| 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
Learning to instruct professionalism and discipline
Posted: 2017-04-19 02:15 PM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - It was a challenging and rewarding two weeks for members attending the Army National Guard Funeral Honors Instructor Course, April 1-14, at Camp Ripley.
Soldiers of National Guard units from all over the United States took part in the course designed to educate team leaders in a variety of funeral honor detail tasks, traditions and responsibilities.
"It's a stressful course, but for our job, we have to be prepared to do our job under stress; and we all really benefitted from that," said Class Honor Grad, Sgt. Ryan Valline of the 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry.
Chaplains support Muslim Soldiers by finding common ground
Posted: 2017-04-18 01:42 PM
ROSEMOUNT, Minn. - The Soldiers of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division had a unique opportunity to speak with one of the U.S. Army's five Muslim chaplains April 7-10, 2017. U.S. Army Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Khallid Shabazz, I Corps deputy command chaplain, travelled from Fort Lewis, Washington, to Minnesota to provide professional development for the division chaplain section.
"Soldiers perform at a higher level when they are spiritually fit," said Minnesota National Guard Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Buddy Winn, the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division command chaplain. "And, it's our job as chaplains to make sure Soldiers have their spiritual needs met, regardless of faith. Having Chaplain Shabazz here as a Muslim Chaplain provides the diversity in religious background that we can't provide internally."
There are five major religions supported by the chaplaincy: Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist, but over 200 religions are recognized. Chaplains can only perform services for their particular religion, but they can provide support for all Soldiers, regardless of their faith.
Howling with pride - Minnesota Service members honored by MN Timberwolves
Posted: 2017-04-14 04:25 PM
ST. PAUL, Minn. - For the third consecutive year, Minnesota service members were honored with on-court recognition and other VIP treatments as part of the Minnesota Timberwolves Heroes of the Pack Program.
"We are very appreciative for what the military does for us, and we wanted to give something back to honor the military," said Roger McCabe, who along with wife, Nancy, is a driving force behind the recognitions through the FastBreak Foundation and Roger & Nancy McCabe Foundation. "This is our way of doing it."
Having lived through the Vietnam War - and with Roger and Nancy both having parents who served - the two philanthropists decided a few years back to build upon existing recognition efforts already underway by the Timberwolves. And with that, recognitions that were typically happening at Target Center in November expanded to include Minnesota Service members from all branches at every home game - a total of 41 honorees per season.
Red Bulls move vehicles for partnership exercises
Posted: 2017-04-12 03:22 PM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - Soldiers of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division wrapped up a week-long rail load operation Sunday at Camp Ripley in preparation for several upcoming international training exercises.
Vehicle crewmen from the 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry based in Moorhead, worked with railroad personnel from BNSF Railway to stage, load and secure their equipment in preparation for movement.
"It was a lot of work and lessons learned, but it was awesome seeing the completed product," said Sgt. 1st Class Brian Reiten, readiness non-commissioned officer for C Co., 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry.