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.