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Minnesota National Guard
Red Bulls Continue Preparations for Deployment

34th ID SRP CAMP RIPLEY, Minn- Soldiers of the 34th Infantry Division underwent a final Soldier Readiness Processing SRP event during a long drill weekend, Jan 9-11, 2015

The SRP is in preparation to the division's response to support Operation United Assistance taking place in West Africa spring of 2015

"This will help finalize the deployment roster, and ensure essential personnel are ready to go," said 1st Lt Melanie Nelson, 34th Infantry Division admin officer

Organized and executed by the staff of the Minnesota Medical Detachment, the multi-station event recognized possible issues and allowed for immediate corrections of medical and personnel issues

"Making sure that Soldiers and their families are equipped and prepared for upcoming deployment saves them from any confusion that may happen while mobilized," said Sgt 1st Class Kathryn Reed of the division staff

Units of the Minnesota National Guard have utilized Maj Gen Chester Moeglein Hall as a Mobilization Deployment Readiness Exercise, MODRE or SRP, site since the first Minnesota units were mobilized following Sept 11, 2001 The collective processing and information review of all unit members at the same time in one location allows best use of medical, dental, financial and administrative resources

"Soldiers are in and out as soon as possible as to not impact training," said Nelson "Any quick fixes or corrections are made without wasting precious time"

"The availability of all the resources on Camp Ripley made the entire operation a 'one-stop shop' for Soldiers working to stay mission ready," said Lt Col Charles Kemper, operations officer for the 34th Infantry Division

Civilian contractors were utilized by units during the SRP for assistance in medical and dental tasks process as part of a cooperative program with the Minnesota Joint Force Headquarters Mobile dental teams reacted to easy, quick fixes in order to allow Soldiers to meet their readiness before mobilization

The SRP processed nearly 300 personnel the first day and an additional 500 personnel over the next two days including the marking and inventory of equipment and issue of mission-specific items

January 10, 2015
by Staff Sgt Anthony Housey
34th Infantry Division Public Affairs



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