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Camp Ripley hosts Nation to Nation event

"There is a federal mandate that calls on us as stewards of the land to maintain contact with the federally recognized tribes throughout the state We have been doing what is required by the law but now we want to build on that even more and really develop a relationship with the tribes"said Marty Skoglund, Environmental Supervisor at Camp Ripley

The Minnesota National Guard hosted a Nation to Nation visit with eleven different tribal nations at Camp Ripley on October 11 and 12 The goal of the event was to develop an agreement and have it signed by the Guard and each of the tribal representatives that were in attendance The agreement would set forth a policy on how the land would be developed and used at Camp Ripley so that it would not harm areas that were of cultural significance to the Native American population

Dennis Gill, a representative of the Sisseton Wahpeton, Dakota Nation said, "I think they are doing things out of the goodness of their hearts, it makes me feel good to get the responses that I got from the representatives of the guard There is a real sincere effort"

"During the Indian population represented one half of one percent of the nation but in the armed forces they were over three percent" Gill added

Part of the days events included talks about what Camp Ripley's role has been to preserve the cultural significant areas of the camp and plans for the future and possible construction projects The representatives viewed a demonstration of fire power as they were taken out to one of Camp Ripley's ranges they saw a M109A6 155mm Paladin, a M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank, and a M2A2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle

"Today has been a very positive and productive day for the Minnesota National Guard Bottom line is about building relationships, we talked about a lot of things, but it is about building relationships and I am very proud of that"said Maj. Gen. Larry Shellito, The Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General

Story by Staff Sgt Kenneth Toole, Oct 11, 2006




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Governor Mark Dayton installs new Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General

Posted: 2017-11-04  04:16 PM
TAG installation ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton administered the oath of office to Maj. Gen. Jon A. Jensen, installing him as the Minnesota National Guard's 31st Adjutant General during a ceremony in St. Paul, November 4, 2017.

"General Jensen has been a tremendous leader of the Minnesota National Guard throughout his years of dedicated service," said Governor Dayton. "He has served in two top leadership positions, as the Commanding General of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, and also as the Chief of Staff at the Guard's Joint Force Headquarters. I am confident that he will continue to provide the same outstanding leadership as his predecessor, General Rick Nash."

Jensen most recently served as the Commanding General of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division. He previously held positions as Deputy Commanding General, United States Army Africa and Southern European Task Force, Minnesota National Guard Director of the Joint Staff and Minnesota National Guard Assistant Adjutant General - Army.



Guard Heritage Suffers with Loss of Artillery Unit

Posted: 2017-10-04  11:22 AM
ETAB ANOKA, Minn. - The Minnesota National Guard lost one of its most historically significant units when the 151st Artillery's E Battery, (Target Acquisition) cased its colors in a ceremony at the Anoka High School Aug. 19, 2017.

The Target Acquisition Battery (ETAB), 151st Field Artillery is one of the oldest and most decorated units in the Minnesota National Guard and the 34th Infantry Division. "Both Minnesota and the Division lose the proud lineage that goes back to Civil War days, through WW1 and WW2, and had a significant amount of battle streamers," said 151st Field Artillery Battalion Commander, Lt. Col. Patrick Cornwell.

The 151st Field Artillery draws its lineage from the 1st Regiment, Minnesota Heavy Artillery of 1864 which fought two major campaigns in Tennessee during the Civil War.



In one month: Minnesota Guardsmen support Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria

Posted: 2017-09-29  02:25 PM
Minnesota National Guard ST. PAUL, Minn. - In the span of a few weeks, three major hurricanes hit different parts of the southern United States, causing widespread damage and destruction and requiring the response of agencies around the country. The Minnesota National Guard is one of the many organizations that have responded, sending Soldiers and Airmen to Texas, Florida, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

"This is the most gratifying deployment of my career," said Capt. Jeremy Maxey with the 133rd Airlift Wing who was called back from his vacation early to go to the Virgin Islands. "It means a lot to be able to actually directly help people. It's why I serve. Throughout my career I've deployed numerous times, but this is the one where you actually see the people you serve."

The start of the month brought the first request for assistance. On Sept. 1, two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and 11 personnel from the St. Cloud-based B Company, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 211th Aviation Regiment left for Texas following Hurricane Harvey to transport personnel and equipment in support of response efforts.



Finding fellowship in the sacred mission

Posted: 2017-09-26  12:02 PM
Minnesota National Guard CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - One of the most difficult, most sacred, honorable duties in the military is one that people don't often think about. It takes compassion, empathy, care, and requires great resilience. It is one that when called upon to train for, they hope to rarely perform because it means another Soldier has been lost. It is the duty of casualty notification officer and casualty assistance officer.

About 45 Minnesota Army National Guard Soldiers came to Camp Ripley, Minnesota, on September 21-22, 2017, for a Reset Seminar to find fellowship in one specific thing they have in common: delivering the worst news in the Army.

When a Soldier dies at home or overseas, CNOs and CAOs must notify and help families through the process, including paperwork, benefits, and funeral arrangements.



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