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The Importance of the American - Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange

Minnesota National Guard CAMP RIPLEY, Minn- "It's important to know the people we are going to serve with overseas before we get there," said Col Scott St Sauver, Camp Ripley Post Commander

Since its conception in world affairs, the United States of American has relied on the cooperation and partnerships of its allies during times of peace and war These partnerships have ensured the progress of our national economic interests, advanced our medical and scientific research and strengthened the security of our military at home as well as overseas

We have a lot to learn from each other and it starts right here, with the young members of these two military organizations

The positive relationships we as Americans maintain with our neighbors globally are as important as the positive relationships we as Minnesotan maintain with our own neighbors locally

Our similar cultural ties allow Americans and Norwegians to relate to each other; and at the same time strengthen the familiar bond we share with one another as Soldiers

As a result of these connections, two veterans of World War II began the American - Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange over a handshake in 1974 The intent was to apply lessons learned during military training exercises and maintain the cultural bonds between our two countries

The Exchange is a lot about our commonalities as people as well as Soldiers This is why over eight thousand members of each military have participated in the exchange which has become the longest running international exchange in the history of the Department of Defense

Many from this program have gone on to become senior military leaders, doctors, economists and the like based upon the shared professionalism, discipline, leadership development and team building we share during our time together

It is these great traits that increase the productivity of any Soldier, but professional skills cannot function by themselves The life lessons of social interaction and developing friendships make our Soldiers better rounded and more prepared

Even in battle, I know that my friendships are what gets me through the mission and I know that when I find a Norwegian Soldier, I have found a friend for life

July 17, 2014
by Col Scott A St Sauver
Camp Ripley Public Affairs



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Posted: 2017-12-12  11:29 AM
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Posted: 2017-12-08  12:08 PM
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Posted: 2017-11-04  04:16 PM
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"General Jensen has been a tremendous leader of the Minnesota National Guard throughout his years of dedicated service," said Governor Dayton. "He has served in two top leadership positions, as the Commanding General of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, and also as the Chief of Staff at the Guard's Joint Force Headquarters. I am confident that he will continue to provide the same outstanding leadership as his predecessor, General Rick Nash."

Jensen most recently served as the Commanding General of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division. He previously held positions as Deputy Commanding General, United States Army Africa and Southern European Task Force, Minnesota National Guard Director of the Joint Staff and Minnesota National Guard Assistant Adjutant General - Army.



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