| 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-268-8961.
Minnesota Guardsman overcomes severe injury with positive attitude, hard work
Posted: 2015-03-04 09:39 AM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn.- A little more than a year after Chief Warrant Officer 2 James Houdek was severely injured in a farming accident near his Little Falls, Minn., home, he is back to work with the Minnesota National Guard and adapting to life with a prosthetic.
"When I came out of the first surgery, they were telling me that they were hoping that within a year I would be able to hold a pen," said Houdek. "Since then I've come a lot further, a lot more than what they had thought."
On Nov. 12, 2013, Houdek took a day off from his full-time job as a wage leader at Camp Ripley's Consolidated Maintenance Activity - South to harvest corn on his 60-acre hobby farm. Halfway through, he stopped to check on his machinery, leaving the tractor running. When he went to clear some corn out of the husking bin of the picker, his right arm was pulled into the shaft. As he was trying to pull his right hand out, his left hand got caught in another shaft, trapping both his arms in the machine.
Norwegian Home Guard gets inter-agency training
Posted: 2015-02-25 03:15 PM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn.- Soldiers of the Norwegian Home Guard conducted inter-agency training with state and local law enforcement, Feb. 12-23, 2015, at Camp Ripley.
"The training conducted by the Norwegian Rapid Reaction Force, or RRF, is based on the National Guard's focus of inter-agency cooperation in time of need," said Lt. Col. Bryce Erickson of the Minnesota National Guard.
The training was organized as part of the American-Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange; which is in its 42nd consecutive year between the Minnesota National Guard and the Norwegian Home Guard.
Minnesota, Norwegian service members retrace a successful mission, remember the terrible cost
Posted: 2015-02-24 10:14 AM
SNAASA, Norway- Airmen and Soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard participating in the 42nd American - Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange (NOREX) retraced the steps of U.S. and Norwegian special operators 70 years ago who, during the final months of World War II, waged a successful sabotage campaign against German forces occupying Norway.
The U.S. Service members, along with their Norwegian counterparts, completed a 12-mile trek on skis through mountainous terrain, as well as a reconnaissance of the Jorstad bridge and simulated demolition using signal flares. The field training exercise concluded, February 19, 2015, with a ceremony in honor of those who destroyed the bridge to stop the movement of German troops through Norway and a wreath-laying in memory of the 80 people who perished, January 13, 1945, when a train derailed into the icy water several hours after the demolition.
148th Fighter Wing 1st Sgt. Assists in Saving a Life
Posted: 2015-02-23 11:06 AM
DULUTH, Minn.- Whether he is performing his duties at the 148th Fighter Wing, Duluth, Minn., or volunteering as the Fire Chief for the Rice Lake Volunteer Fire Department, Senior Master Sgt. Scott Twining epitomizes the Air Force core value of "service before self".
As a member of the volunteer fire department and a first responder, Twining and the rest of the Rice Lake Fire Department team are often the first emergency response personnel to get to a scene. Twining estimates that 80 percent of their calls are for medical emergencies.
On Jan. 7, 2015, Twining and other members of the fire department responded to a call for help at a local business establishment. Upon their arrival, a male in his mid-fifties was collapsing from a heart attack. After a quick medical assessment, Twining and other team members set up a defibrillator and began to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).