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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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Securing the Bold North: Minnesota National Guard supports Super Bowl LII

Posted: 2018-02-02  10:45 PM
Super Bowl 52 MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - More than 400 Minnesota National Guardsmen are supporting security efforts in Minneapolis ahead of Super Bowl 52.

"This is what we do," said Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen, Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard. "When the local community can't meet the public safety needs, they come to the Guard. We're their normal partner, we're a natural partner, and we're their preferred partner when it comes to filling in the gaps that they can't fill."

At the request of the city, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton authorized the Minnesota National Guard to provide support to security efforts leading up to and during Super Bowl 52. The Guardsmen are providing direct support to and working alongside law enforcement officers from across the state. Like their civilian law enforcement partners, Minnesota Guardsmen are focused on ensuring a safe experience for the residents and visitors who are attending the Super Bowl festivities.



100 Years Ago, Camp Cody's "Grand Old Man" formed 34th Infantry Division

Posted: 2018-01-18  12:59 PM
Gen. Augustus Blocksom Decorated veteran Augustus Blocksom was a man of his time, but times were changing. He exemplified Progressive Era America prior to the Great War. Blocksom participated in all the major US Army campaigns for nearly a half-century. He fought American Indians, Spaniards, Chinese and Filipinos. He brought that experience to Camp Cody, New Mexico where he assembled units from across the mid-West to form the 34th Infantry Division in 1917.



Iowa Red Bull takes command of 34th Infantry Division

Posted: 2017-12-13  10:11 AM
Minnesota National Guard JOHNSTON, Iowa - Brig. Gen. Benjamin J. Corell, Deputy Adjutant General of the Iowa National Guard, assumed command of the 34th Infantry Division "Red Bulls" during a ceremony in Rosemount, Minnesota, on December 9, 2017.

Headquartered in Minnesota, the division has been commanded almost-exclusively by members of the Minnesota National Guard since 1968.

"Typically there's been very few people who have been allowed to command the 34th Infantry Division that didn't come from the state of Minnesota," Corell said.



Minnesota-based aviation unit honors storied division, enters into new, 'expeditionary' era

Posted: 2017-12-12  11:29 AM
Minnesota National Guard ST. PAUL, Minn. - Soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade (ECAB), who recently celebrated a year full of achievements, have embraced a new name: Red Devils.

The St. Paul-based unit hosted its annual aviation brigade ball Dec. 9, at the Envision Event Center in Oakdale, Minnesota, where the unit's new logo was unveiled.

Soldiers of the 34th ECAB, which falls under and supports the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, will continue to wear the Red Bull insignia on their uniforms. However, they will now be known and referred to as the Red Devils, a name that pays homage to the division's historical accomplishments and fierce warfighting.



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