The Minnesota Military Museum gives visitors an opportunity to look through a window into Minnesota military past. This unique museum located at historic Camp Ripley, Minn. is a volunteer staffed museum. Last year alone the volunteers logged over 2,500 hours, working in all areas of the museum. The busy season is just around the corner and the museum is looking for volunteers for this year.
"We have definitely improved the visitor experience and have been able to finish projects we never could have completed without our volunteers," stated executive director Jeff Thielen. "As a small non-profit we struggle with having the funds to do many things, and volunteers allow us to accomplish a multitude of tasks."
According to Thielen, volunteers take on a variety of tasks in the museum. For instance, volunteers play major roles in managing the library, leading tours for visitors, caring for and preserving artifacts, developing exhibits, working in the store and transcribing interviews with veterans.
The Minnesota Military Museum is the only military museum in Minnesota representing all branches of service having exhibits from frontier days to the present.
"Preserving the history of our military men and women is an important and honorable task", said Maj. John Donovan spokesperson for Camp Ripley. "Veterans, drilling Soldiers, family members and concerned citizens are all warmly invited to support the museum in preserving and telling Minnesota veterans' stories."
The museum needs volunteers to continue to entertain and inform visitors of our Minnesota military history.
Anyone interested in volunteer opportunities at the museum can visit their website at MNMilitaryMuseum.org. or call 320-616-6050.
By Army Maj. John Donovan
Camp Ripley Visitor's Bureau
Feb 6, 2013
Posted: 2015-08-27 03:30 PM
The Minnesota National Guard's Vigilant Guard exercise stepped up its real-world relevance on Aug. 24, 2015, when the Commanding General of the 34th Infantry Division, Maj. Gen. Neal Loidolt, was appointed as the exercise's Dual Status Commander.
The magnitude of the simulated incidents integrated into the Vigilant Guard exercise - including a chemical spill from an overturned railcar, massive landslides, flooding and other events that could affect Minnesota communities - prompted a fictional declaration of a state of emergency by the federal government. The scale of the emergency response, in addition to federal assets being committed to the disaster relief efforts, necessitated the need for a single commander to coordinate military efforts.
Posted: 2015-08-27 10:15 AM
More than 1,400 participants from the Minnesota and Wisconsin National Guard joined approximately 500 participants from state, federal and local emergency response agencies to participate in the Vigilant Guard exercise from Aug. 24 to 28, 2015, at three training sites across the state; Duluth, Camp Ripley and St. Paul.
At Camp Ripley, the exercise took place at the Combined Arms Collective Training Facility. Twenty-four buildings and more than 200 cameras allow users to record live training from almost any vantage point.
Posted: 2015-08-26 03:10 PM
During natural disasters or other state emergencies, saving time saves lives. If civilian capabilities are overwhelmed, National Guard and other military resources can be called upon to quickly move critical patients from remote areas to medical facilities. The capabilities of the Minnesota National Guard's 109th Aeromedical Squadron were a natural fit for Vigilant Guard, a state-wide exercise testing the ability of military and civilian organizations to work together.
"Our role in the exercise is to stabilize and transport patients from the field to higher echelons of care," said 109th AES Director of Operations Air Force Maj. Jeramy Browning. "We strive to provide the best care in the air. Our highly trained flight medics care for sick and wounded patients, maintain their health and well-being aboard the plane - getting them to the definitive care they need."
Posted: 2015-08-26 09:30 AM DULUTH, Minn.- The 148th Fighter Wing's Joint Communications Platform (JCP) was on-scene at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC), Duluth, Minn. Aug. 25 2015 to support the Red Cross as part of Vigilant Guard 2015, a National Guard Bureau-U.S. Northern Command initiative that is intended to foster and enhance cooperation between National Guard and state interagency partners.
"We're here to support and demonstrate what our capabilities are. It [the JCP] provides data and radio, telephone communications, and we also have army and civilian internet," said Master Sgt. Tom Walden, 148th Fighter Wing information technology specialist. "We're demonstrating it to the people that are coming down here to check out the Red Cross' exercise, so they know that the capabilities are there and they can ask for our support if they need it."