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Thunder roars at Camp Ripley

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The thundering roar of rockets rocked the west firing range at Camp Ripley Friday afternoon.

The South Dakota Army National Guard 1-147th Field Artillery fired two barrages of reduced range rockets providing a spectacle for visitors at the range.

Used as the final solution to a battlefield problem, the GPS guided rockets can travel 26 miles to their targets.

On the battlefield, when heavy artillery can not silence the enemy, the MLRS systems are called in. They can quickly fire and move before the enemy can calculate their position.

In the first week of their two week training at camp, the South Dakota National Guard personnel used multiple launch Rocket Systems mounted on a mobile chassis.

The South Dakota unit has been busy with deployments to Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan and helped secure the flooding Missouri River in Pierre last summer.

Friday’s exercise was for special dignitaries including Guard soldier’s employers from the South Dakota communities where the units are based and the Morrison County Commissioners.

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Steve Kohls
I started my career in photography after graduation from Moorhead State College with photography positions at the Daily News in Wahpeton, ND. , Country Echo in Pequot Lakes, The Journal in New Ulm and settling at the Brainerd Dispatch in 1975. I have been teaching fine art black and white and color photography at Central Lakes College for the past 15 years. Currently I have been teaching Underwater Photography for Central Lakes College and the Minnesota School of Diving for the past 7 years. From May to November you can find me at the Mineland Recreation Area either scuba diving and photographing the fish or enjoying the beauty of our area’s newest lakes.
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