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International partners develop optimal force structure at Camp Ripley

Minnesota National Guard CAMP RIPLEY — Infantry soldiers of the Canadian 38th Brigade Battle Group engaged in collective small unit tactical training March 6-10 at Camp Ripley

“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

Partnerships with the Canadians, Croatians and Norwegians have greatly increased the knowledge and efficiency of our techniques, tactics and procedures,” added Donovan

March 10, 2014
Story and photos by Staff Sgt Anthony Housey
Camp Ripley Public Affairs




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