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Red Bull film Memorial Day screened at Camp Ripley
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn " More than 300 hundred Soldiers and civilians attended private screenings of the film "Memorial Day" at Camp Ripley on April 14, 2012
In addition to the Soldiers and civilians at the screening, members of the cast, Jeff Traxler a producer, the director Sam Fischer and the post commander of Camp Ripley, Col Scott St Sauver, were also in attendance
"The advance screening at Camp Ripley was a small way to say thank you to the Soldiers who helped inspire this film,",said Fischer
Created by Minneapolis-based Perspective Films, "Memorial Day" is about a 13-year old Minnesota boy who discovers his grandfather's World War II footlocker The boy strikes a deal with his grandfather, he can pick three objects inside, and grandpa will tell him stories about each one The boy grows up and joins the Minnesota National Guard, and deploys to Iraq While in combat he finds that his grandfather's combat experiences parallel his own
Camp Ripley was chosen as a site for the private screening because it was the training area where the "Red Bulls", who are depicted in the film, went through their final pre-deployment training "It was an honor having the cast and director of "Memorial Day" here at Camp Ripley," said St Sauver
At an evening showing of the film, which had more than 200 Soldiers in attendance, the audience really demonstrated their support "We worked very hard to ensure the authenticity of the film, but I was overwhelmed with gratitude when the Soldiers at Camp Ripley gave us a standing ovation after they saw the movie," said Fischer
At the afternoon screening, and at the conclusion of the second screening, Fischer and cast members signed movie posters for audience members "This is a great film and it was very thoughtful of the director and producers to allow us to watch this special screening," said movie attendee Lt Col Lowell Kruse
Memorial Day is scheduled for release through the Army and Air Force Exchange Service on May 22 It will be available to the general public on May 29
April 14, 2012
Story and photos by Maj John Donovan
Camp Ripley Public Affairs Office
Posted: 2017-03-24 10:19 AM CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - Every spring Camp Ripley begins its annual controlled burn program to help reduce the risk of wildfire during training.
"Usually the burns are completed every spring before the summer annual training season begins," said Tim Notch, training area coordinator on Camp Ripley. "However, the warmer weather conditions provide a nice opportunity for preventative burns earlier this season."
As in years past Camp Ripley will conduct controlled burns on approximately 13,000 acres of the 53,000-acre military reservation. The burns are done in coordination with the staffs of the Camp Ripley Department of Public Works and the Camp Ripley Environmental Department along with support from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Posted: 2017-03-23 09:46 AM DULUTH, Minn. - Pfc. Trevor Nelson received the Minnesota Distinguished Recruiting Ribbon and a Minnesota Recruiting and Retention Battalion medallion for excellence from Command Sgt. Maj. Curtis Serbus, March 18, 2017, at the Duluth Armory. Nelson earned these awards as part of the online referral system, Leads 2 Enlistment for referring four friends who have joined the Minnesota National Guard.
"I talked to some buddies in my school about the Guard. They liked the benefits, so I put their info in the app and let my recruiter take over." said Nelson. "I thought it would be fun to serve with friends and help them figure out their path in life."
Nelson is currently a senior at Cloquet Senior High School and assigned to the Recruit Sustainment Program in Duluth. He attended basic training at Fort Benning in the summer of 2016 with follow-on training in the summer of 2017 to become an infantryman.
Posted: 2017-03-10 08:50 AM LITCHFIELD, Minn. -Bruce Cottington, a Navy veteran of WWII and Korea, donated a bronze bust of Gen. John W. Vessey, Jr. to the Litchfield National Guard unit during the armory's public open house event March 4. Cottington, a Litchfield resident, commands the Minnesota Chapter of the Veterans of Underage Military Service. VUMS members enlisted in the military prior to the minimum age requirement in order to serve their country during WWII. Cottington received the bust from Vessey, a fellow VUMS member. Both enlisted in the military at the age of 16.
The highlight of the 334th Brigade Engineer Battalion open house was the unveiling of the sculpture. The unit was very supportive when Cottington proposed donating the sculpture. The Litchfield community has always been very supportive of the National Guard over the years, so the open house was a chance to say 'thanks' to their neighbors. "This was a great opportunity to honor Bruce and to honor Gen. Vessey," said B Co., 334th Brigade Engineer Battalion Commander, Capt. Seth Goreham. Bravo Company also has a tight relationship with the local American Legion and VFW. Many Litchfield citizens are former members of Bravo Company, or the unit's predecessors A Co, 682nd Engineer Battalion, and the 849th Mobility Augmentation Company.
Posted: 2017-03-08 03:29 PM CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - The garrison command team of Camp Ripley, family, friends and colleagues from the Minnesota National Guard attended a Change of Responsibility ceremony between Command Sgt. Maj. Mike Worden and Command Sgt. Maj. Matt Erickson, March 5, 2017, at Camp Ripley.
The ceremony was an official "passing of the sword" from one senior noncommissioned officer to the next and assumption of the duties and responsibilities that go along with the position of Garrison Command Sergeant Major.
As with many military ceremonies those in attendance welcomed Erickson as a new member of the team and bid farewell, recognized and thanked Worden for his service.