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Team MN Places Sixth at All-Army Combatives Tournament
Sixteen members of the Minnesota Army National Guard shined at the All-Army Combatives Tournament at Fort Hood, Texas from July 26th-28th
"Once again the competitors from Team Minnesota set themselves apart from not only the rest of the National Guard, but the vast majority of the Active Army as well," said 1st Lt Chad Malmberg, Deputy Officer in Charge and Minnesota Combatives Team coach "We fought a total of 70 bouts, earning 320 team points, and finishing in 6th place among the likes of 5th Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, Fort Benning, and Fort Hood"
The Minnesota National Guard team placed sixth out of twenty-eight teams and over 320 competitors from around the globe Army combatives is the Army's training method for teaching Soldiers hand-to-hand combat along with instilling confidence, motivation, discipline, and dedication
Earlier this year forty Minnesota Soldiers tried out for the team that only had sixteen slots available, allotting only two Soldiers per weight class The competition was fierce, but in the end the top sixteen Soldiers were picked to represent Team Minnesota at Fort Hood, Texas For fans following Minnesota combatives, it's a known fact that Team Minnesota always proves it's pedigree by performing well at the combatives competitions
In the previous two years, Team Minnesota took fourth and seventh at the All-Army tournament and has won the All-National Guard tournament two years in a row This year, taking sixth was a step up from last year, but Soldiers on Team Minnesota know it's still not the goal they want to reach winning the All-Army tournament
Much of Team Minnesota's success can be credited to their high submission rate Teams earned double points for an early stoppage, versus a victory on points Of their 63 total preliminary bouts, Team Minnesota had 30 of their 37 wins by submission The competitors who advanced to the semifinals accumulated an additional three wins, all three by submission This remarkably high submission rate is another testament to the technical superiority and toughness of the Minnesota National Guard competitors
"The Active Duty teams we faced at the All-Army prepare for these tournaments as their full time job," said Malmberg "In many cases they have world class trainers, coaches, and dietitians to ensure they have every reason to succeed Our team relies on Soldiers who train on their own, without the luxuries of our competitors"
Individually, Team Minnesota's Spc Sean Stebbins, 1st Battalion, 125th Field Artillery, placed the highest on the team with a second place finish This was second time Stebbins has received the 2nd place trophy at the All- Army tournament He was also second in 2010; he was unable to attend the 2011 tournament due to 1/34th Brigade Combat Team deployment to Kuwait
"For me the most memorable part of this tournament was Spc Sean Stebbins earning a 2nd place trophy," said Malmberg "This was the second time he had placed second at the All-Army The dedication to training and courage under pressure is inspiring to me"
"As a Soldier, I can tell you that there may be nothing more frightening than engaging in armed combat with the enemy, but nothing comes closer to that than stepping into the cage at the All-Army," stated Malmberg "The competitor on Team Minnesota embodies everything you want and need in the men and women alongside you in combat and elsewhere in life"
The next tryout tournament for Team Minnesota is tentatively scheduled for February 2013 at Camp Ripley, Minn The state tournaments are known for being great training for Soldiers, creating camaraderie and pride among units It also ensures the top Soldiers from the state representing Minnesota at the All-Guard, All-Army, and All-Services tournaments Follow the Minnesota Combatives Team on Facebook at "Minnesota Army National Guard Combatives for more information, photos and stories about the team
By Capt Joachim Eitenmiller
July 28th, 2012
Additional Information: Team Results " Total Points
1st place - Fort Hood - 441
2nd place - Fort Stewart - 407
3rd place - Fort Carson - 365
4th place - 5th Special Forces Group - 347
5th place - Fort Bragg - 344
6th place - Minnesota National Guard " 320
Bantamweight (110 lbs and under): Spc Sean Stebbins (1-125 FA)
Bantamweight (110 lbs and under): Spc Benjamin Johansen (134 BSB)
Flyweight (1101-125 lbs): Spc Eric Cabral Garibay (2-135 IN)
Flyweight (1101-125 lbs): Pfc Ronald Kettle (2-136 CAB)
Lightweight (1251-140 lbs): Spc Allen Kemper (1-125 FA)
Lightweight (1251-140 lbs): Sgt Benjamin Keen (2-136 CAB)
Welterweight (1401-155 lbs): Sgt Adam Minette (849 ENG)
Welterweight (1401-155 lbs): Staff Sgt Nicholas Dubois (2-135 IN)
Middleweight (1551-170 lbs): Capt Joachim Eitenmiller (34ID DHHB)
Middleweight (1551-170 lbs): Sgt Cody Lincoln (134 BSB)
Cruiserweight (1701-185 lbs): Sgt Gerald Brekke (434 CHEM)
Cruiserweight (1701-185 lbs): Capt Matt Jukkala (849 ENG)
Light Heavyweight (1851-205 lbs): Staff Sgt Seth Martell (2-136 CAB)
Light Heavyweight (1851-205 lbs): Pfc Joseph Holdvogt (849 ENG)
Heavyweight (2051 lbs and over): Spc Tim Johnson (1-34 BSTB)
Heavyweight (2051 lbs and over): Sgt 1st Class Braden Simonet (175 RTI)
Team Minnesota Coach: 1st Lt Chad Malmberg (2-136 CAB)
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.