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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: 2017-04-26 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.