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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: 2017-04-28 12:38 PM MANKATO, Minn. - Commissioned leaders of the Minnesota National Guard convened for the 112th General Conference of the National Guard Association of Minnesota at the Verizon Wireless Center and Hilton Garden Inn, Mankato, on April 22, 2017.
The annual gathering of association members - who serve as advocates for the needs of Soldiers, Airmen and their families - includes a business meeting, commanders march, formal dining event and transfer of responsibility to the chapter's new president.
The day's event began with a business meeting, which focused on the association's mission of educating and informing legislators on the issues facing the current and future role of the National Guard in serving Minnesota communities. The strategic planning meeting was attended by Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Richard Nash, his staff and unit commanders.
Posted: 2017-04-26 02:09 PM CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - The Department of Defense announced that Camp Ripley was selected as the winner of the Secretary of Defense Environmental Award for Natural Resources Conservation, Large Installation.
The awards recognize individuals, teams and installations for their exceptional environmental achievements and innovative, cost-effective environmental practices.
"The winners' efforts strengthen the Department of Defense's position as a resourceful environmental steward, both at home and abroad, and demonstrate our continued commitment to fulfilling mission needs through advanced environmental practices and technologies," stated James A. MacStravic, performing the duties of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics.
Posted: 2017-04-26 10:57 AM COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. - Staff Sgt. Nicquie Neely has been working with victims of sexual assault for four years in the Minnesota National Guard and also volunteers as a victim advocate in the community. As a victim advocate, it's her job to believe and support victims through a difficult process that can often involve extensive medical care and legal proceedings.
"Ever since I joined the Guard and heard about the SHARP program and learned what a victim advocate was, I always wanted to be one," said Neely. "And then I learned that you had to be an E-6 to be in that position, so the minute I got promoted I asked my commander if I could go to the training."
Neely is a combat medic and the full-time training and administration NCO with Company C, 134th Brigade Support Battalion. In addition to military victim advocate training, Neely also attends regular training with the civilian organization she volunteers for - SOS Sexual Violence Services in Ramsey County.
Posted: 2017-04-24 10:43 AM Washington - Members of the Minnesota National Guard and the Air Force Reserve traveled to Washington D.C. with the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (also known as the JCRC), to visit the Holocaust Museum, April 4, 2017, to honor the victims of the Holocaust. Also, traveling with this group were St. Paul and Minneapolis police officers along with students from various high schools around the state. For those in uniform that day, it was an opportunity to see, hear and experience the stories of victims and survivors of the Holocaust.
Each Service member who attended was asked to bring back a summary of their experience in the form of a presentation, professional discussion or briefing to their respective unit in order to help other Guard members better understand and remember that horrible event, to honor the courage of the victims and survivors, and to remain vigilant as members of the U.S. military.
"The honor and privilege of accompanying members of the Minnesota National Guard to the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. met so many goals," said Steve Hunegs, the executive director of the JCRC. "I wanted to reinforce the importance of the commitment of the U.S. military to democracy. After all, it was the Allies that defeated Nazi Germany and ultimately put an end to the Holocaust."