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The 35th Annual Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange Begins

With the departure of the Minnesota National Guard contingent to Norway on Feb 12, and the arrival of the Norwegian Home Guard contingent to Camp Ripley on Feb 14, the 35th Annual Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange has begun While in Norway, the Minnesota National Guard Soldiers and Airmen will conduct winter operations training with the Norwegian Home Guard in the mountains of Norway They will participate in a field training exercise where they will ski into the mountains and sleep in tents and snow shelters They will also conduct weapons familiarization with their Norwegian trainers The Guard Soldiers and Airmen will also 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

While in Minnesota, the Norwegian Home Guard Soldiers will stay at Camp Ripley the Minnesota National Guard's main training center The Home Guard is split into two separate groups One is made up of Rapid Reaction Forces (RRF) and the other is made up of Home Guard Youth, new troops between the ages of 17 and 19

The two groups will conduct separate training with members of the Minnesota National Guard at Camp Ripley The RRF will focus their training on civil disturbance and reacting to threats as well as learning from the experiences of Minnesota Soldiers who have been to Iraq for the War on Terror The youth will work more on generalized familiarization with Guard equipment and procedures

The Exchange will run approximately two weeks

By Officer Candidate Kenneth R Toole
Feb 14, 2008

The Norwegian Exchange Program



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