are often faced with unique challenges that ordinary youth their age never experience," said Tami Klucas, Camp Ripley Family Assistance Center specialist.
One such program locally is the Little Falls School District Military Kids Club. The program, focused around military children, reaffirms the commitment to ensuring excellence in schools, childcare and youth services as well as providing a strong supportive environment where children can thrive.
US State Partnership Programme improves regional security
Posted: March 31, 2015 10:37 AM
The US has been aiding countries in the region to improve their defence and military capacities as well as their relations with the NATO. The main tool for this goal is the US State Partnership Programme, in which the US National Guard partners with states from the former Soviet Bloc.
"In the process of upgrading the capabilities of the armed forces of small, transitional countries, co-operation with developed, democratic countries and their military structures [is necessary]," Zvonimir Mahecic, an external expert at the Institute for International Relations in Zagreb and a retired colonel from the Croatian military, told SETimes. "Through joint activities, militaries as well as civilians of small countries are getting a chance to learn from the experiences of military structures that had passed through significant development and adjustment to the needs of combat and non-combat operations of the 21st century. This kind of co-operation represents a great chance to transfer knowledge and achieve implementation. One example of this type of co-operation is between the Minnesota National Guard and Croatian."
"Going Green" pays dividends for Minnesota Army National Guard
Posted: March 27, 2015 10:28 AM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - The Minnesota Army National Guard Sustainability Team is making a huge impact across the state by showing others the economic and environmental advantages of incorporating sustainability practices.
The team manages environmental stewardship for Camp Ripley, Arden Hills Army Training Site (AHATS), 63 armories, eight field maintenance shops, and two Army aviation support facilities. For their efforts, the group won the Sustainability Team award in the Secretary of the Army Environmental Awards program for fiscal year 2014.
Among the team's endeavors is a partnership with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency allowing for the hire of a Green Corp intern at Camp Ripley, a 53,000-acre training facility for military, federal, state, local, and civilian communities. The intern educated facility managers on energy reduction measures and the ability to compare their current energy use with historic data for the facility. The Sustainability Team challenged each facility to reduce usage by three percent from the previous year, with the winner receiving $10,000 for an energy upgrade.
Biathlon Closes with Great Success for Minnesota National Guard
Posted: March 26, 2015 08:44 AM
JERICHO, Vt. - Maj. Gen. Steven Cray, the Adjutant General of the Vermont National Guard, thanked the more than 120 athletes who had come to Vermont for the 40th Annual Chief National Guard Bureau Biathlon Championships, March 5, 2015. Taking place at the Camp Ethan Allen Training Site in Jericho, Vt., the Biathlon ran for five days of racing and shooting competitions.
Earlier in the week Cray had opened the Biathlon by expressing how pleased he was to see such a strong representation from a variety of Guard units with teams arriving from 24 states. Cray also gave a special greeting to the 30 athletes, military and civilian, who were competing at their first championship.
"It's wonderful to see such a strong sense of community," Cray said. "To see us all come together, to respect and support each other is what it means to be part of the Guard family."
Gold Star Fathers Share Story of Love, Service and Sacrifice
Posted: March 25, 2015 08:45 AM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - "A Gold Star family member is a person who has lost a loved one who was serving our nation in the armed forces regardless of the circumstances of the death," said Survivor Outreach Services provider Amy Garber.
Bill Smith, father of Sgt. 1st Class Paul Smith, and Richard Cauley, father of Spc. George Cauley, two Gold Star dads, recently spoke about their sons and what it means to be a Gold Star father.
"Everyone's greatest fear is the thought they'll say something awkward [to a Gold Star family member]. We want to talk about our loved ones. The greatest sadness would be that no one would remember," said Bill Smith.
334th Brigade Engineer Battalion Celebrates Women's History
Posted: March 24, 2015 01:39 PM
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - Soldiers of Headquarters, Headquarters Company of the 334th Brigade Engineer Battalion took time away from training to celebrate Women's History Month with a look at the history of women in the Minnesota National Guard from someone who lived it.
Invited to speak at the event was Geraldine Longfellow. In 2008, Longfellow retired from the Minnesota Army National Guard at the rank of lieutenant colonel. She has since been brevetted to the rank of colonel.