CAMP RIPLEY – The phrase “exercise, exercise, exercise” in the Minnesota National Guard often has little to do with physical training. For two days at Camp Ripley’s recently completed Emergency Management Training Center, representatives gathered from not only the Minnesota National Guard, but from all over Minnesota for a mock disaster exercise called Vigilant Sheen. The training exercise included players at all levels to keep the exercise as real as possible.
CAMP VAERNES, Norway — The 40th Annual Norwegian Exchange is in full swing as Norwegian lieutenants and noncommissioned officers take individual platoons and squads under their wings teaching them survival skills for a planned field training exercise in the forests of Norway. For the two days leading up to the four-day exercise, the Norwegians taught Minnesota Guardsmen what they would need to know before going out to the field. It began with classroom instruction about cold weather injuries and how to dress properly for the field with their new Norwegian uniform.