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Minnesota National Guard Conducts 37th Annual Norwegian Exchange

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February, 11 2010

~Minnesota National Guard Conducts 37th Annual Norwegian Exchange~

The 37th Annual Reciprocal Troop Exchange between the Minnesota National Guard and Norwegian Home Guard will take place February 11-24, 2010 

The Minnesota National Guard and the Norwegian Home Guard Reciprocal Troop Exchange began in 1974 and is the longest-running military exchange partnership between any two nations  The annual exchange promotes goodwill, sharpens military readiness and provides opportunities for cultural understanding and military diversity

During the exchange, approximately 100 Soldiers and Airmen of the Minnesota National Guard traded places with 100 members of Norway's Home Guard  Minnesota Soldiers and Airmen conduct training exercises with the Norwegian Home Guard at Camp Vaernes and the Haltdalen Training Center in Norway  Concurrently, Norwegian Home Guard Soldiers participate in similar training with the Minnesota National Guard at Camp Ripley
 
Military training conducted during the two week Norwegian Exchange includes:
- Cultural awareness
- Host nation familiarization in military tactics, techniques, procedures
- rifle marksmanship
- land navigation
- winter survival
- fire power demonstrations
- three-day, two-night collective training exercise

MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA ARE INVITED to embed with the Minnesota National Guard during the Norwegian Exchange at Camp Ripley from Monday, February 15 to Friday February 19 

Media wishing to embed should contact the Minnesota National Guard at mn.ng.web@mail.mil or call 651-282-4410

For more information on the Norwegian Exchange visit www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org and "click" on the 37th Annual Norwegian Exchange Special Feature or call 320-616-3122 

For more information on the Minnesota National Guard visit us at www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org              

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