| 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.
April recognized as Month of the Military Child
Posted: 2015-04-01 10:30 AM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - In recognition of the endurance and courage of military children - here in the United States and with their families overseas - the Department of Defense has deemed April as the Month of the Military Child.
"From deployments to culture changes, new schools and friends, military children are often faced with unique challenges that ordinary youth their age never experience," said Tami Klucas, Camp Ripley Family Assistance Center specialist.
One such program locally is the Little Falls School District Military Kids Club. The program, focused around military children, reaffirms the commitment to ensuring excellence in schools, childcare and youth services as well as providing a strong supportive environment where children can thrive.
US State Partnership Programme improves regional security
Posted: 2015-03-30 10:37 AM
The US has been aiding countries in the region to improve their defence and military capacities as well as their relations with the NATO. The main tool for this goal is the US State Partnership Programme, in which the US National Guard partners with states from the former Soviet Bloc.
"In the process of upgrading the capabilities of the armed forces of small, transitional countries, co-operation with developed, democratic countries and their military structures [is necessary]," Zvonimir Mahecic, an external expert at the Institute for International Relations in Zagreb and a retired colonel from the Croatian military, told SETimes. "Through joint activities, militaries as well as civilians of small countries are getting a chance to learn from the experiences of military structures that had passed through significant development and adjustment to the needs of combat and non-combat operations of the 21st century. This kind of co-operation represents a great chance to transfer knowledge and achieve implementation. One example of this type of co-operation is between the Minnesota National Guard and Croatian."
Gold Star Fathers Share Story of Love, Service and Sacrifice
Posted: 2015-03-25 08:45 AM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - "A Gold Star family member is a person who has lost a loved one who was serving our nation in the armed forces regardless of the circumstances of the death," said Survivor Outreach Services provider Amy Garber.
Bill Smith, father of Sgt. 1st Class Paul Smith, and Richard Cauley, father of Spc. George Cauley, two Gold Star dads, recently spoke about their sons and what it means to be a Gold Star father.
"Everyone's greatest fear is the thought they'll say something awkward [to a Gold Star family member]. We want to talk about our loved ones. The greatest sadness would be that no one would remember," said Bill Smith.
334th Brigade Engineer Battalion Celebrates Women's History
Posted: 2015-03-22 01:39 PM
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - Soldiers of Headquarters, Headquarters Company of the 334th Brigade Engineer Battalion took time away from training to celebrate Women's History Month with a look at the history of women in the Minnesota National Guard from someone who lived it.
Invited to speak at the event was Geraldine Longfellow. In 2008, Longfellow retired from the Minnesota Army National Guard at the rank of lieutenant colonel. She has since been brevetted to the rank of colonel.