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CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. -Family members, veterans, Service members and volunteers from the surrounding communities gathered at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Dec. 17, 2016, for the annual Wreaths for the Fallen event sponsored by WreathsForTheFallen.org.
"It was such an amazing event despite the weather," said Spc. Lindsey Posterick. "I was proud at how many people came out to help place wreaths."
December 17th is recognized as the National Wreaths Across America Day, which includes the placing of wreaths on the graves of our honored service members who have passed away.
At the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery near Camp Ripley in Little Falls, over 4,500 wreaths were placed on the head stone or in the memorials of the Soldiers, Marines, sailors, airmen, Coast Guard and Merchant Mariners who served our country.
One of these honored headstones marks the grave of U.S. Army Cpl. Alfred R. Posterick of Randall, who passed away on June 11, 2016. Posterick served in Korea as an infantryman until returning home 1952. His granddaughter, Spc. Lindsey Posterick, is currently a member of the Minnesota National Guard and works in supply for G Company, 134th Brigade Support Battalion as well as full time for Camp Ripley.
"I was sad to not have been able to be there, it was something that was difficult for my family to tell me about," she said.
Closure came for both Lindsey and her family during the annual Wreaths for the Fallen ceremony at the State Veterans Cemetery on Dec. 17. Following the short ceremony, she and her family were able to place wreaths on the headstones of her grandfather and grandmother, something she was unable to do since she got back from training in July.
Spc. Posterick looks back on her family's service in the military as the inspiration for why she joined the Minnesota National Guard.
"My dad served, my grandpa served, so I decided to carry out the military tradition in my family. I wanted to be able to protect my family and everything America stood for," she said.
"My grandfather was the example of motivation," continued Posterick. "He and his sons built our family farm from the ground up, their determination is what drove me to make a career out of the military.
In addition to the State Veteran Cemetery near Camp Ripley in Little Falls, the Wreaths for the Fallen volunteers placed wreaths at Veteran cemeteries in Duluth, Preston and Redwood Falls.
December 11, 2016 by Staff Sgt. Anthony Housey
Camp Ripley 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.