| Minnesota National Guard prepares for first group of arriving soldiers
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
ST PAUL, Minn - Two-hundred fifteen Minnesota National Guard soldiers of the 1st Squadron, 94th Cavalry, 1st Brigade Combat Team, are scheduled to return Sunday to Minnesota
"We are very proud of the brigade's accomplishments in supporting the final phase of the Iraq War during Operation New Dawn" said Army Lt Col Rick T Schute, officer in charge for 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Red Bull Infantry Division
"Soldiers are flying on commercial, military-chartered flights and are scheduled to arrive at the St Paul-based 133rd Airlift Wing," said Schute "Buses will carry the soldiers along four different routes with stops at various armories throughout the state This is the first of many groups returning over the next three weeks"
"We welcome and encourage the public to attend these initial reunions," said Schute "It means a lot to soldiers and their families when they see the community gather to welcome them home"
Members of the media and public are invited to attend the initial reunions at the armories for these soldiers Flights are scheduled to arrive Sunday morning, April 15 All times are subject to change and arrival times at armories are estimates
BUS ROUTE #1
Pine City Armory
1045 Main St S
Pine City, Minn 55063
801 Highway 33 S
Cloquet, Minn 55720
4015 Airpark Blvd
Duluth, Minn 55811
BUS ROUTE #2
408 E Main St
Anoka, Minn 55303
St Cloud Armory
1710 Veterans Drive
St Cloud, Minn 56303
1115 Wright St
Brainerd, Minn 56401
BUS ROUTE #3
1200 Adams St SE
Hutchinson, Minn 55350
Redwood Falls Armory
530 Highway 101
Redwood Falls, Minn 56283
BUS ROUTE #4
3300 W 98th St
Bloomington, Minn 55431
For more information on the Minnesota National Guard, visit www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs at ngmnpublicaffairs@ngarmymil or call 651-282-4410
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.