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Camp Ripley is training home to out-of-state Soldiers
Camp Ripley Training Center provides Service members from out of state the opportunity to fully train on their tactical equipment One of these units being the 1st Battalion, 145th Armored Regiment headquarters based in Stow, Ohio
The 1-145th AR flew into Camp Ripley on a C130 Hercules (a military transport aircraft) Aug 3 This aircraft carried Soldiers and their equipment from their Headquarters, Alpha and Bravo Companies
Once landed, Soldiers from HHC, 1-145th AR rucked all the way to their billeting in the cantonment area of Camp Ripley, Minn, and soon after headed out to Camp Ripley's Area 62 to conduct a mortar fire exercise Aug 12 at the George E Leach Range
"Our main focus here is just setting up our mortar systems and firing on targets using different types of missions, so we get more familiarization," said Sgt John Lock, a fire direct control specialist for HHC, 1-145th AR
Because there is no suitable range for these Ohio National Guardsmen in there home state, the 1-145th AR has trained at Camp Ripley for a few years
Lock commented, "Mainly we have an open field in Ohio where we can practice occupying our firing points and dry fire missions There I can punch in a mission for my team and let them maneuver the guns to get them into position, but after that it's just a dry fire--we don't drop any live rounds" With the training relationship that is currently being established with the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, the use of Camp Ripley as a training facility is vital for the readiness of Soldiers in the 1-145th AR
It benefits these Soldiers to do live fire because they can actually feel the round and see the round come out of the tube, so it really let's them know how dangerous it really could be if we slip up, added Lock
As a Soldier, often times you're expected to do the best you can with what you have Through the continuous live fire at Camp Ripley these 1-145th AR Soldiers will be prepared to do just that
"This training is important because our job is very precision based If we're off by the slightest bit it could be the difference in hitting what we wanted to or being one hundred to two hundred yards off which doesn't help the troops down range," said Lock
Posted: 2017-03-24 10:19 AM CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - Every spring Camp Ripley begins its annual controlled burn program to help reduce the risk of wildfire during training.
"Usually the burns are completed every spring before the summer annual training season begins," said Tim Notch, training area coordinator on Camp Ripley. "However, the warmer weather conditions provide a nice opportunity for preventative burns earlier this season."
As in years past Camp Ripley will conduct controlled burns on approximately 13,000 acres of the 53,000-acre military reservation. The burns are done in coordination with the staffs of the Camp Ripley Department of Public Works and the Camp Ripley Environmental Department along with support from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Posted: 2017-03-23 09:46 AM DULUTH, Minn. - Pfc. Trevor Nelson received the Minnesota Distinguished Recruiting Ribbon and a Minnesota Recruiting and Retention Battalion medallion for excellence from Command Sgt. Maj. Curtis Serbus, March 18, 2017, at the Duluth Armory. Nelson earned these awards as part of the online referral system, Leads 2 Enlistment for referring four friends who have joined the Minnesota National Guard.
"I talked to some buddies in my school about the Guard. They liked the benefits, so I put their info in the app and let my recruiter take over." said Nelson. "I thought it would be fun to serve with friends and help them figure out their path in life."
Nelson is currently a senior at Cloquet Senior High School and assigned to the Recruit Sustainment Program in Duluth. He attended basic training at Fort Benning in the summer of 2016 with follow-on training in the summer of 2017 to become an infantryman.
Posted: 2017-03-10 08:50 AM LITCHFIELD, Minn. -Bruce Cottington, a Navy veteran of WWII and Korea, donated a bronze bust of Gen. John W. Vessey, Jr. to the Litchfield National Guard unit during the armory's public open house event March 4. Cottington, a Litchfield resident, commands the Minnesota Chapter of the Veterans of Underage Military Service. VUMS members enlisted in the military prior to the minimum age requirement in order to serve their country during WWII. Cottington received the bust from Vessey, a fellow VUMS member. Both enlisted in the military at the age of 16.
The highlight of the 334th Brigade Engineer Battalion open house was the unveiling of the sculpture. The unit was very supportive when Cottington proposed donating the sculpture. The Litchfield community has always been very supportive of the National Guard over the years, so the open house was a chance to say 'thanks' to their neighbors. "This was a great opportunity to honor Bruce and to honor Gen. Vessey," said B Co., 334th Brigade Engineer Battalion Commander, Capt. Seth Goreham. Bravo Company also has a tight relationship with the local American Legion and VFW. Many Litchfield citizens are former members of Bravo Company, or the unit's predecessors A Co, 682nd Engineer Battalion, and the 849th Mobility Augmentation Company.
Posted: 2017-03-08 03:29 PM CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - The garrison command team of Camp Ripley, family, friends and colleagues from the Minnesota National Guard attended a Change of Responsibility ceremony between Command Sgt. Maj. Mike Worden and Command Sgt. Maj. Matt Erickson, March 5, 2017, at Camp Ripley.
The ceremony was an official "passing of the sword" from one senior noncommissioned officer to the next and assumption of the duties and responsibilities that go along with the position of Garrison Command Sergeant Major.
As with many military ceremonies those in attendance welcomed Erickson as a new member of the team and bid farewell, recognized and thanked Worden for his service.