| Cathedral of St. Paul holds Mass for Troops
The Cathedral of Saint Paul, in St Paul, Minn held an open denomination mass for families of deploying service members and the public On Saturday evening all troops were given the opportunity to come inside and be blessed by the beautiful dÃ©cor and hear the sermon within
One of the many families in attendance at the mass were the members of the Hoffman family
"We loved the service today," Maj Bruce Hoffman who attended with his wife and two young daughters, dressed in darling pink Easter dresses, hugging on his arms
"It was a wonderful service, it was very special to see that the bishop could come," said Hoffman's wife
Twelve members of the Eustice family, all with matching bright red personalized tee-shirts in support of their Soldiers, attended the mass The family has three members deploying with the 1/34th Brigade Combat Team, a private first class, a sergeant and a command sergeant major The two brothers and their father will be a part of the 2,400 troops mobilized in support of Operation New Dawn
"I thought it was nice that they did that," Pfc John Eustice, who is one the brothers of the three deploying service members from the Eustice family deploying soon to Kuwait and Iraq
"I thought it was very well," said a sister of the deploying brothers "It was so nice to see the support from the church and it was nice to have that when they were going to deploy"
The mass offered words of encouragement and blessings for all denominations in attendance during the sermon, as well as gifts that were offered at the end of mass to the troops in attendance One token included a dog tag with the "˜shield of strength' on one side and a Red Bull insignia on the other, something many enjoyed receiving
"It was nice to see the bishop presiding over the mass in this beautiful building," said 1st Lt Jeremy Pedersen, Chaplin of the 2-135th Infantry ""¦ it was very spiritually uplifting"
Soldiers from the 1/34th Brigade Combat Team will leave this summer and be stationed primarily in Kuwait They will be responsible for providing base management, security, securing ground convoys to and from Iraq The Brigade is expected to return early summer of 2012
April 9th, 2011
By Staff Sgt Lynette Hoke
1st Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
Camp Ripley strikes first before wildfire season
Posted: 2017-03-24 10:19 AM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - Every spring Camp Ripley begins its annual controlled burn program to help reduce the risk of wildfire during training.
"Usually the burns are completed every spring before the summer annual training season begins," said Tim Notch, training area coordinator on Camp Ripley. "However, the warmer weather conditions provide a nice opportunity for preventative burns earlier this season."
As in years past Camp Ripley will conduct controlled burns on approximately 13,000 acres of the 53,000-acre military reservation. The burns are done in coordination with the staffs of the Camp Ripley Department of Public Works and the Camp Ripley Environmental Department along with support from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Minnesota Guardsman earns recognition through Leads 2 Enlistment program
Posted: 2017-03-23 09:46 AM
DULUTH, Minn. - Pfc. Trevor Nelson received the Minnesota Distinguished Recruiting Ribbon and a Minnesota Recruiting and Retention Battalion medallion for excellence from Command Sgt. Maj. Curtis Serbus, March 18, 2017, at the Duluth Armory. Nelson earned these awards as part of the online referral system, Leads 2 Enlistment for referring four friends who have joined the Minnesota National Guard.
"I talked to some buddies in my school about the Guard. They liked the benefits, so I put their info in the app and let my recruiter take over." said Nelson. "I thought it would be fun to serve with friends and help them figure out their path in life."
Nelson is currently a senior at Cloquet Senior High School and assigned to the Recruit Sustainment Program in Duluth. He attended basic training at Fort Benning in the summer of 2016 with follow-on training in the summer of 2017 to become an infantryman.
Litchfield and Local Veteran Honor Gen. John Vessey at Armory Open House
Posted: 2017-03-10 08:50 AM
LITCHFIELD, Minn. -Bruce Cottington, a Navy veteran of WWII and Korea, donated a bronze bust of Gen. John W. Vessey, Jr. to the Litchfield National Guard unit during the armory's public open house event March 4. Cottington, a Litchfield resident, commands the Minnesota Chapter of the Veterans of Underage Military Service. VUMS members enlisted in the military prior to the minimum age requirement in order to serve their country during WWII. Cottington received the bust from Vessey, a fellow VUMS member. Both enlisted in the military at the age of 16.
The highlight of the 334th Brigade Engineer Battalion open house was the unveiling of the sculpture. The unit was very supportive when Cottington proposed donating the sculpture. The Litchfield community has always been very supportive of the National Guard over the years, so the open house was a chance to say 'thanks' to their neighbors. "This was a great opportunity to honor Bruce and to honor Gen. Vessey," said B Co., 334th Brigade Engineer Battalion Commander, Capt. Seth Goreham. Bravo Company also has a tight relationship with the local American Legion and VFW. Many Litchfield citizens are former members of Bravo Company, or the unit's predecessors A Co, 682nd Engineer Battalion, and the 849th Mobility Augmentation Company.
Camp Ripley welcomes new command sergeant major
Posted: 2017-03-08 03:29 PM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - The garrison command team of Camp Ripley, family, friends and colleagues from the Minnesota National Guard attended a Change of Responsibility ceremony between Command Sgt. Maj. Mike Worden and Command Sgt. Maj. Matt Erickson, March 5, 2017, at Camp Ripley.
The ceremony was an official "passing of the sword" from one senior noncommissioned officer to the next and assumption of the duties and responsibilities that go along with the position of Garrison Command Sergeant Major.
As with many military ceremonies those in attendance welcomed Erickson as a new member of the team and bid farewell, recognized and thanked Worden for his service.