/*********************************************** * Chrome CSS Drop Down Menu- (c) Dynamic Drive DHTML code library (www.dynamicdrive.com) * This notice MUST stay intact for legal use * Visit Dynamic Drive at http://www.dynamicdrive.com/ for full source code ***********************************************/
History
Minnesota National Guard
Warrant Officers provide stable unit foundation

By all accounts, the Minnesota National Guard's Warrant Officer Candidate School at the 175th Regional Training Institute at Camp Ripley has been a complete success


Download photos

Candidates in the program are assigned to the 175th RTI and complete their training over their drill weekend, providing the most appeal and the least amount of disruption for traditional Soldiers who drill one weekend each month, according to Chief Warrant Officer 5 Peter Panos, the senior warrant officer advisor to the adjutant general

Upon graduation, the warrant officer typically takes their position in the unit and stays there, providing continuity and technical expertise within the unit as officers and NCOs come and go
Warrant Officers are true subject matter experts - the "mortar that holds the organization together," as Panos describes it

There have been about 60 graduates since the first RTI course graduated in 2006, and in an over staffed environment, the school can afford to be more selective

"I think we do a much better job right now of adhering to standards and identifying the right group of individuals," said Chief Warrant Officer 3 Keith Schweitzer, a trainer with the 175th RTI

As a trainer of warrant officer candidates, Schweitzer is more concerned with teaching leadership than putting a warrant officer candidate on the ground to do push-ups There's no point in beating someone up if the instructor cannot relate the lesson back to a regulation or to troop leading procedures, said Schweitzer

Another advantage of a National Guard warrant officer is the integration of civilian skills to job-specific skills And warrant officers often bring prior army experience to their new careers
Perhaps no one epitomizes that synthesis of insight and experience more than Panos

After leaving the Marines, Panos joined the Army and went into the intelligence field While in California, Panos became a police officer for the Los Angeles Police Department, and also went to flight school, going on to fly commercial jets for several years in addition to his police work

He moved to Minnesota and joined the St Paul Police Department and Minnesota Army National Guard After a stateside Medevac deployment, Panos was tapped for the 1st Brigade Combat Team deployment that began in September 2005

This long deployment is what broadened his view of the warrant officer corps At that point, Panos knew he wanted to get more involved in his career as a warrant officer

Panos said one of the biggest parts of his job is to change the perceptions of people in the military about the warrant officer corps, and the benefits of warrant officers within a command

"I think a lot of commanders don't realize how important a warrant officer is to them," he said

By Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs
May 16, 2012




Articles archive

In The News archive

Media Advisory archive

Latest News

347th RSG units test unique capabilities during Combined Support Training Exercise

Posted: 2017-08-16  03:35 PM
347 RSG FORT MCCOY, Wisconsin - The 347th Regional Support Group commander and command sergeant major traveled to Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, Aug. 15, 2017, to recognize several Soldiers training there.

The 204th Area Medical Support Company, 147th Financial Management Support Detachment and 247th FMSD are all conducting their annual training periods in neighboring Wisconsin, with their own mission-specific exercises that fall under the Combat Support Training Exercise taking place throughout the brigade.

The leadership duo of Col. Lowell Kruse and Command Sgt. Maj. Marcus Erickson began their day with a stop at the 147th FMSD's training area, where they watched Soldiers participate in the Diamond Saber exercise. Throughout the event, the 147th FMSD - a 25-Soldier operation preparing for deployment - is exercising its dispersing, military pay and contracting functions in an interactive environment with actual customers to serve and transactions to process.



500 Minnesota soldiers notified for 2018 deployment

Posted: 2017-08-14  03:54 PM
Minnesota National Guard FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 13, 2017

ROSEMOUNT, Minn.- More than 500 Soldiers from the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division headquarters have been notified of a possible deployment to Southwest Asia beginning in the fall of 2018.

"The Red Bulls maintain a high level of readiness, and over the next 12 months, our soldiers will train for this mission while also preparing their families and civilian employers here at home," said Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen, 34th Infantry Division commanding general. "The official notification is an important step in the process of building readiness for an overseas deployment."

The planned deployment is expected to last up to one year. The notified units are based in Rosemount, Inver Grove Heights, and Faribault; however, the soldiers hail from 10 different states and the District of Columbia.



347th RSG trains to master tactical, uninterrupted sustainment support

Posted: 2017-08-10  08:14 AM
347 RSG CSTX CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - After three busy days establishing a field command post and integrating units from across the country, the 347th Regional Support Group is underway with a three-week Combat Support Training Exercise during annual training at Camp Ripley.

It began with a Command Post Exercise on Aug. 8, 2017, but it couldn't begin until the tenants of "Tactical Assembly Area Victory" established meal service, sleeping arrangements, shower and laundry accommodations and, of course, the tactical command post.

"We do the exercise to make sure our equipment works, and once that is established we as a staff figure out how to sync together," said Sgt. Maj. Marc Dempsey, logistics operations sergeant major for the 347th RSG. "The exercise is for making sure we as a staff are working together as one team, with everyone knowing their role, for when we go into the main event."



Military kids participate in Minnesota National Guard Youth Camp

Posted: 2017-08-07  02:08 PM
Youth Camp CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - Summer camp as a kid and young teen is usually filled with memories of campfires, swimming in the lake and BBQs. Camp Ripley Training Center hosted the Minnesota National Guard Youth Camp (MNGYC) for more than 200 military kids this year. The experience for the military kids who attend the camp relies heavily on donations and nearly 150 volunteers from around the state that come and spend the week with them.

Lindsay Koolmo is a volunteer and the executive director for the MNGYC. She is a military spouse, a volunteer firefighter and a mutations maintenance Tech Sergeant from the 148th Fighter Wing. She has taken upon herself for years to take time off her job and spend hundreds of hours throughout the year and more than two weeks at Camp Ripley to lead the camp.

Her affiliation with the MNGYC started early, in 1992 she was a camper, became a junior counselor, then was a junior counselor and then became an adult counselor.



Article archive
 
top