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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: 2017-04-28 12:38 PM MANKATO, Minn. - Commissioned leaders of the Minnesota National Guard convened for the 112th General Conference of the National Guard Association of Minnesota at the Verizon Wireless Center and Hilton Garden Inn, Mankato, on April 22, 2017.
The annual gathering of association members - who serve as advocates for the needs of Soldiers, Airmen and their families - includes a business meeting, commanders march, formal dining event and transfer of responsibility to the chapter's new president.
The day's event began with a business meeting, which focused on the association's mission of educating and informing legislators on the issues facing the current and future role of the National Guard in serving Minnesota communities. The strategic planning meeting was attended by Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Richard Nash, his staff and unit commanders.
Posted: 2017-04-26 02:09 PM CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - The Department of Defense announced that Camp Ripley was selected as the winner of the Secretary of Defense Environmental Award for Natural Resources Conservation, Large Installation.
The awards recognize individuals, teams and installations for their exceptional environmental achievements and innovative, cost-effective environmental practices.
"The winners' efforts strengthen the Department of Defense's position as a resourceful environmental steward, both at home and abroad, and demonstrate our continued commitment to fulfilling mission needs through advanced environmental practices and technologies," stated James A. MacStravic, performing the duties of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics.
Posted: 2017-04-26 10:57 AM COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. - Staff Sgt. Nicquie Neely has been working with victims of sexual assault for four years in the Minnesota National Guard and also volunteers as a victim advocate in the community. As a victim advocate, it's her job to believe and support victims through a difficult process that can often involve extensive medical care and legal proceedings.
"Ever since I joined the Guard and heard about the SHARP program and learned what a victim advocate was, I always wanted to be one," said Neely. "And then I learned that you had to be an E-6 to be in that position, so the minute I got promoted I asked my commander if I could go to the training."
Neely is a combat medic and the full-time training and administration NCO with Company C, 134th Brigade Support Battalion. In addition to military victim advocate training, Neely also attends regular training with the civilian organization she volunteers for - SOS Sexual Violence Services in Ramsey County.
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."