| 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
Norwegian Home Guard gets inter-agency training
Posted: 2015-02-25 03:15 PM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn.- Soldiers of the Norwegian Home Guard conducted inter-agency training with state and local law enforcement, Feb. 12-23, 2015, at Camp Ripley.
"The training conducted by the Norwegian Rapid Reaction Force, or RRF, is based on the National Guard's focus of inter-agency cooperation in time of need," said Lt. Col. Bryce Erickson of the Minnesota National Guard.
The training was organized as part of the American-Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange; which is in its 42nd consecutive year between the Minnesota National Guard and the Norwegian Home Guard.
Minnesota, Norwegian service members retrace a successful mission, remember the terrible cost
Posted: 2015-02-24 10:14 AM
SNAASA, Norway- Airmen and Soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard participating in the 42nd American - Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange (NOREX) retraced the steps of U.S. and Norwegian special operators 70 years ago who, during the final months of World War II, waged a successful sabotage campaign against German forces occupying Norway.
The U.S. Service members, along with their Norwegian counterparts, completed a 12-mile trek on skis through mountainous terrain, as well as a reconnaissance of the Jorstad bridge and simulated demolition using signal flares. The field training exercise concluded, February 19, 2015, with a ceremony in honor of those who destroyed the bridge to stop the movement of German troops through Norway and a wreath-laying in memory of the 80 people who perished, January 13, 1945, when a train derailed into the icy water several hours after the demolition.
148th Fighter Wing 1st Sgt. Assists in Saving a Life
Posted: 2015-02-23 11:06 AM
DULUTH, Minn.- Whether he is performing his duties at the 148th Fighter Wing, Duluth, Minn., or volunteering as the Fire Chief for the Rice Lake Volunteer Fire Department, Senior Master Sgt. Scott Twining epitomizes the Air Force core value of "service before self".
As a member of the volunteer fire department and a first responder, Twining and the rest of the Rice Lake Fire Department team are often the first emergency response personnel to get to a scene. Twining estimates that 80 percent of their calls are for medical emergencies.
On Jan. 7, 2015, Twining and other members of the fire department responded to a call for help at a local business establishment. Upon their arrival, a male in his mid-fifties was collapsing from a heart attack. After a quick medical assessment, Twining and other team members set up a defibrillator and began to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
Sentry Savannah brings Minnesota brothers together
Posted: 2015-02-20 10:41 AM
SAVANNAH, Ga.- In the Guard, it is not unusual to have family members in the same unit. It is unusual, however, to have three brothers doing the same job for the same unit.
Staff Sgt. Michael Sirois, Senior Airman Patrick Sirois and Airman 1st Class Nicholas Sirois are F-16 Fighting Falcon crew chiefs with the 148th Fighter Wing, Duluth, Minn. and are participating in the 2015 Sentry Savannah 15-1 training exercise taking place Feb. 7-20 in Savannah, Ga.
Nicholas just got back from Crew Chief Technical School in July 2014 and Sentry Savannah was the first deployment the brothers had an opportunity to go on together.