/*********************************************** * Chrome CSS Drop Down Menu- (c) Dynamic Drive DHTML code library (www.dynamicdrive.com) * This notice MUST stay intact for legal use * Visit Dynamic Drive at http://www.dynamicdrive.com/ for full source code ***********************************************/
History
Minnesota National Guard
Croatian leaders visit troops

CAMP RIPLEY, Minn-The 2011 Croatian Exchange Partners for Peace mission was made extra special by the attendance of a few high level guests July 14 and 15

Pjer Å imunovic, State Secretary in the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Croatia, Vice Skracic, acting ambassador, Croatian Brig Gen Vlado Sindler and Croatian Brig Gen Mate Paden traveled to Camp Ripley to meet with Soldiers and observe their training

"We currently have a platoon size element of Soldiers from the country of Croatia training with my battalion," said Minnesota Army National Guard Lt. Col. Mark G Wiens, battalion commander, 2nd Battalion, 136th Combined Arms Battalion "They will train side by side with the Soldiers of my battalion and be able to share their experience back and forth, enhancing the training for both groups"

Download photos
The group started their visit to Minnesota by meeting with Maj. Gen. Richard Nash, adjutant general of the Minnesota National Guard, and then received a briefing on the Operational, Mentoring and Liaison Team number five, which Croatia is a part of, said Minnesota Army National Guard Lt. Col. Guy Konietzko, International Affairs Officer This was followed by lunch at a local restaurant and then departure for Camp Ripley

Upon their arrival to Little Falls, Minn the group had their first opportunity to meet with the Soldiers taking part in the exchange The Soldiers and distinguished visitors dined together at the Cabin Fever restaurant in Little Falls

"It's a great pleasure to be able to dine with you this evening," said Brig Gen Jerry Lang, assistant adjutant general of the Minnesota National Guard, as he spoke with the Croatian Soldiers "I hope the training you are receiving is beneficial and the bonds you build with your American counterparts last you a lifetime"

The next morning the group had breakfast with Camp Ripley Post Commander Col Scott St Sauver, who spoke with them about the capabilities of the installation

Breakfast was followed by a trip down range where the group had the opportunity to observe Soldiers conducting training

"What you are about to observe is a combined arms fire power demonstration," said Minnesota Army National Guard Maj Byce Erickson, operations officer, 2nd Battalion, 136th Combined Arms Battalion "The demonstration will start with a M1 main battle tank moving into position and firing, followed by a Bradley Fighting Vehicle, which contains a squad of Soldiers who dismount and take up fighting positions The demonstration utilizes both Americans and Croatian Soldiers"

Following the demonstration, the group went to a local establishment and had lunch with Camp Ripley staff members

The group finished their Camp Ripley activities by observing Soldiers conducting an urban operation exercise The Soldiers demonstrated for the group a cordon and search operation, which again utilized both American and Croatian Soldiers working together to conduct the operation

"Troops are well integrated together, they have been able to establish seamless action," said Å imunovic We can truly learn from each other For us this is an opportunity to train with the best and also have the benefits of this fine establishment

The group is finished their visit to Minnesota with a dinner with senior leaders from the Minnesota National Guard


By 1st Lt Kenneth R Toole

Camp Ripley Public Affairs Officer




Articles archive

In The News archive

Media Advisory archive

Latest News

Minnesota Guardsmen learn survival skills, train with Norwegian counterparts

Posted: 2018-07-03  01:36 PM
NOREX 45 Over the course of 10 days, 100 Soldiers and Airmen from the Minnesota National Guard who traveled to Norway June 17-26, 2018, for the 45th Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange learned valuable survival skills and shared their knowledge with members of the Norwegian Home Guard. This year's exchange was the second to take place during the summer months in the history of the longest-running military partnership between two nations.

"It was a great experience for both the Minnesota National Guard and the Norwegian Home Guard," said Capt. 'Kiwi' HorgA�ien, the senior Norwegian instructor. "A cultural exchange, a social exchange and military exchange all packed into one."

The 45th exchange got off to a late start, with flight delays causing the trip to be shortened from its normal length of two weeks. The delay meant that the Minnesota Guardsmen jumped right into training, heading out to the field after just a few hours of sleep.



133rd Airlift Wing Emphasizes Combat Readiness Training

Posted: 2018-06-29  10:48 AM
Alpena ALPENA, Michigan - Approximately 300 U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 133rd Airlift Wing participated in a readiness exercise at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Alpena, Mich.

The exercise, tagged as Iron Ore, was designed test the Airmen abilities to set up operations at an unfamiliar location and receive in depth training on Ability-To-Survive and Operate (ATSO) principles while supporting airlift and aeromedical flight operations.

To ensure mission success and readiness, Airmen had to complete training at home station prior to leaving for Alpena. Some of this training included weapons qualification, gas mask fit testing, Mission Oriented Protective Posture (MOPP) familiarization, self-aid and buddy care and career field training.



Red Bulls Kickoff Division Warfighter

Posted: 2018-06-13  01:38 PM
DIV WFX CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. - "A Warfighter is an exercise that allows the Division to evaluate their ability to maneuver assets in a battle," said Master Sgt. Greg Weaver, the Operations Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge for the Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion. "It is designed to focus on particular areas and specific objectives to be evaluated or tested."

The Division has geared its' planning and training efforts in preparation for Warfighter since July 2017. Coordinating transportation for Soldiers and equipment was often on the mind of Maj. David Johansson, the logistics officer for the 34th ID. With the coordination of Johansson and his team, troops and equipment all converged on Camp Atterbury, enlisting the help of 89 railcars, 280 tractor-trailers, and nearly 50 buses for the movement.

"I like to say my job is to 'quiet the noise'". Johansson continued, "The noise being a real life logistical problem that could impede the exercise."



Minnesota-based aviation unit takes part in Warfighter Exercise

Posted: 2018-06-08  11:59 AM
34ECAB WFX CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. - More than 150 Soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade are here participating in a multi-echelon training event, Warfighter Exercise 18-5, May 30 to June 15.

The exercise, which is part live and part virtual, is testing the St. Paul, Minnesota-based aviation unit's ability to conduct operations and mission command in a high-intensity, complex operating environment. Soldiers are being challenged to take decisive action as they focus on air-ground operations -- or synchronizing and integrating aviation operations into the scheme of maneuver planned and conducted by forces on the ground.

In this case, the units on the ground are being commanded by the Rosemount, Minnesota-based 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, which is also participating in the exercise.



Article archive
 
top