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Minnesota National Guard
Finnish Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee visits Camp Ripley

Finnish Delegation CAMP RIPLEY, Minn- Members of the Finnish Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee visited organizations of the Minnesota National Guard Nov 3, including Camp Ripley

"The Finnish Delegation has shown a great interest in the Minnesota National Guard's support model for emergency response operations," said Maj John Donovan, Camp Ripley Public Affairs Officer

The visit of the Finnish Delegation to Minnesota during the first week of November was hosted by Secretary of State Mark Ritchie in support of international partnerships which have been ongoing for several decades

"The common bond Minnesota has with the Scandinavian culture along with alliances in many different markets around the world has forged a strong relationship internationally Reciprocal troop exchanges like the annual Norwegian and American Troop Exchange Program has strengthened American and Norwegian relations," said Donovan

"On the same note, relationships with Germany, the United Kingdom, Croatia, Sweden and Denmark are strengthened by the exchange of service-members to Minnesota," added Donovan

It is always advantageous to know who you're working with before you start work

"As I always tell my soldiers it is invaluable to know who we are working for before we get there When it comes to responding to a disaster, you don't want to be introducing yourself for the first time at the scene of the crisis," said Col Scott St Sauver, Camp Ripley Garrison Commander

While on Camp Ripley the Finnish Delegation learned about Camp Ripley's award winning environmental program, land conservation programs and intra-agency partnerships

The Finnish delegation toured the 148th Fighter Wing in Duluth after departing Camp Ripley Upon their completion of the Duluth tour they headed back to the Minneapolis area

November 3, 2014
by Staff Sgt Anthony Housey
Camp Ripley Public Affairs

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