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Army 10-Miler, Kuwait

Camp Buehring, Kuwait, played host to the Army 10-Miler satellite run Oct 2 Hundreds of deployed service members and civilians participated in the run The official Army 10-Miler is on Oct 9, in Washington, DC The Army 10-Miler was open to all service members deployed to Kuwait Morale, Welfare and Recreation on Camp Buehring planned and coordinated this year's event

"The bus left our camp at 3:30am to accommodate the start time and our drive time," said Staff Sgt Margaret Schliesing from Cambridge, Minn She rode an hour to participate from a camp in central Kuwait "Glad I did it It was an experience," said Schliesing, who is deployed with the 134th Brigade Support Battalion, 34th Red Bull Infantry Division from Camp Ripley, Minn



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Registration opened at 3:00 am Runners from all branches of the service showed up in civilian running gear or military physical fitness uniforms Staff Sgt Nicholas Kuffel, A Company, 2-135 Infantry Battalion, deployed to Camp Buehring, showed up to the 10-Miler with rucksack, weapon and Army Combat Helmet When asked why, he said, "I wanted to represent my unit" He was surprised he was the only one with a rucksack

Force protection officers and provost marshals officers were out in full force The figure 8 course took runners down and around the Camp Buehring base Runners fought light wind of 4 mph down before turning west to start the second loop The roads were blocked and did not open to traffic until the three hour run ended

Units deployed to Camp Buehring manned water stations along the course G Company, 700 Brigade Support Battalion, attached to 160th Field Artillery, from the Oklahoma National Guard, maintained water point 4 and created a festive atmosphere handing out water, cheering on runners and grilling brats

Kuffel, in all his gear, finished in 2 hours, 53 minutes "To the last man"


By Capt Sara Behr

134th Brigade Support Battalion




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Posted: 2017-03-24  10:19 AM
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"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.



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Posted: 2017-03-23  09:46 AM
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"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
Vessey Bust 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
CSM Erickson 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.



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