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Minnesota National Guard
Minnesota 175th RTI becomes Institution of Excellence

Minnesota National Guard The Minnesota 175th Regiment Regional Training Institue (RTI) located at Camp Ripley recieved the "Institution of Excellence" award by the Army's Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) during a ceremony on Saturday, April 13, 2013 A TRADOC Institution of Excellence rating is obtained by achieving a score of 95 percent or higher during a TRADOC accreditation visit

"Of the 54 regional training institutions supporting the National Guard across the nation only thirty-two have the distinction of being designated an Institution of Excellence," said Chief Warrant Officer Heidi Allen of the 175th RTI

Army Brig Gen Craig Bargfrede, Minnesota's assistant adjutant - Army, presented the award to the Regimental Commander, Col Michael Funk and Regimental Command Sgt Maj Doug Wortham at a ceremony held at Camp Ripley  "This is a big accomplishment for our institute here in Minnesota," said Funk

Every training institute prepares for this visit while still completing the required mission of educating and preparing Soldiers There are hundreds of Soldiers, instructors, support staff and resources that went into achieving this distinction for the 175th Regiment

"The 175th Regiment underwent this accreditation this past year which included six proponents inspecting 26 standards of the 23 courses taught at the RTI  The 175th Regiment met or exceeded all standards to include doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership, personnel and facilities," said Allen  Additionally, some courses were identified by their proponent as having a 'Best Practice' for other school houses to emulate,  she added

Army Sgt Anthony Housey
Camp Ripley Public Affairs           
April 17, 2013

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