| Employers observe Guard training firsthand during Bosslift
A Bosslift conducted by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve office was held at Camp Ripley Training Center April 21st. Over 20 employers met at the Camp Ripley Town Hall to learn more about Camp Ripley and what a day in the life of a Soldier or Airman is like.
According to the ESGR website, a Bosslift transports employers and supervisors to military training sites where they observe National Guard and Reserve members on duty as part of the Total Force. This provides the employer a better understanding of what their Reservists do when they are away from their civilian occupation for duty with their military units. Employers see firsthand the type and quality of military training and leadership activities National Guard and Reserve members receive.
The day started with a brief at the Town Hall from Col. Scott St. Sauver, Camp Ripley Post Commander. He explained that Camp Ripley provides the best training for Soldiers preparing for deployment, serves State agencies, such as the State Patrol, currently training on camp and maintains good community relations. St. Sauver also explained the importance of support from the community for Soldiers and Airmen returning home from deployments.
The group also toured Camp Ripley and had the opportunity to see many of the facilities, simulators and equipment Camp Ripley has to offer. Some of the stops included: an environmental brief in the Marty J. Skoglund Environmental Classroom, a tour of the Maneuver Area Training Equipment Site, a presentation on the Close Combat Tactical Trainer and a tour of the Regional Training Site & Maintenance facility.
“It’s valuable for employers to be able to see and experience what their employees go through,” said Master Sgt. Reed, Chief Instructor, RTS-M. “If employers can experience what Soldiers go through, they are more supportive of them. ESGR supports our Soldiers and Airmen and educates employees on the value of skills they receive through military training such as the leadership and discipline.”
Drew Rassmussen of Rasmussen Heating said this was his first experience on a Bosslift.
“The whole experience has been great,” said Rassmussen. “I’m learning a lot about what Camp Ripley has to offer and what ESGR does for communities and Service members. For a person like me that has never been in the military, it’s good to understand what Service members do and coming here on this tour is a great way to learn about what they do.
Midway through the Bosslift, five area employers signed a statement of support. Employers who received this statement of support included: Kathryn Stotka, Director of Sales, Cragun’s Resort; Patience Svor, Manager of Prime Lending, Dewayne Collins, owner of Blue Lakes Disposal; Jeff Hines and Wyatt Cekella both Agents for Aspire Realty; and Shawn Peterschick, owner of Wiczek’s Floor and More Carpets.
“This event provided area employers a glimpse of what Soldiers and Airmen do and the resources that Camp Ripley offers,” said Mike Bellos, ESGR State Training Director and Volunteer. “The support that the Recruiting Force and Joint Visitor’s Bureau offered made this successful event possible.”
Story and photos by Officer Candidate Trista LaFontaine
Camp Ripley Public Affairs
21 April, 2011
Large-scale exercises test 1/34th ABCT
Posted: 2015-06-29 08:42 AM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - In a simultaneous fashion while rolling up to the firing line, Soldiers man the crew-served and main gun weapon systems onboard their M1A1 Abrams tanks and identify targets at Camp Ripley Training Center on June 16, 2015 - the first drill of its kind for some Soldiers of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division.
"While my gunner is firing on a target, my tank commander is engaging a truck using his .50 cal., and I see rounds flying from our wingman who's engaging a tank way out there," said Spc. Ted Coy, an Abrams driver with 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry Regiment. "Seeing all the tracer rounds cross while our platoon is firing at different targets at the same time is one of the coolest things I've ever seen."
The gunnery and maneuver exercise that Coy and his platoon conducted was one of the many integrated training events the 1st ABCT has been conducting during its Exportable Combat Training Capabilities exercises - a training period spanning from May 2015 to August 2015.
Carpentry and Cooking Cultivates Creativity
Posted: 2015-06-26 01:34 PM
RACINOVIC, Croatia - The hobbies of a National Guardsman can become wildly different between the Military Occupational Specialty a Service member holds compared with 'real life' or what they do with their time outside of drill weekends.
Spc. Brita Hensel's days as a masonry specialist in the 851st Vertical Engineer Company may be few, but her passion and drive for service is something that shows, whether she is drilling or not.
Driven by a desire to travel she recently volunteered for a trip to a small town in Croatia as a part of the Minnesota National Guard's state partnership program to help rebuild a community center. She is a military-trained carpenter, but when she isn't building she is baking or cooking up a new recipe.
Minnesota Guard Recruiters Get the Facts in the Field
Posted: 2015-06-24 07:36 PM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - Minnesota Army National Guard recruiters from Camp Ripley visited Soldiers in the field during training, June 11-19, 2015.
Personnel of the Minnesota National Guard's Recruiting and Retention Battalion stationed at Camp Ripley, ventured 'down range' to talk to Soldiers about their duties and responsibilities as National Guard Soldiers.
"Everyone in recruiting comes from a wide variety of military jobs before joining the team," said Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Derheimer, Central Minnesota Station Chief. "My MOS or Military Occupational Specialty, was originally working with the Field Artillery."
Minnesota Guardsman works with Croatians to help local village damaged by flooding
Posted: 2015-06-23 10:48 AM
To be inspired to serve in the American military is sometimes driven by movies, friends or family. For Minnesota National Guard Spc. Robert Matz it didn't come from his immediate family, but his eight uncles who have served in the U.S. Military.
"All of my father's nine brothers did some kind of military service, but I am in the first in my family to join," said Matz.
Recently he joined nearly 30 other Soldiers from the 851st Vertical Engineer Company out of Camp Ripley Training Center, Minn., for his first time overseas to Croatia for a humanitarian assistance project funded by the Office of Defense Cooperation and the National Guard State Partnership Program.