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“We are made up of reservists from across Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan all coming together for a common purpose of training,” said Capt Mark Mountan of the Lake Superior Scottish Regiment
Training on Camp Ripley’s Infantry Platoon Battle Course consisted of section and platoon maneuver training focused on the direct control and responsibilities of leaders in combat roles Soldiers operating under stressful situations rely on the confidence and experience of their leaders not only in battle, but also during activities to reach a common goal As a part of an organization designed to react to situations both federally and in the community, leaders have to maintain a standard practice of educating, training and developing young soldiers to carry out future missions
“Experienced leadership is a key component to any successful operation,” said Maj John Donovan, Camp Ripley spokesman “Additionally, having the opportunity to react with our international partners greatly benefits both organizations because it’s a chance to share best practices,” said Donovan
Several units from within the Canadian 38th Brigade, comprised of the Lake Superior Scottish Regiment, Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders, Royal Winnipeg Rifles and the 38th Service Battalion made up the formation training on Camp Ripley These units, operating in Central Canada, conduct missions based on a common operating picture, working together to standardize system to complete required tasks
“Once we get together to understand and accomplish the small tasks individually, we will be better off when needed to complete the big tasks collectively,” said 1st Lt John Yakymchuk of the Lake Superior Scottish Regiment
The practice of diverse elements operating as a common force is not limited to one nation or service Allied partnerships operating across shared boarders need to develop and maintain these same common operating pictures as well Camp Ripley and the Minnesota National Guard have conducted international training with partners for several decades sharing culturally and militarily In light of budget cutbacks, this partnership between the 34th Brigade Battle Group and the 34th Infantry Division keeps both organizations ready, relevant and required
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.