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Minnesota National Guard
Camp Ripley 2014 Year in Review

Minnesota National Guard CAMP RIPLEY, Minn- The Minnesota National Guard has made significant contributions over the past year to the training and readiness of its Army and Air Force formations as well as the preparedness of several civilian law enforcement agencies

"2014 was an amazing year for Camp Ripley," said Col Scott St Sauver, Camp Ripley garrison commander "A major focus for us was training with inter-agency partners"

In spite of experiencing one of the coldest winters in over 100 years, training on Camp Ripley continued as units conducted individual readiness qualifications and others prepared for upcoming deployments

When spring finally arrived in central Minnesota, it was time for Camp Ripley to launch into its training year Organizations ranging from county sheriffs' offices to out-of-state National Guard and Reserve units began occupying the training area as several new methods of training were introduced in preparation for upcoming major exercises

"Local law enforcement agencies along with state and federal partners all came to Camp Ripley in 2014 to share best practices and to hone emergency response skills," said St Sauver

Camp Ripley also hosted the Region IV Best Warrior Competition in late spring, challenging soldiers from nine different states throughout the Midwest In early summer Camp Ripley hosted the annual Trolling for Troops event and the first summer Norwegian Exchange

Summer on Camp Ripley saw the introduction of several new vehicles, training techniques and programs as the National Guard prepares to host the 2015 eXportable Combat Training Capability XCTC which will include the training of organizations from across the region

"As if we weren't busy enough, we also supported our environmental department with unveiling a 100-acre solar field in cooperation with Minnesota Power," said St Sauver "Additionally, we aided in the retirement ceremony of Maj. Gen. Gerald Lang from the National Guard"

The Fall of 2014 included the annual Court of Honor ceremony where soldiers from within the Minnesota National Guard were recognized for their contributions to the military and their communities A monument to the 99th Infantry Battalion (Separate) was also unveiled giving recognition to the only active duty unit that was ever organized on Camp Ripley

December 30, 2014
by Staff Sgt Anthony Housey
Camp Ripley Public Affairs
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