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"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
Posted: 2017-03-24 10:19 AM CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - Every spring Camp Ripley begins its annual controlled burn program to help reduce the risk of wildfire during training.
"Usually the burns are completed every spring before the summer annual training season begins," said Tim Notch, training area coordinator on Camp Ripley. "However, the warmer weather conditions provide a nice opportunity for preventative burns earlier this season."
As in years past Camp Ripley will conduct controlled burns on approximately 13,000 acres of the 53,000-acre military reservation. The burns are done in coordination with the staffs of the Camp Ripley Department of Public Works and the Camp Ripley Environmental Department along with support from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Posted: 2017-03-23 09:46 AM DULUTH, Minn. - Pfc. Trevor Nelson received the Minnesota Distinguished Recruiting Ribbon and a Minnesota Recruiting and Retention Battalion medallion for excellence from Command Sgt. Maj. Curtis Serbus, March 18, 2017, at the Duluth Armory. Nelson earned these awards as part of the online referral system, Leads 2 Enlistment for referring four friends who have joined the Minnesota National Guard.
"I talked to some buddies in my school about the Guard. They liked the benefits, so I put their info in the app and let my recruiter take over." said Nelson. "I thought it would be fun to serve with friends and help them figure out their path in life."
Nelson is currently a senior at Cloquet Senior High School and assigned to the Recruit Sustainment Program in Duluth. He attended basic training at Fort Benning in the summer of 2016 with follow-on training in the summer of 2017 to become an infantryman.
Posted: 2017-03-10 08:50 AM LITCHFIELD, Minn. -Bruce Cottington, a Navy veteran of WWII and Korea, donated a bronze bust of Gen. John W. Vessey, Jr. to the Litchfield National Guard unit during the armory's public open house event March 4. Cottington, a Litchfield resident, commands the Minnesota Chapter of the Veterans of Underage Military Service. VUMS members enlisted in the military prior to the minimum age requirement in order to serve their country during WWII. Cottington received the bust from Vessey, a fellow VUMS member. Both enlisted in the military at the age of 16.
The highlight of the 334th Brigade Engineer Battalion open house was the unveiling of the sculpture. The unit was very supportive when Cottington proposed donating the sculpture. The Litchfield community has always been very supportive of the National Guard over the years, so the open house was a chance to say 'thanks' to their neighbors. "This was a great opportunity to honor Bruce and to honor Gen. Vessey," said B Co., 334th Brigade Engineer Battalion Commander, Capt. Seth Goreham. Bravo Company also has a tight relationship with the local American Legion and VFW. Many Litchfield citizens are former members of Bravo Company, or the unit's predecessors A Co, 682nd Engineer Battalion, and the 849th Mobility Augmentation Company.
Posted: 2017-03-08 03:29 PM CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - The garrison command team of Camp Ripley, family, friends and colleagues from the Minnesota National Guard attended a Change of Responsibility ceremony between Command Sgt. Maj. Mike Worden and Command Sgt. Maj. Matt Erickson, March 5, 2017, at Camp Ripley.
The ceremony was an official "passing of the sword" from one senior noncommissioned officer to the next and assumption of the duties and responsibilities that go along with the position of Garrison Command Sergeant Major.
As with many military ceremonies those in attendance welcomed Erickson as a new member of the team and bid farewell, recognized and thanked Worden for his service.