| Earth Day event scheduled Friday at Minnesota National Guards Camp Ripley
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
ST. Paul, Minn.- Members of the media are invited to Camp Ripley's Earth Day on Friday, April 20. A press conference will take place at 9:45 a.m. During this press conference an announcement will be made about a national environmental award, which Camp Ripley's environmental program will receive in Atlanta, Ga. on May 1.
"One of the six key objectives of my campaign plan for the Minnesota National Guard is to advance an environmentally sustainable infrastructure and this is proof positive we are on the right track," said Minnesota National Guard's Adjutant General, Army Maj. Gen. Richard C. Nash.
Following the press conference members of the media are invited on a tour of environmental projects at Camp Ripley. Those projects are:
1. Camp Ripley Nursery: 10-20 volunteers will replant a tree nursery.
2. Wild Owl Release: A wild owl was found injured on Camp Ripley. It will be release back into the wild. For pictures of the owl go to:
3. Deployed soldier woodpile: Every year dozens of downed oak trees are found throughout Camp Ripley. These trees are brought to the deployed soldier woodpile where they are chopped and split in order to make firewood for the families of deployed soldiers.
4. DeParcq Woods: A camping area near the Mississippi river is the site for soldiers to pick up branches and brush.
At DeParcq Woods members of the media will have the opportunity for lunch. Following lunch media personnel will receive an orientation flight aboard a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter in order to view the 53,000 acres of Camp Ripley from the air.
5. Members of the media would take part in a Black Hawk helicopter ride from the Army Aviation Support Facility, 206 Airport Road, St. Paul, Minn. to Camp Ripley.
Arrive at AASF, St. Paul at 7:30 a.m.
Return to AASF, St. Paul at 3 p.m.
Due to passenger limitations on the Black Hawk, seats will be reserved on a RSVP basis only. Please RSVP by 3 p.m. Thursday, April 19 to Army Maj. Kristen Auge at email@example.com or 651-268-8961.
Local rails get Guard to mission
Posted: 2015-07-02 01:09 PM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - Across the state of Minnesota, more than 4,500 miles of active railroad track is used to move material, equipment and passengers - an extension of a system which started on May 22, 1857.
"Burlington Northern - Santa Fe Railway has a rich history supporting our military, reaching back to the Civil War. Today BNSF still works closely with the Department of Defense to coordinate movement of large equipment by rail, including to and from Camp Ripley, near Little Falls," said Amy McBeth, a spokesperson for Burlington Northern - Santa Fe.
In addition to three classifications of railway systems, the federal government identified a system of railroads for the purpose of moving government equipment to support the defense of the United States.
851st Vertical Engineer Company Raises the Roof
Posted: 2015-07-01 08:49 AM
RACINOVIC, Croatia -Members of the 851st Vertical Engineer Company, in conjunction with the Croatian Army and United States European Command, have partnered together to help the small village of Racinovic, Croatia.
The area was hit last year by disastrous flooding that destroyed many of the homes and farms. The closest dam broke, leaving the area under many feet of water and nearly everyone stranded and forced to evacuate.
The Office of Defense Cooperation and Humanitarian Civic Assistance Program helped provide labor, supplies and the people for communities in need all over the world. For this particular project, more than 30 Minnesota National Guardsmen have joined forces with their Croatian counterparts to rebuild the roof of the community center in less than three weeks.
Minnesota National Guard participates in Pride Festival
Posted: 2015-06-30 09:49 AM
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - In observance of LGBT Pride Month the Minnesota National Guard's 347th Regional Support Group hosted a booth at the Minneapolis Pride Festival in Loring Park, June 27-28, 2015, with volunteers from the 147th/247th Financial Management Support Detachments.
According to tcpride.org, "Twin Cities Pride is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit Minnesota corporation that brings the greater LGBT community together to commemorate our diverse heritage, foster inclusion, educate and create awareness of issues, and celebrate achievements in equality."
For many onlookers at the festival, there was an element of surprise with the Minnesota National Guard's presence, but it didn't take long for the outpouring of appreciation and support from the community.
Large-scale exercises test 1/34th ABCT
Posted: 2015-06-29 08:42 AM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - In a simultaneous fashion while rolling up to the firing line, Soldiers man the crew-served and main gun weapon systems onboard their M1A1 Abrams tanks and identify targets at Camp Ripley Training Center on June 16, 2015 - the first drill of its kind for some Soldiers of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division.
"While my gunner is firing on a target, my tank commander is engaging a truck using his .50 cal., and I see rounds flying from our wingman who's engaging a tank way out there," said Spc. Ted Coy, an Abrams driver with 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry Regiment. "Seeing all the tracer rounds cross while our platoon is firing at different targets at the same time is one of the coolest things I've ever seen."
The gunnery and maneuver exercise that Coy and his platoon conducted was one of the many integrated training events the 1st ABCT has been conducting during its Exportable Combat Training Capabilities exercises - a training period spanning from May 2015 to August 2015.