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Tribute to the Troops raises thousands for Gold Star Families

CAMP RIPLEY, Minn ­– For the ninth straight year Tribute to the Troops brought motorcyclists from across the Midwest to Camp Ripley Sep 9, 2012 for the annual Gold Star Families event

The thunder of the over 150 motorcycles could be heard through much of the Camp Ripley cantonment area as the bikes cruised through the gates and rounded the corner heading to the Camp Ripley Training and Community Center


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Soldiers of the 34th Military Police Company met the group and shook hands with the riders as they filed into the drill floor to have lunch and recognize the family of Spc George Cauley

Spc Cauley of Walker, Minn, died October 10, 2009 at Bagram, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained from an Improvised Explosive Device attack on October 7, 2009 

Following lunch the group was treated to the musical entertainment of Rockie Lynne  Lynne is the co-founder of the Tribute to the Troops motorcycle ride  He is also a nationally known country music recording artist 

He began his performance with giving a plaque recognizing Spc Cauley’s outstanding service to his parents Lynne who served in the US Army with the 82nd Airborne, Fort Bragg, NC ties many of his songs to his experience in the military

“It’s an honor to be here today at Camp Ripley amongst the Soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard,” said Lynne  “We do this ride every year to honor the families of the fallen heroes and show our endless gratitude for their sacrifices”

Since 2004 the Tribute to the Troops organization has raised thousands of dollars through similar events The money that is raised goes to help the families of Service members killed in combat

By 1st Lt Blake E St Sauver 
Camp Ripley Public Affairs Officer
Sep 9, 2012




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Minnesota State Fair Military Appreciation Day to recognize women veterans

Posted: 2018-08-27  12:34 PM
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August 27, 2018

ST. PAUL, Minn.- The Minnesota State Fair's eighth annual Military Appreciation Day will take place Tuesday, August 28, and provide an educational opportunity for all fairgoers to learn about Minnesota's military community. This year's theme is honoring Minnesota's women veterans.

"The Minnesota State Fair is a great opportunity to bring our community together to show appreciation for the service and sacrifice of our state's veterans," said Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen, The Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard. "This year, I am proud to stand with women veterans as we highlight their stories and contributions to our armed forces."



Minnesota Guardsmen learn survival skills, train with Norwegian counterparts

Posted: 2018-07-03  01:36 PM
NOREX 45 Over the course of 10 days, 100 Soldiers and Airmen from the Minnesota National Guard who traveled to Norway June 17-26, 2018, for the 45th Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange learned valuable survival skills and shared their knowledge with members of the Norwegian Home Guard. This year's exchange was the second to take place during the summer months in the history of the longest-running military partnership between two nations.

"It was a great experience for both the Minnesota National Guard and the Norwegian Home Guard," said Capt. 'Kiwi' HorgA�ien, the senior Norwegian instructor. "A cultural exchange, a social exchange and military exchange all packed into one."

The 45th exchange got off to a late start, with flight delays causing the trip to be shortened from its normal length of two weeks. The delay meant that the Minnesota Guardsmen jumped right into training, heading out to the field after just a few hours of sleep.



133rd Airlift Wing Emphasizes Combat Readiness Training

Posted: 2018-06-29  10:48 AM
Alpena ALPENA, Michigan - Approximately 300 U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 133rd Airlift Wing participated in a readiness exercise at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Alpena, Mich.

The exercise, tagged as Iron Ore, was designed test the Airmen abilities to set up operations at an unfamiliar location and receive in depth training on Ability-To-Survive and Operate (ATSO) principles while supporting airlift and aeromedical flight operations.

To ensure mission success and readiness, Airmen had to complete training at home station prior to leaving for Alpena. Some of this training included weapons qualification, gas mask fit testing, Mission Oriented Protective Posture (MOPP) familiarization, self-aid and buddy care and career field training.



Red Bulls Kickoff Division Warfighter

Posted: 2018-06-13  01:38 PM
DIV WFX CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. - "A Warfighter is an exercise that allows the Division to evaluate their ability to maneuver assets in a battle," said Master Sgt. Greg Weaver, the Operations Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge for the Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion. "It is designed to focus on particular areas and specific objectives to be evaluated or tested."

The Division has geared its' planning and training efforts in preparation for Warfighter since July 2017. Coordinating transportation for Soldiers and equipment was often on the mind of Maj. David Johansson, the logistics officer for the 34th ID. With the coordination of Johansson and his team, troops and equipment all converged on Camp Atterbury, enlisting the help of 89 railcars, 280 tractor-trailers, and nearly 50 buses for the movement.

"I like to say my job is to 'quiet the noise'". Johansson continued, "The noise being a real life logistical problem that could impede the exercise."



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