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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

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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


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