Staff Sgt. Anthony A. Housey
CAMP RIPLEY—Representing the citizens of Central Minnesota, 17 members of the surrounding communities join the Camp Ripley Garrison Commander as part of the Citizen's Advisory Committee. "The worst thing is lack of information," said Maj. Don Warner, director of the Camp Ripley Visitors Bureau. "The members of this committee will help to ensure the equal balance of informing our neighbors and our service-members," he added.
CAMP RIPLEY - Soldiers of the Norwegian Home Guard conducted inter-agency training with state and local law enforcement Feb. 12-23 at Camp Ripley. "The training conducted by the Norwegian Rapid Reaction Force, or RRF, is based on the National Guard's focus of inter-agency cooperation in time of need," said Lt. Col.
CAMP RIPLEY - Soldiers and airmen of the Minnesota National Guard will take part in the 42nd American-Norwegian reciprocal troop exchange beginning Feb. 12. "The NOREX, short for Norwegian Exercise, as we call it, is a partnership where servicemen and servicewomen from both nations can share camaraderie while learning about each other's culture," said Maj. John Donovan, a spokesman for Camp Ripley. Approximately 100 Norwegian Home Guard Soldiers will travel to the U.S. to train with soldiers at Camp Ripley.
CAMP RIPLEY - The mission of Camp Ripley is to provide the best support, facilities and resources enabling customers to train in a realistic environment while maintaining positive community relations. "Our duty is to be a training center capable of providing all assets needed to fulfill all customers' missions now and into the future" said Col. Scott St.
CAMP RIPLEY - During the month of December many military organizations take part in a unit party or gathering to celebrate the holiday season and to share in each other's company. "These events bring everyone together and allow us to have fun as a family," said Maj. John Donovan, Camp Ripley Training Support Unit Commander. For units of the Minnesota National Guard the annual holiday party is a time to reflect on what the holidays represent for everyone.
CAMP RIPLEY — Members of the Camp Ripley Joint Visitors Bureau plan and execute hundreds of events at Camp Ripley each year. "For every event held at Camp Ripley, attention to detail is crucial to its success and military protocol underpins everything we do," said Maj. John Donovan ,chief of the Camp Ripley Visitors Bureau. "Protocol is something the military uses to show proper respect to senior leaders and civic leaders," said Donovan.
CAMP RIPLEY - Staff Sgt. Phillip E. Mielke, a combat engineer with C Company of the 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 34th Infantry Division, was awarded the Bronze Star Medal at Camp Ripley Training Center, Aug. 14. Mielke, a Hutchinson, Minnesota native and local police officer, was presented the award by Maj. Gen. Neil Loidolt, 34th Infantry Division Commander, before beginning his unit's two week annual training period. "I didn't think I did anything spectacular above and beyond," said Mielke. "It's crazy to get put up for such a high award.