/*********************************************** * 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 ***********************************************/
History
Minnesota National Guard
Best Warrior Competition Winners

Minnesota National Guard FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 17

CAMP RIPLEY, Minn- Nine Minnesota Army National Guard soldiers competed in the 2014 Minnesota National Guard Best Warrior Competition Apr 8-12, 2014

During the three-day competition, these elite competitors tested their Army aptitude, conquering urban warfare simulations, board interviews, physical fitness tests, written exams, and warrior tasks and battle drills relevant to today's operating environment

"Warriors selected to compete for the prestigious titles of Noncommissioned Officer of the Year and Soldier of the Year mastered a series of benchmarks throughout the year to qualify for the Minnesota National Guard Best Warrior Competition," said Minnesota National Guard Senior Enlisted Advisor, Command Sergeant Major Cynthia Kallberg

While competition standards encourage the warriors to push themselves physically, the increased conditions of each event demanded patience, composure and mental agility

"Training to be physically tough is difficult, but can be achieved with the help of others  Mental and emotional toughness is something that has to be achieved individually," said Command Sergeant Major John M Lepowsky, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team Command Sergeant Major

"It was very challenging both physically and mentally," said Sgt Anthony Sparrow, materials handler with the USP&FO Warehouse on Camp Ripley "My basic strategy for success was to keep my head up, have fun with it and take away as much as I could," he added

Command Sergeant Major Kallberg awarded Rochester native Staff Sgt Michael Walker of the 134th Brigade Support Battalion, 34th Infantry Division the honor of Noncommissioned Officer of the Year  The Soldier of the Year winner was East Grand Forks native Spc Corbin Routier of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division

Camp Ripley will host the Region IV Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition May 12-16, 2014  These two soldiers will represent Minnesota at the regional competition They will compete against the top noncommissioned officers and soldiers from the Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin Army National Guard

Members of the media are invited to attend the Region IV Best Warrior Competition in May at Camp Ripley Training Center, 15000 Highway 115, Little Falls, Minn 

For media escort information, media are asked to RSVP by contacting the Camp Ripley Public Affairs Office at 320-616-3122 or 320-616-2726 

For more information on the Minnesota National Guard visit: www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org
 
For more photos from the Minnesota National Guard Best Warrior Competition visit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/minnesotanationalguard/sets/72157644062206375/     

-30-


Download photos





Articles archive

In The News archive

Media Advisory archive

Latest News

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."



Minnesota-based aviation unit takes part in Warfighter Exercise

Posted: 2018-06-08  11:59 AM
34ECAB WFX CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. - More than 150 Soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade are here participating in a multi-echelon training event, Warfighter Exercise 18-5, May 30 to June 15.

The exercise, which is part live and part virtual, is testing the St. Paul, Minnesota-based aviation unit's ability to conduct operations and mission command in a high-intensity, complex operating environment. Soldiers are being challenged to take decisive action as they focus on air-ground operations -- or synchronizing and integrating aviation operations into the scheme of maneuver planned and conducted by forces on the ground.

In this case, the units on the ground are being commanded by the Rosemount, Minnesota-based 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, which is also participating in the exercise.



Article archive
 
top