| Soldiers Depart Halloween Capital for Deployment to Kuwait
Soldiers from Charlie Battery, 1st Battalion, 125th Field Artillery, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division said goodbye to their family and friends during a departure ceremony May 15, 2011 in Anoka
After the ceremony, C Battery headed north for their two-week annual training at Camp Ripley, Minn where they will prepare for a spring deployment to Kuwait
The festivities began at the battery's downtown Anoka Armory with a brief meet and greet for family and friends Shortly after, the Soldiers assembled into a formation and marched to historic Goodrich Field for the official departure ceremony The path to Goodrich was lined with the American flags provided by the Minnesota Patriot Guard and spectators cheered on the Soldiers as family and friends walked behind the formation
Upon arrival, the Soldiers received a standing ovation from hundreds of supporters in the Goodrich bleachers Among the supporters was Cassie Corbin, wife of Staff Sgt Scott Corbin, a forward observer for C Battery and a native from Ramsey, Minn Cassie is pregnant with the couple's first child and she knows communication on the deployment will be important
"Skype is the big thing we'll be using to stay in contact," said Cassie
For Scott, this will be his fourth deploy, but first deployment as a married man and he is aware his priorities have changed
Scott added, "When I was single my main focus was only on the men, the mission and the welfare of my troops Now I've got double duty with the same focus as well as taking care of my wife at home"
Of course not all troops are married, but that certainly does not mean their lives are void of tremendous commitments Spc Isaac Peterson, a Soldier with C Battery, is a student-athlete at the College of St Scholastica in Duluth, Minn The 20-year old specialist had the option to do "college first," which is an option for Soldiers who are students to be exempt from deployment for a period of time However, he understands that duty calls and he is not worried about the transition from full-time student to full-time Soldier
"I think, more or less it's just something you have to do," said Peterson "I will adjust accordingly With my leadership, and how good of friends I am with everybody in the unit, it should be a pretty easy process"
Following the ceremony, Soldiers and their loved ones were treated to an ice cream social before boarding the buses to Camp Ripley The Soldiers of C Battery are expected to deploy for a year in support of Operation New Dawn and return home in the spring of 2012
By Pfc Bob Brown
1st Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
15 May, 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.