| 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 am 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 am
Return to AASF, St Paul at 3 pm
Due to passenger limitations on the Black Hawk, seats will be reserved on a RSVP basis only Please RSVP by 3 pm Thursday, April 19 to Army Maj Kristen Auge at kristenauge@usarmymil or 651-268-8961
347th RSG's top Soldiers gut it out for title of Best Warrior
Posted: 2016-10-17 03:24 PM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - The 347th Regional Support Group hosted a brigade-level Best Warrior Competition at Camp Ripley Training Center from Oct. 14 to 16, 2016, to select the brigade's Best NCO and Best Soldier - both of whom will represent the brigade at the state-level competition in 2017.
"We made a point to make this event challenging, and it has been," said Sgt. 1st Class Mark Shields, assistant operations NCO for the brigade. "Regardless of the outcome, the Soldiers competing for the title of Best Warrior are getting great training value."
Ten Soldiers made up this year's field, representing 5 of the 9 units that make up the brigade. The contestants are supported by nearly forty Soldiers participating as sponsors, evaluators and staff to provide direction, motivation and support.
Minnesota National Guard celebrates Hispanic heritage month
Posted: 2016-10-16 10:46 AM
ARDEN HILLS, Minn. - The Minnesota National Guard celebrated Hispanic Heritage month by inviting two members of the Hispanic community to share their stories during a potluck lunch at the Arden Hills Army Training Site, Oct. 11, 2016.
First to speak was Minnesota State Senator Patricia Torres Ray, one of two Latinas out of 67 senators in the Minnesota Senate. She spoke about her experience coming to the U.S. from Colombia and how not being able to speak the language made it a challenge to connect with people in her new country.
"I was not a minority in my country, because everybody that I knew looked like me," said Torres Ray. "I was not connected to the multi-cultural global world that you live in."
Major General Nash to Continue Service as Adjutant General of Minnesota
Posted: 2016-10-12 01:57 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 12, 2016
ST. PAUL, Minn.-
After a successful appeal by Governor Mark Dayton to former National Guard Bureau Chief General Frank J. Grass, Major General Richard C. Nash will continue serving the state of Minnesota as Adjutant General until the state's mandatory retirement, through October 31, 2017. Without Governor Dayton's action, Major General Nash would have faced retirement under the national requirement, which would have taken effect September 30, 2016.
"Major General Nash is an exceptional leader who has served our state and nation with great distinction," said Governor Dayton. "His leadership and experience are invaluable to the Minnesota National Guard and the citizens of our state. I thank General Grass and Secretary of Defense Ash Carter for granting this extension, and I thank Major General Nash for continuing his outstanding service to Minnesota."
Care of injured bird comes full circle
Posted: 2016-10-12 12:45 PM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - An eagle was released back in the wild Oct. 4, 2016, at Camp Ripley following three months of rehabilitation.
"We'd like to thank the team at Camp Ripley for rescuing and bringing this bald eagle to the Raptor Center for care," said Amber Burnette, program associate with the Raptor Center University of Minnesota. "It was our pleasure to be a part of bringing this bird back home."
The bald eagle was found along a Morrison County highway by a soldier working at Camp Ripley in mid-July, 2016. At first glance, the bird appeared to be injured and not responding to the traffic that was driving by.