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Camp Ripley Environmental Efforts

Camp Ripley has been a world-class military training center since 1931 For decades, various branches of the military and state agencies have trained at the center and benefited from its resources They aren't the only ones benefiting though

Camp Ripley has partnered with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to conduct county biological surveys and assist with the tracking of wildlife on its sprawling 53,000 acres

"The great thing about the National Guard camp"? particularly the way they are concerned about wildlife and the environment there is that it does provide this wonderful sanctuary,"?said Dave Garshelis, Black Bear Project Leader, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

In the late 1960's, the wolf population in Minnesota was limited to the northeast portion of the state Currently Minnesota's gray wolf population is listed as a threatened species under the Federal Endangered Species Act The DNR states feels that a decision to remove the wolves from that list is anticipated in the next year Part of their population growth is due to the efforts of Camp Ripley and DNR staff

"Technology has changed significantly in the way we track wolves That's really something that was pioneered right on Camp Ripley,"? Dan Stark, Wolf Management Specialist, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

The tracking has shown that the wolves at Camp Ripley are reproducing and expanding into other areas such as Wisconsin and Northern Michigan In fact, one of the first wolves to be collared in Michigan had been caught as a pup five years earlier by Mike Nelson, a Sr Research Scientist for the US Geological Survey and is raising pups of her own

The goal of such conservation and protection initiatives at Camp Ripley is not only to benefit the environment, but also the people who train there

"The Minnesota Guard and the environment are not two ends of the spectrum,"? Col Richard Weaver, Camp Ripley Post Commander "We want it to be a place where Soldiers can train here forever and keeping the environment"?woods, the foliage, the animals, everything here is in our best interest"?

Four local college students were sent by the National Guard DOCS program to capture the partnership between Camp Ripley and the Minnesota DNR in a documentary The filmmakers are competing with three other teams to get this National Guard Green Documentary to be premiered at the Dallas International Film Festival You can view the film below, but to vote please visit the National Guard DOCS website

National Guard DOCS website
The Ripley Reporter E-zine: The Martin J. Skoglund Classroom
Camp Ripley Environmental Awards




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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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