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Brigade Special Troops Battalion holds NCO induction ceremony
“No one is more professional than I I am a Noncommissioned Officer, a leader of soldiers” These words give credence to the idea that NCOs are indeed the backbone of the Army
In a ceremony held by the 1st Brigade, 34th Infantry Division, Brigade Special Troops Battalion (1/34th BSTB) Sep 22, 2012 at Camp Ripley, 42 members of the 1/34th Brigade Combat Team were inducted into the corps of non-commissioned officers (NCO) The soldiers who were recommended for promotion to the rank of sergeant were chosen by a series of leaders based on their demonstrated skills, ability, and eligibility, as well as their potential for greater service to the nation
“I feel that I have life experience and confidence to offer soldiers,” said Sgt Kelly Boylan, an inductee from Alpha Co, Brigade Special Troops Battalion As an NCO, he now has the authority and position to pass on that experience to his fellow soldiers
Becoming an NCO is not a long and easy process, and no soldier does it alone The induction ceremony involves soldiers approaching the inducting Command Sergeant Major, and saying “Command Sergeant Major, I, Sgt ---, am ready to cross the line from soldier to Noncommissioned officer” In response, the CSM asks, “Who will sponsor this Noncommissioned officer into the NCO corps?”
Just as our youth learn from their parents and educators, young soldiers and NCOs learn from their senior leadership
Seven-year veteran of the Minnesota National Guard, Sgt Rendell Russell of Alpha Co, BSTB, said, “Sponsors are established NCOs They have knowledge to pass on to help others better understand what it is to be a leader”
“They also have skills, qualities, and strengths for us and other soldiers to draw from,” added Boylan
Once an inductee claims to be ready for the transition into becoming an NCO, the CSM asks three simple questions
“Are you ready to become a noncommissioned officer?”
“Are you ready to assume the duties and responsibilities of a noncommissioned officer?”
“Are you ready to always lead by example and lead from the front?”
For the inductees of the 1/34th BCT, the answer was loud and clear:
“Yes, Sergeant Major!”
Story and photos by Pfc Linsey Williams
1/34th BCT Public Affairs
Sep 22, 2012
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.
Posted: 2017-02-22 09:59 AM CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - Norwegian youths Stian Dahl and Haavard Engen received the Camp Ripley Garrison Commander's coin from Col. Scott St Sauver February 19, 2017, in recognition for reacting to a vehicle accident they witnessed earlier that week.
As part of the U.S.-Norway Reciprocal Troop Exchange, Norwegian youths ages 19-20 are matched up with a host family in order to spend an evening experiencing American culture. In most situations the "Buddy Weekend" as it's called allows the youths to go shopping, attend events and have home-cook meals along with their host family.
"We are able to match up youth members with families all over the state," said Staff Sgt. Tim Krouth, Buddy Weekend organizer. "Lots of the families have hosted one or two of our Norwegian friends for several years in a row now, it a great way to relax and see some of Minnesota."
Posted: 2017-02-21 01:25 PM HALTDALEN, Norway - After two days at a base camp near Haltdalen, Norway, Minnesota National Guardsmen participating in the 44th Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange were ready for the most challenging aspect of their four-day field training exercise - a ski march up the mountain.
It was Day three of the FTX, meaning members of the 44th Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange had slowly adjusted to surviving and thriving while living in a winter environment and also honed their skills on cross country skills well enough to begin a climb that would take nearly three hours.
"Our goal was to get you to know how to use the winter, see how the Norwegians use the winter, and how we survive the winter so we can conduct combat," said Vidar Aune, one of several members of Home Guard 12 guiding the Minnesota National Guard Soldiers and Airmen during their training here. "By getting the experience living outside in the snow, you manage to survive it and handle it quite well."