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Minnesota National Guard
Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange (NOREX)
The exchange began in 1974 and is the longest-running military exchange partnership between any two nations. The yearly exchange promotes good will and sharpens military readiness between the nations as well as provides opportunities for cultural understanding among its participants. While in Norway, the Minnesota National Guard Soldiers and Airmen conduct summer or winter operations training with the Norwegian Home Guard in field training exercises. In winter training they will ski into the mountains and sleep in tents and snow shelters. They will also conduct weapons familiarization with their Norwegian trainers. Summer training centers on moutain survival training. The Soldiers and Airmen will have an opportunity to experience some Norwegian culture as they visit some of the sights of Norway and participate in a “Buddy Weekend,” where they will stay with a Norwegian family.

The Norwegian Home Guard Soldiers are staying at Camp Ripley, Minnesota National Guard’s premier training center. flagsThey will be conducting winter training operations with the Minnesota National Guard and will be participating in multiple training exercises. In addition, the Norwegians will stay with a Minnesota family and get the opportunity to experience some local culture.

NorEx Articles

Norex 2014 Magazine.pdf
09/08/2014

The Importance of the American - Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange
07/17/2014

American-Norwegian exchange looks forward to warm partnership
06/20/2014

From the plains of Minnesota to the Mountains of Porsangmoen
06/19/2014

Minnesotan, Norwegian Soldiers Celebrate 40 Years of Partnership
02/28/2013

Maj. Gen. Nash Receives Prominent Norwegian Military Award
02/27/2013

Serving Our Troops Thanks Minnesotans serving in Norway
02/22/2013

Minnesota, Norway Partnership Grows Strong at Camp Ripley
02/20/2013

Norwegian Troop Exchange celebrates with 40th anniversary banquet
02/17/2013

Minnesota Guard Trains in Norwegian Winter
02/17/2013

Gift of Norwegian stone as strong as friendship
02/16/2013

Minnesota Guard Arrives, Trains in Norway
02/15/2013

Norwegian Exchange Farewell Banquet
02/19/2012

Norwegian Home Guard training at Camp Ripley
02/14/2012

Norwegian Home Guard officers hit the airwaves
02/14/2012

39th Annual Norwegian Exchange: More than just Training
02/14/2012

Norwegian Home Guard is spending its 39th year with troops at Camp Ripley
02/09/2012

Minnesota Guard arrives in Norway for annual exchange
02/09/2012

Soldier Exchange creates bonds between Minn. and Norway (video)
02/23/2011

Norwegian Exchange Buddy Weekend
02/21/2011

Norwegian Exchange brings relatives together
02/18/2011

Minnesota Guard trains in bitter Norwegian cold
02/15/2011

An American meal for the Norwegian Exchange
02/15/2011

Norwegians, Croatians train with U.S. M4 Rifle at Ripley
02/15/2011

Minnesota Guard provides local training with a global impact
02/22/2010

2010 Norwegian Exchange Program comes to a close
02/22/2010

Norwegian soldiers tour area
02/21/2010

Norwegian Home Guard officers visit St. Olaf College
02/19/2010

The Youth of the Norwegian Home Guard
02/18/2010

Minnesota National Guard Conducts 37th Annual Norwegian Exchange
02/12/2010

Minnesota National Guard Conducts 37th Annual Norwegian Exchange
02/11/2010

Minnesota Guardsmen Train in Norway for the 36th Year
03/06/2009

Minnesota Guardsmen participate in 37th Annual Reciprocal Troop Exchange
02/23/2009

All American by day, Norwegian by Night
02/17/2009

Soldiers and Airmen conducting training in Norway
02/22/2008

The 35th Annual Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange Begins
02/20/2008

Minnesota National Guard deploy to Norway for 35th Annual Norwegian Exchange
02/20/2008

Senior Training Coordinators in Little Falls
02/20/2008

35th Annual Norwegian Exchange Youth Training
02/17/2008

Minnesota National Guard Prepares for Norwegian Exchange
01/13/2008

Cultural Experience
02/23/2007

A man who helps to make it happen
02/23/2007

Norwegian Home Guard Soldiers Continue Training
02/22/2007

Field Training in Norway
02/21/2007

Minnesota, Norwegian Troop Exchange
02/20/2007

MN National Guard members start training mission in Norway
02/16/2007

Norwegian Exchange Preparation Weekend at Camp Ripley
01/24/2007

 
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