| National Guard to Host Ribbon Cutting at New Facility in Arden Hills
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 4, 2016
ARDEN HILLS, Minn.-
The Minnesota Army National Guard is set to host a ribbon-cutting and open house at the new Ben Franklin Readiness Center, 1536 Ben Franklin Street, Arden Hills, Minn., Friday January 8th at 10 a.m.
"The new facility will be a great improvement for our unit, allowing our soldiers to be better trained and prepared to complete our assigned missions," said Capt. Timothy Gorecki, Alpha company, 834th Aviation Support Battalion commander.
"The Ben Franklin Readiness Center provides the required training, storage and maintenance space needed for the three companies that will be stationed here," said Gorecki.
The new facility was designed by Burns and McDonnel of Bloomington, Minn., constructed by LS Black Constructors of St. Paul, Minn. and commissioned by LHB of Duluth, Minn. The 64,000-square-foot facility was federally funded, and cost $17 million to build.
The facility is a great example of the "Green" initiatives that the Minnesota National Guard is using in its new construction, and will meet the US Green Building Council LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Silver facility requirements. The facility uses geothermal heating and cooling, extensive use of "daylighting" to harvest natural light, as well as other environmentally-conscious strategies to reduce its ecological footprint. The site has a projected annual energy cost of .52₵ per square foot, well below the Minnesota National Guard average of $1.08 per square foot.
"The Ben Franklin Readiness Center will be a great addition to our Arden Hills campus, benefiting our Service members and the community," said Col. Larry Herke, facilities management officer for the Minnesota National Guard.
Members of the media and community are invited to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Friday, January 8th at 10 a.m. at the Ben Franklin Readiness Center, 1536 Ben Franklin Street, Arden Hills, 55112. Members of the media are invited to arrive 30 minutes prior to the beginning of the ceremony.
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Camp Ripley strikes first before wildfire season
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.
Minnesota Guardsman earns recognition through Leads 2 Enlistment program
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.
Litchfield and Local Veteran Honor Gen. John Vessey at Armory Open House
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.
Camp Ripley welcomes new command sergeant major
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.