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Minnesota National Guard
175th Regiment (Regional Training Institute)

Soldiers participating in Officer Candidate School finish the last mile of an early morning, 10-mile ruck march through Camp Ripley Training Center on Oct. 25, 2015. (Minnesota National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Anthony Housey)
Unit Information

The Camp Ripley-based 175th Regiment Regional Training Institute provides combat arms, Military Occupational Specialty and leadership training to the U.S. Army to prepare Soldiers and units for deployment at maximum combat readiness levels.

175th Regiment consists of headquarters and two battalions: the 1st Battalion (Officer Candidate School), and the 2nd Battalion (General Studies).

Each year hundreds of Soldiers from both the reserve and active components travel to the Camp Ripley Training Center to attend one of 31 courses offered by the 175th RTI. The institute ensures the courses offered meet requirements for all components, drawing students from across the country and supporting the One Army School System. The One Army School System is a force-wide, national effort that aligns course capacity with demand to minimize wait times for Soldiers trying to complete professional development, leadership and skills-based schools.

The courses offered at the 175th RTI qualify Soldiers as infantrymen, cavalry scouts, health care specialists, wheeled vehicle mechanics and tracked vehicle repairers. The 175th RTI also offers Advanced Leader Courses for several Military Occupational Specialties, Maneuver Senior Leader Course Phases I and II and more than 10 functional courses. The institute also contributes to the commissioned ranks by offering Phases I and II of Officer Candidate School, and Phase II of Warrant Officer Candidate School.

2016 Accomplishments

In 2016, 58 company commanders and first sergeants graduated from the Company Command/First Sergeant Pre-Command Course, which provides company-level leaders with the knowledge and skills necessary to maintain and improve unit readiness and training.

Also during this year, 115 officer candidates graduated Phase I of OCS, the highest number of graduates in more than six years. Soldiers attending Phase I will return to their units in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois and Indiana - six states that make up the entire officer candidate region that the 175th RTI supports - and continue their progression toward receiving a commission in their home states.

Of the 18 Minnesota officer candidates to move on from Phase I of OCS, all completed Phase II with the 175th RTI and eventually Phase III, which is held at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. This was not only a 100 percent graduation rate, but also the highest number of candidates to make it all the way through the challenging courses since 2012. And, after years of women being barred from serving in combat roles, the institute commissioned its first female Soldier into the armor branch. Lastly, nine warrant officer candidates graduated WOCS in 2016.

In 2016, as part of the Minnesota National Guard's State Partnership Program, the institute's Regional Training Site-Maintenance team sent three instructors to Croatia to conduct Mine Resistant Ambush Protected maintenance training. The five-day training event enabled the Croatian military to operate and maintain its newlyacquired fleet of MRAP vehicles.

Soldiers attending the 175th RTI's courses in 2016 have done so at CRTC's premier Education Facility, which offers 22 classrooms, two computer labs, conference room and an auditorium. The building maximizes training by offering a dining facility and state-of-the-art technology, enhancing the 175th RTI's educational offerings with the goal of sustaining the Institution of Excellence rating it received in 2012 and 2015.

2017 Objectives

In 2017 the 175th RTI will continue to improve on its current plan to support the One Army School System. Additionally, the RTS-M will support international training initiatives by sending five trainers to Croatia for a three-week MRAP recovery course, building on the relationships and training that was fostered in 2016.

Lastly, the 175th RTI will continue its efforts to sustain the professional conduct and organizational expertise of its cadre to provide the best trained Soldiers and professional military education. In its effort to maintain its ranking as one of the top training facilities in the nation, the 175th RTI will continue to seek out exceptional Soldiers to become quality instructors that produce agile and adaptive leaders.

Community Connections

Unit Address: 15000 Hwy 115, Bldg. 2-1 Camp Ripley, MN 56345
Unit Telephone: 320.616.2646
Recruiter Telephone: 320.616.3016

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Unit Patch  Unit Crest
Minnesota National Guard Leadership

Minnesota Adjutant General Maj. Gen.
Jon A. Jensen
Generally Speaking
Senior Enlisted Advisor
Command Sgt. Maj. Douglas Wortham
On Center Ice
Unit Command Structure

Joint Force Headquarters
-175th Regiment (RTI)
--1st Battalion (OCS)
--2nd Battalion (GS)

Unit Leadership

Commander  CSM
Col. Stephanie Horvath
175 RTI
Command Sgt. Maj. John Wood
175 RTI
Major Unit Equipment

M240B Machine Gun
M249 Squad Automatic Weapon
Bradley Fighting Vehicle
M4 Carbine Rifle
M9 Pistol
M16 Rifle

See the list of major equipment used by the Minnesota National Guard.
Unit Occupational Specialties

11B - Infantryman
19D - Cavalry Scout
42L-Administrative Specialist
68W-Health Care Specialist
92Y-Unit Supply Specialist

See the complete list of specialties in the Minnesota National Guard.
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Unit Articles

Camp Ripley graduates new class of combat medics

Minnesota National Guard school house builds tomorrow's leaders

Camp Ripley RTS-M offers technical, hands-on training for Soldiers

Minnesota 175th RTI becomes Institution of Excellence

Warrant Officers provide stable unit foundation

Quick reaction force training at Camp Ripley
Written by 1st Lt. Kenneth Toole, 11/9/11

Officers and Warrant Officers graduate at Camp Ripley
Written by 1st Lt. Kenneth Toole, 10/9/11

Camp Ripley Regional Training Institute Graduates Medics
Written by Sgt. John Angelo, 9/22/11

Guard leaders from three states visit officer candidate training
Written by 1st Lt. Kenneth Toole, 6/12/11

Lt. Col. Williams takes charge of General Studies Battalion
Written by 1st Lt. Kenneth Toole, 5/7/11

Officer Candidates study Civil War tactics at Gettysburg
Written by Officer Candidate Trista LaFontaine, 4/16/11

OCS Class 52 Dining Out
Written by Officer Candidate Christy Hanson, 3/15/08

Officer Candidate School graduation photo gallery

Officer Candidate School training photo gallery