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Minnesota National Guard
Partners in peace recognize friendship in Minnesota

Camp Ripley NOREX CAMP RIPLEY, Minn- Soldiers of the Norwegian Home Guard traveled to Minnesota, Feb 12-25, to take part in the 42nd Annual American-Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange

"I always encourage my Soldiers to introduce themselves to a different Norwegian soldier each day, meet new people and I guarantee they will have a friend for life," said Col Scott St Sauver, Camp Ripley Garrison Commander

For many of the over 100 Norwegian soldiers, ranging in age from 18 to 37, this is their first time in the United States

"I have learned a lot about American culture even in the first few days of being here," said Guro Bogeberg of the Norwegian Youth "Even though some things are very much the same, it is interesting to see how we go about them differently"

As a member of the Norwegian Youth, Guro is learning winter survival techniques and leadership skills as part of the squad to which she belongs The professional development each youth achieves here in Minnesota as well as the fun and interesting cultural observations made during the exchange gives them an upper hand once back home

"Following programs like this, youth back in Norway are more career-oriented and mature about their decisions for the future," said Sgt Sondie Hasvaag

Training for the American and Norwegian soldiers, as well as their inter-agency partners, consists primarily of weapons familiarization, communications, first aid and vehicle operations All of which will be utilized during a multi-agency training scenario toward the end of their time here in Minnesota

"This is a great experience, training with the Minnesota National Guard, and I am very excited to be here in America experiencing the culture in real life," said 1Lt Erik Hattrem, with the Norwegian public affairs

The things we do as professionals within our military training is terrific, but the experiences we get to bring home that help us personally and professionally are just as incredible," added Hattrem

February 18, 2015
by Staff Sgt Anthony Housey
Camp Ripley Public Affairs

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