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
More than 110 Soldiers will be bussed to the Army Aviation Support Facility #1, 206 Airport Road, St. Paul, Minn., at approximately 8:45 a.m. on Saturday.
These Minnesota units conducted aviation operations and security cooperation activities at the direction of U.S. Central Command. Their mission expanded to support Operation Inherent Resolve, the military effort to combat emerging militant groups, in September.
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The 110th General National Guard Association of Minnesota Conference had nearly 300 officers, warrant officers and their guests in attendance. Events included a Friday alumni dinner, a business meeting and a formal banquet in Minnetonka last weekend.
Retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, National Guard Association president, brought association news from Washington D.C. to the group. He said the association is working to educate elected officials of the problems of a budget that would reduce end strength by 8,200 for the Army National Guard. Their focus is on structure, end strength and full time manning.
"We'll lose 1,726 man days, 1,100 technicians and 600 AGRs," said Hargett.
Posted: 2015-04-30 08:11 AM ST. PAUL, Minn. - 50,000 students have walked through STARBASE Minnesota's doors since it opened in 1993. STARBASE continues to educate and inspire youth in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through exciting, innovative programming at the Minnesota National Guard's 133rd Airlift Wing.
Muhamed "Robo Knight" Come, a 4th grader at Frost Lake Elementary school, became the 50,000th STARBASE student to graduate from the program on April 28, 2015. He and his 80 classmates were surprised with virtual fireworks and balloons falling from the ceiling marking this milestone.
Lt. Col. Jeffrey Wong, the volunteer guest speaker at the event heard from students as they described how they designed, 3D printed and tested their rocket prototypes and learned how to program rovers as they planned their journey to Mars. In return, Lt. Col. Wong shared how he uses STEM in the Minnesota Air National Guard and how important education is to achieving goals.
More than 40 National Guard soldiers and 15 military water trucks from the Willmar-based 682nd Engineer Battalion and the Brooklyn Park-based Company A, 134th Brigade Support Battalion are being used in the mission. Large amounts of water are needed in foaming systems being used as part of the depopulation efforts, to control further spread of avian influenza virus.
"Any time that we can fill a gap by providing services like this, it is a positive thing for the guard," said Capt. Adam Riedel, the command and control officer-in-charge for this activation.