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"The class is aimed to inform soldiers and leaders about the new features to the weapon," said Mr Brett Little, Small Arms NET instructor "The 'fifty cal' has been around for a long time, but new innovations allow Soldiers to operate the weapon safer and more effectively," added Little
The M2 50-caliber Heavy Barreled Machine Gun was designed by John M Browning at the request of Gen John Pershing towards the end of World War I for the use in engaging aircraft and armored vehicles The official adoption of the weapon by the US Military was in 1923 with slight modification for fixing the weapon to vehicles
"The M2 and its variants are used by every element of our military," said Staff Sgt Matthew Carkhuff, tank commander with the 2nd Combined Arms Battaion, 136th Infantry "Mounted on vehicles, carried by Infantry, fixed in aircraft or defending Naval Ships, it's a simple, effective weapon," he added
The new feature for the M2A1s is a quick change barrel kit for rapid, easy replacement of a barrel during combat The first versions of the quick change barrel were first developed during the 1970s and 1980s for changing out 'hot' barrels to continue firing Hot barrels can lead to misfires, cooked off rounds and inaccurate fire Every M2 heavy barrel weapon can be converted to a quick change barrel version with the replacement of only a few parts, including the barrel Barrel changes will allow the operator to continue engaging target while the other barrel cools off
Smaller caliber weapons used by the US Military are fixed with a quick change barrel option, both mounted and dismounted, for the same purpose Machine gun teams operating on the ground, away from a vehicle, rely on this feature to minimize damage to the weapon while on the move Whereas operation of the weapon does not change, constant drill and familiarization are conducted to reduce risk to the firer and increase combat effectiveness
"This is where our mission success starts, in the classroom," said Master Sgt Todd Martin, operations non-commissioned officer for Camp Ripley
Following this training each Soldier will go back to their unit and initiate similar training based on the information they learned during class This will allow leaders to apply the material to their specific vehicles or mission
November 20, 2013 by Staff Sgt Anthony Housey
Camp Ripley Public Affairs
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."
Posted: 2017-04-19 02:15 PM CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - It was a challenging and rewarding two weeks for members attending the Army National Guard Funeral Honors Instructor Course, April 1-14, at Camp Ripley.
Soldiers of National Guard units from all over the United States took part in the course designed to educate team leaders in a variety of funeral honor detail tasks, traditions and responsibilities.
"It's a stressful course, but for our job, we have to be prepared to do our job under stress; and we all really benefitted from that," said Class Honor Grad, Sgt. Ryan Valline of the 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry.