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Norwegian Home Guard training at Camp Ripley

CAMP RIPLEY, Minn  " Approximately 100 Norwegian Soldiers and youth are participating in the 39th Annual Norwegian Exchange program, which takes place at Camp Ripley from Feb 9-23, 2012

Additionally, with this group are Soldiers from Croatia, Denmark and Sweden said Lt. Col. Chris Lindbergh the American officer-in-charge for this year's exchange
  
The Norwegian Home Guard's Chief of Staff, Maj. Gen. Kristin Lund, was on hand for the first few days of the visit  Lund presented pictures of the King and Queen of Norway to the staff at Camp Ripley  Said Lund of the visit, "it is always a pleasure to train with the Minnesota National Guard; I made my first trip to Minnesota as a 2nd Lt with the exchange program"



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  During their time in Minnesota, members of the Norwegian Home Guard will train with members of the Minnesota National Guard  Training will consist of land navigation, weapons training, winter survival skills training, combat training and communications training   

In addition to the military training, members of the Norwegian Home Guard will also participate in social functions designed to give them a sampling of "Minnesota Nice"  Some of the social functions planned for this year are an "American Meal" served by the Serving Our Troops organization out of St Paul, and a social function with the Camp Ripley Citizens Committee and the Little Falls Chamber of Commerce 

Lt. Col. Vidar Dahl the officer-in-charge of the Norwegian contingent had this to say of the program, "It is an honor and privilege to train with the Minnesota National Guard  We also enjoy very much the opportunity to meet the good citizens from around the Little Falls area" 

This year marks the 39th iteration of the exchange program  "Plans are already underway to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the exchange program in 2013," said Chief Warrant Officer Dan Bednarek, community relations officer for Camp Ripley  

By Maj John Donovan
Camp Ripley Public Affairs Officer




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