| 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
Minnesota National Guard Remembers the Holocaust with Jewish Community Relations Council
Posted: 2017-04-24 10:43 AM
Washington - Members of the Minnesota National Guard and the Air Force Reserve traveled to Washington D.C. with the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (also known as the JCRC), to visit the Holocaust Museum, April 4, 2017, to honor the victims of the Holocaust. Also, traveling with this group were St. Paul and Minneapolis police officers along with students from various high schools around the state. For those in uniform that day, it was an opportunity to see, hear and experience the stories of victims and survivors of the Holocaust.
Each Service member who attended was asked to bring back a summary of their experience in the form of a presentation, professional discussion or briefing to their respective unit in order to help other Guard members better understand and remember that horrible event, to honor the courage of the victims and survivors, and to remain vigilant as members of the U.S. military.
"The honor and privilege of accompanying members of the Minnesota National Guard to the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. met so many goals," said Steve Hunegs, the executive director of the JCRC. "I wanted to reinforce the importance of the commitment of the U.S. military to democracy. After all, it was the Allies that defeated Nazi Germany and ultimately put an end to the Holocaust."
Learning to instruct professionalism and discipline
Posted: 2017-04-19 02:15 PM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - It was a challenging and rewarding two weeks for members attending the Army National Guard Funeral Honors Instructor Course, April 1-14, at Camp Ripley.
Soldiers of National Guard units from all over the United States took part in the course designed to educate team leaders in a variety of funeral honor detail tasks, traditions and responsibilities.
"It's a stressful course, but for our job, we have to be prepared to do our job under stress; and we all really benefitted from that," said Class Honor Grad, Sgt. Ryan Valline of the 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry.
Chaplains support Muslim Soldiers by finding common ground
Posted: 2017-04-18 01:42 PM
ROSEMOUNT, Minn. - The Soldiers of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division had a unique opportunity to speak with one of the U.S. Army's five Muslim chaplains April 7-10, 2017. U.S. Army Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Khallid Shabazz, I Corps deputy command chaplain, travelled from Fort Lewis, Washington, to Minnesota to provide professional development for the division chaplain section.
"Soldiers perform at a higher level when they are spiritually fit," said Minnesota National Guard Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Buddy Winn, the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division command chaplain. "And, it's our job as chaplains to make sure Soldiers have their spiritual needs met, regardless of faith. Having Chaplain Shabazz here as a Muslim Chaplain provides the diversity in religious background that we can't provide internally."
There are five major religions supported by the chaplaincy: Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist, but over 200 religions are recognized. Chaplains can only perform services for their particular religion, but they can provide support for all Soldiers, regardless of their faith.
Howling with pride - Minnesota Service members honored by MN Timberwolves
Posted: 2017-04-14 04:25 PM
ST. PAUL, Minn. - For the third consecutive year, Minnesota service members were honored with on-court recognition and other VIP treatments as part of the Minnesota Timberwolves Heroes of the Pack Program.
"We are very appreciative for what the military does for us, and we wanted to give something back to honor the military," said Roger McCabe, who along with wife, Nancy, is a driving force behind the recognitions through the FastBreak Foundation and Roger & Nancy McCabe Foundation. "This is our way of doing it."
Having lived through the Vietnam War - and with Roger and Nancy both having parents who served - the two philanthropists decided a few years back to build upon existing recognition efforts already underway by the Timberwolves. And with that, recognitions that were typically happening at Target Center in November expanded to include Minnesota Service members from all branches at every home game - a total of 41 honorees per season.