CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - The Camp Ripley Citizen's Advisory Committee meets quarterly to discuss Camp Ripley and its effects on the community.
On December 13, 2012 Camp Ripley held a Citizens Advisory Committee meeting followed by a free holiday meal catered by Coburn's and Perkins for over 450 of the installation's employees.
Army Brig. Gen. Neal Loidolt, Director of the Joint Staff for the Minnesota National Guard, thanked Camp Ripley employees for their work and effort in 2012 and also said, "It's important to recognize the great work our employees continue to accomplish in a fiscally constrained environment."
The event is held annually in conjunction with the Citizen's Committee meeting to allow for employees to meet and greet local businessman and legislators from the Crow Wing and Morrison County area.
"Local community members donate this meal to thank our employees for all the hard work they do for not only Camp Ripley, but also our local communities," said Camp Ripley Post Commander, Army Col. Scott St. Sauver.
Another role of the Citizens Advisory Committee is to discuss how Camp Ripley is viewed in the community and how it can be a better neighbor.
"What can we do better?" asked St. Sauver during the in-depth discussion with the committee. The committee commenced with an hour long brainstorming session, talking about ideas and suggestions of how to improve Camp Ripley.
Dec. 14, 2012
1st Lt. Blake E. St Sauver
Camp Ripley Public Affairs
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