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Minnesota National Guard
Canadian military gives thanks during training at Camp Ripley

Minnesota National Guard CAMP RIPLEY, Minn- Soldiers of the Canadian Army utilized the unlimited resources of Camp Ripley during annual weapons qualification training, Oct 11-13, 2013

The Lake Superior Scottish Infantry Regiment, a part of the Canadian 38th Brigade, journeyed six hours from Thunder Bay, Ontario, to conduct personal and crew-served weapons qualification to meet annual readiness requirements

"Camp Ripley is the closest training facility to the Thunder Bay units, and much better equipped to offer skill development training to the soldier," said Capt Cory Nienemen, company commander with the Lake Superior Scottish Regiment

The second Monday of October, as Americans recognize Columbus Day, Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving Traditionally a time where families gather to reflect on things they are grateful for, this year the men and women of the Lake Superior Scots gave additional thanks for decent weather and abundance of ammunition during their rifle, pistol, grenade and machine gun ranges

"The soldiers are enjoying the experience that Camp Ripley has to offer," said Sgt Jon O'Conner, company sergeant major for A Company "The interaction and feedback on these ranges, while doing the different qualification tables, really challenged them," he added

A visit from Consul General Jamshed Merchant, Canadian Consulate General to Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota; was a welcome treat for those on Camp Ripley Consul General Merchant joined Camp Ripley commander Col Scott St Sauver and other staff members in a detailed tour of the facility showing continued support and cooperation to our allied partnership During a dinner hosted by Camp Ripley, Maj. Gen. Richard Nash, Adjutant General for the Minnesota National Guard welcomed Consul General Merchant as they discussed the future of Canadian-American partnerships in both military and civilian roles

"I'm very much impressed by the facilities of Camp Ripley, and not just physically but in the attitude of the staff here," said Consul General Merchant "It's really about the people, that is what your hard work and attention to detail shows me, and I thank you for that," he added

The Lake Superior Scottish Regiment will return to Camp Ripley for maneuver and scenario training in the future months

October 11, 2013
by Staff Sgt Anthony Housey
Camp Ripley Public Affairs

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