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Cyber Security, Response and Emergency Preparedness
The National Guard is resuming its more traditional role in emergency response as the ground war in Southwest Asia draws down Meanwhile, another more obscure fight is escalating — the battle to protect the networks, communications and infrastructure on which our society depends
“To most people, the cyber fight is much more abstract,” said Army Staff Sgt Eric Ebner, a communications specialist with the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division Ebner describes it as a fight in another dimension, separate from land, sea, air, or space
“We can think about what it’s like to fight on land, we can think about what it’s like to fight in the air,” said Ebner “But very few people can visualize in their head what it would be like to fight in cyberspace”
As the Guard works to develop its response capability to this threat, other state agencies are doing the same In April, at the third annual Minnesota Public Safety Interoperable Communications Conference in St Cloud, the Guard sent a dozen Airmen and Soldiers to exchange information and experience with other agency representatives, both in cyber response and traditional hazard response
“We hope to get a little bit more knowledgeable about what they do, about what we do,” said Air Force Master Sgt Thomas Walton, a cyber transport technician with the 148th Fighter Wing
In St Cloud, the Guard displayed their Remote Communications Platform (RCP) The RCP is a mobile communications tower that can facilitate information sharing between first responders, local, state and federal agencies It can also extend the range of both military and civilian radio systems It is self-sufficient with on-board power generation and can be in operation within 60 minutes of arrival on site Walton deployed with the RCP to the Cavity Lake Fire in 2006
The Guard also has a Joint Communications Platform (JCP), which is a communications hub for a command post or incident command site It provides voice, video, radio and data services and can be used in challenging environments where commercial services are degraded or non-existent
Such an emergency often requires the coordinated response of several state entities With ongoing rehearsals and exercises, the Minnesota Department of Military Affairs will improve its response to these emergencies
In this fight, the skill of its Service members is perhaps the Guard’s biggest asset, with the capacity and capability of being called up to respond not only to a traditional emergency, but also a cyber emergency The cyber security mission will continue to be a high priority for the National Guard in Minnesota and around the country
By Spc Thomas Keeler
Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs
7 May 2012
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."
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.