| 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
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.