Minn. National Guard launches its $3.9 million drone facility
Posted: 2013-05-18 05:10 AM
By Pat Pheifer
The (Minneapolis, Minn.) Star Tribune
Published: May 18, 2013
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. -- The Shadow, an unmanned aerial vehicle commonly known as a drone, roars to life on the video screen like a powerful snowmobile before it's launched into the skies on a catapult.
Unfortunately, weather conditions prevented the real thing from taking flight Friday morning as the Minnesota National Guard officially launched its new $3.9 million Unmanned Aircraft Operations Facility.
Camp Ripley opens new facility for unmanned aircraft
Posted: 2013-05-17 10:07 AM
The Minnesota National Guard celebrated the opening of a new facility for Unmanned Aircraft Systems, May 17, 2013, at Camp Ripley Training Center.
The facility provides a centralized location for Service members to train on the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems in combat to gather valuable intelligence. The 13,000 square-foot building will house both Shadow and Raven Unmanned Aircraft Systems and simulators designed to provide realistic training scenarios.
Minn. National Guard helping to fight wildfire
Posted: 2013-05-15 11:12 AM
Published 1:22 pm, Wednesday, May 15, 2013
MENAHGA, Minn. (AP) — Crews from the Minnesota National Guard are helping to suppress a wildfire near the northwestern Minnesota town of Menahga.
Army Maj. Bruce A. Kraemer says 22 soldiers are on active duty Wednesday to help fight the fire, including air crews and support teams.