History
Minnesota National Guard
Gift of Norwegian stone as strong as friendship

Minnesota National Guard CAMP RIPLEY, MINN.-  "A rock is tough, as soldiers must be," said Maj. Gen. Kristin Lund, Chief of Staff of the Norwegian Home Guard during a dedication ceremony at Camp Ripley, Little Falls, Minn. Feb. 16, 2013.  "It's solid as our strong friendship.  It's durable as the cooperation between our nations.  And a rock is hard to remove from its foundations, as the exchange should be hard to remove from our future plans."

The monument, made of stone quarried in Norway, commemorated the 40th Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange (NOREX).  Approximately 200 Norwegian soldiers, Minnesota National Guard Soldiers and Little Falls community members attended the ceremony.

"This is a right and fitting monument to our program," said Brig. Gen. Worthe Holt, Assistant Adjutant General Air.  "It demonstrates that this 40 year partnership has stood the test of time, endured the forces of wind, rain and snow, and has kept us prepared and ever ready like a Soldier should be.  I believe this monument symbolizes the distance to our friends home is only a stone's throw away, ever reminding us to never let the grass grow on the path to our friend's house.
 
"It's a symbol of the long-lasting friendship," said General Harald Sunde, Chief of Defense for Norway.  "It's the largest piece of Norway in the United States."

NOREX began in 1974, and allows Minnesota National Guard Soldiers and Airmen to participate in winter operations training with the Norwegian Home Guard in Norway, while the Norwegian Home Guard Soldiers train with Minnesota National Guard Soldiers at Camp Ripley.  NOREX promotes good will and enhances military readiness between the two nations while providing cultural understanding for exchange participants.

Feb. 16, 2013
By Tech. Sgt. Scott G. Herrington
148th Fighter Wing Public Affairs



Download photos





Articles archive

In The News archive

Media Advisory archive

Latest News

Brothers in aviation deploy together

Posted: 2014-07-22  08:16 AM
Minnesota National Guard FORT HOOD, Texas - Joshua is the quietest of the three Tidei brothers. He is the only one to sport a mustache. When he speaks, jargon about aircraft maintenance flows out effortlessly. As an aircraft maintainer with the 2nd Battalion, 147th Assault Helicopter Battalion, he makes sure the UH-60 Black Hawks he maintains are working properly. He takes the job seriously. It could be his brother Jonathon, a UH-60 Black Hawk pilot, flying the helicopter next.

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathon J. Tidei, Spc. Caleb P. Tidei and Spc. Joshua P. Tidei are deploying to Kuwait together.



The Importance of the American - Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange

Posted: 2014-07-17  09:49 AM
Minnesota National Guard CAMP RIPLEY, Minn.- "It's important to know the people we are going to serve with overseas before we get there," said Col Scott St. Sauver, Camp Ripley Post Commander.

Since its conception in world affairs, the United States of American has relied on the cooperation and partnerships of its allies during times of peace and war. These partnerships have ensured the progress of our national economic interests, advanced our medical and scientific research and strengthened the security of our military at home as well as overseas.

We have a lot to learn from each other and it starts right here, with the young members of these two military organizations.



Minnesota National Guard puts forth an All Star Effort

Posted: 2014-07-15  10:31 AM
Minnesota National Guard For the Minnesota National Guard, support of Major League Baseball's All Star Week was evident under the spotlight as well as behind the scenes.

Leading up to the All Star Game - which took place in Minnesota for the first time in nearly 30 years - Minnesota National Guard leaders were invited to take part in Fox Sports North's All Star Game programming, "All Star Live," to showcase the capabilities of National Guard units across the state during a daily "All Star Salute" segment. The Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Richard Nash, was the first to appear in-studio to introduce FSN's audience to "the things we do here in Minnesota, each and every day."



Article archive
 
top