| Wal-Mart Says Its Hiring 100,000 Returning Veterans In Next 5 Years
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Starting on Veteran’s Day, an American retailer says it will hire more than 100,000 returning veterans in the next five years
Wal-Mart will offer jobs to any honorably discharged veteran in his or her first year off from active duty
The opportunities will be in stores, distribution centers and the home office
The numbers are against veterans finding employment Capt Jeff Pratt was one of those returning veterans struggling to find a job
“Finding full-time quality employment was a big thing for me,” Pratt said
According to US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Statistics, as of December 2012, the unemployment rate for civilians is 75 percent, while people who have served in the last decade have 108 percent unemployment
That’s down from more than 12 percent unemployment for returning service members as of a year ago
Pratt says Wal-Mart and other companies will benefit from what returning service members have to offer
“Leadership value; there is honor, integrity in everything we do in the military,” he said
Pratt was one of the lucky ones
“Companies like UnitedHealth Group and others that are out there have engaged in a process that will gainfully employ returning service members,” he said
His military job in logistics transferred nicely to UnitedHealth Pratt said it was easy because of a military skills translator the company uses on its website
That military skills translator is used by many other companies The Minnesota National Guard worked numerous Minnesota-based companies such as Target, Best Buy and US Bank to help soldiers in get jobs
And it has paid off
When the Red Bulls returned last May, 20 percent faced unemployment Today? Only 35 of those 2,700 soldiers do not have jobs
Camp Ripley Garrison Unit Ministry Team to deploy
Posted: 2016-12-07 03:42 PM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - Soldiers of the Camp Ripley Training Support Unit recognized and gave best wishes to their Unit Ministry Team, Dec. 3, 2016, during the annual holiday party.
Chaplain Lt. Col. Michael Crawford and Staff Sgt. Carl Seim of the 47th Chaplain Detachment assigned to Camp Ripley will deploy overseas following mobilization training at Fort Hood, Texas, beginning the last week of December.
"We are a two-man unit; I'm the commander and Sergeant Seim is everything else," said Chaplain Crawford light-heartedly.
Camp Ripley drives on with rebuild
Posted: 2016-12-02 01:01 PM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - Following a damaging storm last fall, Camp Ripley and the Minnesota National Guard set plans in motion for the rebuilding of housing and maintenance structures on the installation.
"The replacement strategy for outdated and damaged buildings is integrated into our long-range development plan to ensure Camp Ripley is able to meet future mission requirements," said Deputy Garrison Commander Lt. Col. Chad Sackett.
The location of Camp Ripley was selected in 1929 by Minnesota's Adjutant General, Ellard Walsh, in order to replace the small, outmoded 200-acre training camp in southern Minnesota created in 1888.
Chef Challenge serves up for military and community
Posted: 2016-11-30 02:51 PM
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - Minnesota National Guard food service specialists competed for "Top Chef" at the Nov. 11 Veterans Day Chef Challenge at the Mall of America.
To celebrate Veterans Day the Mall of America, Star Tribune and Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Network teamed up to host the ultimate Chef Challenge pairing Minnesota National Guard personnel with chefs from restaurants located at the Mall of America.
"It was a unique situation and lots of fun," said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Paul Erickson of Camp Ripley, who was entered as one of the competitors for the first round of the competition.
Uncovering the past at Camp Ripley
Posted: 2016-11-16 12:03 PM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. -Archaeologists from Commonwealth Heritage Group out of Milwaukee, Wis., concluded phase I inventory surveys Nov. 4, 2016, at Camp Ripley.
The surveys help to identify lands possibly used as settlements on the Camp Ripley reservation, how they connect to the surrounding areas and if they hold any significant historical value.
"Some of the same lands that Camp Ripley uses for the training of our Service members and inter-agency partners, were once settlements dating back hundreds of years," said Patrick Neumann, Cultural Resources manager at Camp Ripley.