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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: 2017-04-28 12:38 PM MANKATO, Minn. - Commissioned leaders of the Minnesota National Guard convened for the 112th General Conference of the National Guard Association of Minnesota at the Verizon Wireless Center and Hilton Garden Inn, Mankato, on April 22, 2017.
The annual gathering of association members - who serve as advocates for the needs of Soldiers, Airmen and their families - includes a business meeting, commanders march, formal dining event and transfer of responsibility to the chapter's new president.
The day's event began with a business meeting, which focused on the association's mission of educating and informing legislators on the issues facing the current and future role of the National Guard in serving Minnesota communities. The strategic planning meeting was attended by Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Richard Nash, his staff and unit commanders.
Posted: 2017-04-26 02:09 PM CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - The Department of Defense announced that Camp Ripley was selected as the winner of the Secretary of Defense Environmental Award for Natural Resources Conservation, Large Installation.
The awards recognize individuals, teams and installations for their exceptional environmental achievements and innovative, cost-effective environmental practices.
"The winners' efforts strengthen the Department of Defense's position as a resourceful environmental steward, both at home and abroad, and demonstrate our continued commitment to fulfilling mission needs through advanced environmental practices and technologies," stated James A. MacStravic, performing the duties of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics.
Posted: 2017-04-26 10:57 AM COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. - Staff Sgt. Nicquie Neely has been working with victims of sexual assault for four years in the Minnesota National Guard and also volunteers as a victim advocate in the community. As a victim advocate, it's her job to believe and support victims through a difficult process that can often involve extensive medical care and legal proceedings.
"Ever since I joined the Guard and heard about the SHARP program and learned what a victim advocate was, I always wanted to be one," said Neely. "And then I learned that you had to be an E-6 to be in that position, so the minute I got promoted I asked my commander if I could go to the training."
Neely is a combat medic and the full-time training and administration NCO with Company C, 134th Brigade Support Battalion. In addition to military victim advocate training, Neely also attends regular training with the civilian organization she volunteers for - SOS Sexual Violence Services in Ramsey County.
Posted: 2017-04-24 10:43 AM Washington - Members of the Minnesota National Guard and the Air Force Reserve traveled to Washington D.C. with the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (also known as the JCRC), to visit the Holocaust Museum, April 4, 2017, to honor the victims of the Holocaust. Also, traveling with this group were St. Paul and Minneapolis police officers along with students from various high schools around the state. For those in uniform that day, it was an opportunity to see, hear and experience the stories of victims and survivors of the Holocaust.
Each Service member who attended was asked to bring back a summary of their experience in the form of a presentation, professional discussion or briefing to their respective unit in order to help other Guard members better understand and remember that horrible event, to honor the courage of the victims and survivors, and to remain vigilant as members of the U.S. military.
"The honor and privilege of accompanying members of the Minnesota National Guard to the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. met so many goals," said Steve Hunegs, the executive director of the JCRC. "I wanted to reinforce the importance of the commitment of the U.S. military to democracy. After all, it was the Allies that defeated Nazi Germany and ultimately put an end to the Holocaust."