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Former Guardsman Continues to Lead, Mentor

Posted: February 12, 2016 12:42 PM
MSG Alexander MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Throughout a military career that spanned several decades, retired Army Master Sgt. Ivy Alexander successfully managed the many challenges of deployments, a civilian career and raising a family.

Alexander attributes some of her career success to the skills she developed as an Army paralegal specialist, where her ability to conduct thorough research on any given issue was invaluable to the commanders and judge advocates she supported.



Minnesota and Iowa UAS operators train together at Camp Ripley

Posted: February 10, 2016 02:18 PM
Iowa UAS CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - Soldiers of the Iowa National Guard's Special Troops Battalion visited Camp Ripley, Feb. 8-13 to train in Unmanned Aerial Systems.

Operators and technicians of Company B, Brigade Special Troops Battalion a part of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division conducted training along with Minnesota "Redbulls" in order to meet mandatory requirements for UAS operation.

"It's an annual requirement, we have to maintain a certain amount of flight time in order to stay certified," said Staff Sgt. Francisco Hernandez, group leader.



Minnesota State Patrol Trooper Academy continues on Camp Ripley

Posted: February 03, 2016 11:48 AM
State Patrol CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - The Minnesota State Patrol began its 57th Trooper Academy Jan. 25 at Camp Ripley.

"Our first training school was held on Camp Ripley from May to July of 1931," said Lt. Eric Barthel, training academy officer.

Since its creation on April 24, 1929, the Minnesota State Patrol has maintained a presence of state law enforcement officers on Minnesota highways. They became ambassadors of "good will" to let people see them, get acquainted with them and to enforce the provisions of the law.



Internet scams and impersonation

Posted: January 29, 2016 01:22 PM
The Army Criminal Investigation Command receives hundreds of allegations a month from victims who state they got involved in an online relationship with someone, on a legitimate dating website or other social media website, who claims to be a U.S. Soldier. The "Soldier" then begins asking for money for various false service-related needs such as transportation costs, communication fees, marriage, processing and medical fees. Victims of these online scams have lost tens of thousands of dollars, with a very low possibility of recovery.

The U.S. has established numerous task force organizations to deal with this growing epidemic; unfortunately, many times the people committing these scams are from foreign countries using untraceable email addresses, routing accounts through numerous locations around the world and utilizing pay per hour Internet cyber cafes, which often times maintain no accountability of use.



'Minnesota Nice' Makes Wounded Airman Feel at Home

Posted: January 28, 2016 01:50 PM
Wounded Airman ST. PAUL, Minn. - During a 2013 deployment in Afghanistan, Staff Sgt. Taylor Savage was in a vehicle hit by an Improvised Explosive Device. She suffered extensive life-threatening injuries and has undergone multiple surgeries.

Savage arrived in Minnesota last fall for the reconstruction of her pelvis at Hennepin County Medical Center. She and her mother stayed at the hospital several weeks and then moved to a hotel near the Mall of America to recover from the surgery before being cleared to leave Minnesota.

Minnesota military members and Minnesotans around the metro took it upon themselves to make this wounded Airman feel at home during her recovery.



Simulations training gets Minnesota Guard ready for battle

Posted: January 28, 2016 11:08 AM
Simulations CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - Soldiers of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division began vehicle simulations training Jan. 9 at Camp Ripley.

"The first phase in meeting the Army's 'Ready' requirement is to certify every vehicle crew on the safe and effective operation of their vehicle and weapon platform," said Master Sgt. Rian Hofstad, master gunner for the 1st ABCT.

The main effort of the brigade's simulations training is being conducted on the Close Combat tactical Trainer. The CCTT system is a computer-driven, manned module simulator replicating the vehicles found in close combat units such as the M1 Abrams Tank, the M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle. It is designed to provide armor, mechanized infantry, cavalry and reconnaissance crews with a virtual, collective training opportunity while reducing the cost and usage of actual equipment.



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