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Minnesota National Guard Soldiers and Airmen of the National Guard in the Central Region consisting of ND, SD, Minn, Ind, Wis, Iowa and Ohio arrived at Camp Ripley to compete in the National Guard Regional Biathlon Feb 7-8, 2014

"Everyone is very excited to get out and train before the races," said Master Sgt Patricia Bienusa, assistant timing official for the biathlon "The amount of snow and conditions of the trails are really getting everyone enthused about the event," she added

"Everyone is very excited to get out and train before the races," said Master Sgt Patricia Bienusa, assistant timing official for the biathlon "The amount of snow and conditions of the trails are really getting everyone enthused about the event," she added

The Viking Trail and "F Range" of the Biathlon course have been serviced and maintained since the beginning of the season by the staff at Camp Ripley The trails have been in high demand for use by recreational skiers and competing athletes

"Local high school teams have been using the trails for years; often contracting three meets a year on post," said Mr James Krousey, Department of Military Affairs liaison for Post Operations

Day one of the meets consisted of a welcoming orientation and billeting assignments as well as a short safety briefing Competitors from out of state took the opportunity to orientate themselves to Camp Ripley and the many miles of trails throughout the training area

Multiple iterations of the races have given Camp Ripley the ability to operate a well organized and coordinated event

"Year-round operations and annual utilization of Camp Ripley's ranges and services are crucial to optimize the capabilities of the Minnesota National Guard and partnering agencies," said Maj Joe Sanganoo, operations officer for Camp Ripley

"We've done many events like this and we have it down to a science," said Chief Warrant Officer 4 Roger Sorben, chief timing official for the biathlon

"Meeting our mission requirements, while enhancing partnerships throughout the communities in which we serve, is a great way to ensure a high return on our training dollars," said Chief Warrant Officer 4 Marie Festler, Camp Ripley logistics officer

Feb 05, 2014
Story and photos by Staff Sgt Anthony Housey
Camp Ripley Public Affairs




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