Cannoneers remember lineage during upcoming anniversary
Posted: July 20, 2016 10:13 AM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - Artillery crewmen and support personnel of the 1st Battalion, 151st Field Artillery are conducting gunnery skills training, July 17-30, 2016, at Camp Ripley.
This is part of the annual training requirements that each National Guard unit must complete in order to meet readiness standards in support of possible federal missions.
During the summer of 1917, this battalion answered such a call following the congressional approval of President Woodrow Wilson's declaration of war against Germany.
More Military Bases Join 'Sentinel Landscapes' for Readiness Enhancement
Posted: July 15, 2016 10:03 AM
WASHINGTON - Numerous military installations have joined the Sentinel Landscapes partnership to maintain military readiness while preserving local agriculture, natural resources and wildlife habitat, Defense Department officials announced today.
Avon Park Air Force Range, Florida; Camp Ripley, Minnesota; and the Eastern North Carolina region, which comprises numerous military installations, joined the cooperative partnership between DoD and the departments of Interior and Agriculture, DoD officials said.
In July 2013, the departments launched the Sentinel Landscapes Partnership through a memorandum of understanding to meet three critical goals: preserve working and agricultural lands, restore and protect wildlife habitat, and assist with military readiness. The first designees were Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington, Fort Huachuca in Arizona and Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Maryland, officials said.
Minnesota National Guard executes recovery mission following NTC rotation
Posted: July 15, 2016 09:08 AM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - Soldiers and vehicles of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team 34th Infantry Division returned to Minnesota at the beginning of July after a month-long training rotation at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California.
"This is the final phase of this movement exercise, we learned a lot and exceeded every expectation with great results," said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Gerard Hummel, railhead officer-in-charge.
After offloading vehicles and equipment from the railhead at Camp Ripley, Minnesota National Guard units will begin the next phase following an exercise which is the checking, servicing and maintaining of everything the unit needs to execute its next mission.
Minnesotans visit Croatia to mark 20 years of State Partnership
Posted: July 12, 2016 09:51 AM
KARLOVAC, Croatia - Former and current members of the Minnesota National Guard, Governor Mark Dayton and the St. Paul civic group "Serving Our Troops" visited Croatia to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the State Partnership Program, July 2, 2016.
During the trip Governor Dayton, the Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Rick Nash, and current and former Minnesota National Guard leadership visited the Dubovac Primary School in Karlovac, Croatia. The elementary school just finished being refurbished by the Croatian Army Engineering Regiment, the Minnesota Army National Guard's 851st Vertical Engineer Company, and Civil Engineer Squadron members from the 133rd Airlift Wing and the 148th Fighter Wing. The engineers worked together to build a state-of-the-art kitchen, locker room and restrooms in the aging school.
"The partnership between Minnesota and Croatia is strong, and I am very honored to be here to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of our State Partnership Program," said Nash. "This simple gesture of cooperation on making sure that the future of Croatia - the nation's youth - have the necessary facilities to learn, grow and prosper is emblematic of our partnership."
Mankato-based 2-135 Infantry deploys to Sinai, Egypt
Posted: July 11, 2016 03:51 PM
MANKATO, Minn. - More than 200 Soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard's Mankato-based 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry Regiment are deploying to the Sinai Peninsula to observe and report on the peace treaty signed in 1979 between Israel and Egypt. The unit held three deployment ceremonies in Rochester, Winona and Mankato, July 8-9, 2016, for families, friends and the community to show their support for the Soldiers before they depart.
The Soldiers will be deployed for nine months in support of the Multi-National Force and Observers in Sinai, Egypt.
"The fragile peace between Egypt and Israel is one of the few bright spots in a very troubled part of the world," said Congressman Tim Walz. "It is the lynchpin of bringing lasting peace not only to the Middle East, but throughout Europe and throughout the world. And to defend this nation; to defend that mission; to allow for prosperity and peace for both Egyptians, Israelis and others, is a critically-important mission and that's why you were chosen to do it."
From the Lakes of Minnesota to the Coast of Norway--NOREX 43 Trains By the Sea
Posted: July 09, 2016 09:07 AM
CAMP VERNES, Norway - The Minnesota National Guard's 43rd Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange came to a close on June 30, 2016, as more than 100 Soldiers and Airmen from the Minnesota National Guard, along with one Danish soldier and one Swedish soldier, departed from Camp VA�rnes, Norway, to return to their respected home stations upon completion of a successful mission.
Though the exchange has historically conducted winter survival training in the mountains of Norway, this year's NOREX was the second summer program in the history of the exchange. The summer training offered a unique opportunity for members of the Minnesota National Guard to learn to live and survive in a coastal, maritime environment in Trondelag, Norway.
The Norwegian Home Guard was instrumental in providing top-notch training in a survival camp setting. The training consisted of constructing a "gapahuk" (lean-to shelter) out of wood and other resources, making fire with the use of magnesium sticks, bivouac skills, canoe familiarization and water rescue training, learning to catch and prepare a meal from local food sources in the sea--mainly fish, muscles, and crab - and familiarization with Norwegian field equipment.