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Minnesota National Guard
A man who helps to make it happen

This year is the 34th Annual Norwegian Exchange but it is only the fourth year that it has been hosted at Camp Vaernes The first 30 years of the exchange training were conducted at Torpo, in the mountains of Norway However this camp no longer exists

For Captain PÃ¥l(Paul) Ronning, supply officer at Camp Vaernes, this is his third year working with the Norwegian Exchange

The reasons for Capt Ronning's continued participation in hosting the Minnesota Soldiers and Airmen are no secret "I know the base from in to out so it is very easy," said Capt Ronning "It is a lot of fun and always has been"

Capt Ronning has only experienced the exchange from the Norwegian side He has not yet been able to travel to Minnesota and see the other side of it "Since day one, the Norwegian Home Guard has taken care of all of our needs and been very helpful with any issues The Norwegian staff is professional and well-trained They are putting us through an exciting and challenging program," said Lt. Col. Scott St Sauver, the Minnesota National Guard contingent officer in charge

The training center in Norway depends on Capt Ronning for many responsibilities He works all of the logistical needs of the Norwegians and Minnesotans His planning includes elements of coordination with the transportation, logging and equipment for training

"Capt Ronning has met all of our logistical needs from clothing to billets at Camp Vaernes " and Haltdalen Training Center His sense of humor keeps the contingent amused and always wondering what will happen next It is a real pleasure to work with him," said Lt. Col. St Sauver

This is Capt Ronning's third year working with the Exchange and everyone enjoys working with him He is the kind of guy that can make anything fun

By Staff Sgt Kenneth R Toole

The Norwegian Exchange Program

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