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Minnesota National Guard
Quick reaction force training at Camp Ripley

CAMP RIPLEY, Minn " Fifteen Soldiers from several units throughout the Minnesota National Guard completed the seven-day train-the-trainer course Dec 9 on quick reaction force (QRF) operations conducted by the 175th Regional Training Institute at Camp Ripley, Minn

"This course is designed to train Soldiers to go back and train other members of their own unit on the QRF tactics and techniques they learned and then have a certifier verify the training," said Army Sgt. 1st Class Aaron G Rousselange

The course combines classroom instruction and hands-on exercises to instruct the students

The students spent a few days in the classroom learning the theory behind what they are doing and items such as formations and how they are put in place, said Minnesota Army National Guard Sgt Kyle Blasiak, assistant instructor  The students also take instruction in mechanical advantage control holds, which are used to subdue a demonstrator safely and effectively  Then on the last day of the class they put everything together in a series of practical exercises 

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The practical exercises are designed to give the students some hands-on experience and put into play all the skills that they learned in the classroom

"The culminating event wrapped up our week, where we actually had demonstrators," said Minnesota Army National Guard Sgt Christopher Hayes, Alpha Company, 834th Aviation Support Battalion  "We got to go through the formations and use the techniques we learned over the week"

The scenarios utilized other Soldiers playing the role of demonstrators and each scenario tested the skills they learned by escalating the resistance of the demonstrators to comply with the commands given by the Soldiers

"The students put into action the things they learn with a crowd that starts out as a compliant crowd," said Minnesota Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Todd Laudenbach, instructor, 175th Regional Training Institute   "We then escalate the unruliness of the crowd as we change each scenario to test the students and see if they lose their cool, because if they do that then they lose control of the situation"

The Minnesota National Guard has units assigned with the additional duty of quick reaction force to provide assistance to local law enforcement if it is requested

"If we are called upon to provide this service this course prepares us for exactly what we will be doing," said Hayes

9 Dec, 2011
1st Lt Kenneth Toole
Camp Ripley Public Affairs

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