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Citizens Advisory Committee strengthens communications

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.

Lt. Col Chad Sacket, Deputy Garrison Commander for Camp Ripley presents certificates of appointment to members of the Commander's Citizen's Advisory Committee during a ceremony this past summer on Camp Ripley.
Lt. Col Chad Sacket, Deputy Garrison Commander for Camp Ripley presents certificates of appointment to members of the Commander's Citizen's Advisory Committee during a ceremony this past summer on Camp Ripley.

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.

The purpose of the committee is to represent the various civilian disciplines throughout the local area in order to advise the garrison command team of Camp Ripley on topics impacting the installation's service to the citizens, communities, state, and nation.

Committee members are selected by the Garrison Commander to serve a two-year term representing the following civilian disciplines: County Commissioner appointed by County Board, State Legislators, a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Representative, Morrison County Veteran Service Officer, and the Chambers of Commerce for both the Little Falls and Brainerd Lakes area. The committee will also be advised from business professionals from the surrounding area, representatives of the Morrison County Sheriff's Office, local Congressional Districts, Veteran Affairs and the Local Mayors Offices.

"It's important for the people to know who we are and where to go if they have a question about Camp Ripley or the Minnesota National Guard," said State Representative Ron Kresha of Minnesota District 9B.

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The committee meetings are conducted quarterly in a relaxed atmosphere with agenda items for the meetings consisting of two parts, the current activities and issues pertaining to Camp Ripley and the Minnesota National Guard, address by the Garrison Commander and discussions on related topics to gather input from the committee members.

"Everyone in the committee is assigned staff officers from Camp Ripley to serve as a point of contact for follow up questions or to help work through a topic discussed in the meeting," said Mayor Greg Zylka of Little Falls.

The efforts of Camp Ripley, as a state facility, and the Minnesota National Guard within the community includes providing training opportunities for local and state law enforcement, emergency responder and other inter-agency partner. This is done in addition to preparing soldiers and airmen of the Minnesota National Guard and other service-members for their mission at home and overseas.

Over all, Camp Ripley's goal is to continue to be an active member of the Central Minnesota community and assist in strengthening the environmental, economic and social resources throughout the area.

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