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"The exercises organized by First Army are to help prepare units for rotations at major training centers to ensure mission readiness," said Capt Brett Farniok, projects officer at Camp Ripley
The eXportable Combat Training Capabilities, or XCTC, program provides soldiers with an experience similar to real-life missions XCTC is a command and control as well as a field-training instrument designed to certify proficiencies in specific tasks
According to a spokesman for the program, "XCTC provides an experience similar to a Combat Training Center to Guard Soldiers at home station minimizing the cost and time away from home and employment"
The program brings full training resource packages to National Guard and active duty bases around the country, allowing units to train on their schedule, close to home Training lanes are customized to meet the unit commander's objectives for maneuver, support and sustainment
"Lanes are created by the unit, but include input from observer/controllers such as myself," said Sgt 1st Class Ty Vance of First Army "It's all based on the mission requirements and may include calling for artillery, movement to contact, reconnaissance, vehicle recovery, or breaching an obstacle," he added
Camp Ripley, being the largest training area in the Midwest, is hosting the program and providing support for units transitioning through the 53,000 acre facility throughout the summer
"Camp Ripley Training Center staff works directly with individual units and Exercise Support Command personnel to ensure that our facilities, resources and ranges are available for training," said Maj Joseph Sanganoo, operations officer for Camp Ripley
The National Guard Bureau orchestrates the XCTC program in conjunction with Stanford Research Institute - International, giving soldiers true-to-life simulations to enhance their training Training aids include scenario role players who act as civilians and foreign nationals in the deployment area
"We are prepared to address resource needs necessary to meet the XCTC training requirements meeting Camp Ripley's mission of providing the best support, facilities, and resources enabling customers to train in a realistic environment," added Sanganoo
May 28, 2015 by Staff Sgt Anthony Housey
Camp Ripley Public Affairs
Posted: 2017-04-24 10:43 AM Washington - Members of the Minnesota National Guard and the Air Force Reserve traveled to Washington D.C. with the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (also known as the JCRC), to visit the Holocaust Museum, April 4, 2017, to honor the victims of the Holocaust. Also, traveling with this group were St. Paul and Minneapolis police officers along with students from various high schools around the state. For those in uniform that day, it was an opportunity to see, hear and experience the stories of victims and survivors of the Holocaust.
Each Service member who attended was asked to bring back a summary of their experience in the form of a presentation, professional discussion or briefing to their respective unit in order to help other Guard members better understand and remember that horrible event, to honor the courage of the victims and survivors, and to remain vigilant as members of the U.S. military.
"The honor and privilege of accompanying members of the Minnesota National Guard to the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. met so many goals," said Steve Hunegs, the executive director of the JCRC. "I wanted to reinforce the importance of the commitment of the U.S. military to democracy. After all, it was the Allies that defeated Nazi Germany and ultimately put an end to the Holocaust."
Posted: 2017-04-19 02:15 PM CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - It was a challenging and rewarding two weeks for members attending the Army National Guard Funeral Honors Instructor Course, April 1-14, at Camp Ripley.
Soldiers of National Guard units from all over the United States took part in the course designed to educate team leaders in a variety of funeral honor detail tasks, traditions and responsibilities.
"It's a stressful course, but for our job, we have to be prepared to do our job under stress; and we all really benefitted from that," said Class Honor Grad, Sgt. Ryan Valline of the 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry.
Posted: 2017-04-18 01:42 PM ROSEMOUNT, Minn. - The Soldiers of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division had a unique opportunity to speak with one of the U.S. Army's five Muslim chaplains April 7-10, 2017. U.S. Army Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Khallid Shabazz, I Corps deputy command chaplain, travelled from Fort Lewis, Washington, to Minnesota to provide professional development for the division chaplain section.
"Soldiers perform at a higher level when they are spiritually fit," said Minnesota National Guard Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Buddy Winn, the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division command chaplain. "And, it's our job as chaplains to make sure Soldiers have their spiritual needs met, regardless of faith. Having Chaplain Shabazz here as a Muslim Chaplain provides the diversity in religious background that we can't provide internally."
There are five major religions supported by the chaplaincy: Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist, but over 200 religions are recognized. Chaplains can only perform services for their particular religion, but they can provide support for all Soldiers, regardless of their faith.
Posted: 2017-04-14 04:25 PM ST. PAUL, Minn. - For the third consecutive year, Minnesota service members were honored with on-court recognition and other VIP treatments as part of the Minnesota Timberwolves Heroes of the Pack Program.
"We are very appreciative for what the military does for us, and we wanted to give something back to honor the military," said Roger McCabe, who along with wife, Nancy, is a driving force behind the recognitions through the FastBreak Foundation and Roger & Nancy McCabe Foundation. "This is our way of doing it."
Having lived through the Vietnam War - and with Roger and Nancy both having parents who served - the two philanthropists decided a few years back to build upon existing recognition efforts already underway by the Timberwolves. And with that, recognitions that were typically happening at Target Center in November expanded to include Minnesota Service members from all branches at every home game - a total of 41 honorees per season.