/*********************************************** * Chrome CSS Drop Down Menu- (c) Dynamic Drive DHTML code library (www.dynamicdrive.com) * This notice MUST stay intact for legal use * Visit Dynamic Drive at http://www.dynamicdrive.com/ for full source code ***********************************************/
Minnesota National Guard
Camp Ripley Will Host Regional Biathlon Competition

Minnesota National Guard FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb 3

National Guard Athletes from the Upper Midwest will compete in the Regional National Guard Bureau Biathlon Competition at Camp Ripley Feb 7-8 

Soldiers and airmen of the Central Region consisting of ND, SD, Minn, Ind, Wis, Iowa and Ohio will square off at the Minnesota National Guard Biathlon Range on Camp Ripley

"The Biathlon is a cross-country skiing and shooting competition in which competitors ski as fast as possible for several kilometers with a 22-caliber rifle strapped to their backs," said Army Maj John Donovan, Camp Ripley Public Affairs  "At a designated shooting area adjacent to the track the skiers stop and shoot at several small targets before continuing along the next leg of the track," added Donovan 

"Races start at 9:00 am both mornings," said Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 Keith Silbernick, Camp Ripley Biathlon coordination officer "Both days are open to the public and anyone is welcome to come cheer on the athletes"

The mission of the National Guard Biathlon program is to develop the highest levels of skiing and rifle marksmanship necessary to improve the combat skills of individual soldiers and airmen  The National Guard Biathlon selects and trains teams to represent the National Guard and the United States Armed Services in national and international competitions like the Biathlon World Cup and Winter Olympic events

MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC are invited to attend Regional National Guard Bureau Biathlon Competition free of charge  Those who wish to watch the race will need to park at the Camp Ripley Range Control parking lot and bus transportation will be provided to and from the biathlon competition  Visitors wishing to access Camp Ripley will need to present a valid driver's license at the front gate 

EDITORS: Members of the media are invited to interview, photograph and video tape athletes on Friday Feb 7 at 10:00 am  Contact Staff Sgt Anthony Housey at 320-616-3122 or anthonyahouseymil@milmil to arrange interviews and transportation to the Biathlon Range

For more information on Camp Ripley, visit http://www.minnesotanationalguard.org/camp_ripley/ 
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Camp Ripley Public Affairs Office at 320-616-3122 or 320-616-2726


Articles archive

In The News archive

Media Advisory archive

Latest News

Minnesota State Fair Military Appreciation Day to recognize women veterans

Posted: 2018-08-27  12:34 PM
Minnesota National Guard FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 27, 2018

ST. PAUL, Minn.- The Minnesota State Fair's eighth annual Military Appreciation Day will take place Tuesday, August 28, and provide an educational opportunity for all fairgoers to learn about Minnesota's military community. This year's theme is honoring Minnesota's women veterans.

"The Minnesota State Fair is a great opportunity to bring our community together to show appreciation for the service and sacrifice of our state's veterans," said Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen, The Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard. "This year, I am proud to stand with women veterans as we highlight their stories and contributions to our armed forces."

Minnesota Guardsmen learn survival skills, train with Norwegian counterparts

Posted: 2018-07-03  01:36 PM
NOREX 45 Over the course of 10 days, 100 Soldiers and Airmen from the Minnesota National Guard who traveled to Norway June 17-26, 2018, for the 45th Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange learned valuable survival skills and shared their knowledge with members of the Norwegian Home Guard. This year's exchange was the second to take place during the summer months in the history of the longest-running military partnership between two nations.

"It was a great experience for both the Minnesota National Guard and the Norwegian Home Guard," said Capt. 'Kiwi' HorgA�ien, the senior Norwegian instructor. "A cultural exchange, a social exchange and military exchange all packed into one."

The 45th exchange got off to a late start, with flight delays causing the trip to be shortened from its normal length of two weeks. The delay meant that the Minnesota Guardsmen jumped right into training, heading out to the field after just a few hours of sleep.

133rd Airlift Wing Emphasizes Combat Readiness Training

Posted: 2018-06-29  10:48 AM
Alpena ALPENA, Michigan - Approximately 300 U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 133rd Airlift Wing participated in a readiness exercise at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Alpena, Mich.

The exercise, tagged as Iron Ore, was designed test the Airmen abilities to set up operations at an unfamiliar location and receive in depth training on Ability-To-Survive and Operate (ATSO) principles while supporting airlift and aeromedical flight operations.

To ensure mission success and readiness, Airmen had to complete training at home station prior to leaving for Alpena. Some of this training included weapons qualification, gas mask fit testing, Mission Oriented Protective Posture (MOPP) familiarization, self-aid and buddy care and career field training.

Red Bulls Kickoff Division Warfighter

Posted: 2018-06-13  01:38 PM
DIV WFX CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. - "A Warfighter is an exercise that allows the Division to evaluate their ability to maneuver assets in a battle," said Master Sgt. Greg Weaver, the Operations Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge for the Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion. "It is designed to focus on particular areas and specific objectives to be evaluated or tested."

The Division has geared its' planning and training efforts in preparation for Warfighter since July 2017. Coordinating transportation for Soldiers and equipment was often on the mind of Maj. David Johansson, the logistics officer for the 34th ID. With the coordination of Johansson and his team, troops and equipment all converged on Camp Atterbury, enlisting the help of 89 railcars, 280 tractor-trailers, and nearly 50 buses for the movement.

"I like to say my job is to 'quiet the noise'". Johansson continued, "The noise being a real life logistical problem that could impede the exercise."

Article archive