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Director of the Army National Guard visits Camp Ripley

CAMP RIPLEY - The director of the Army National Guard, Lt. Gen. Timothy J. Kadavy, visited soldiers of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division training Tuesday at Camp Ripley.

The Director of the Army National Guard, Lt. Gen Timothy J. Kadavy, visited Soldiers of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division during training on Camp Ripley June 16, 2015.
The Director of the Army National Guard, Lt. Gen Timothy J. Kadavy, visited Soldiers of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division during training on Camp Ripley June 16, 2015.

CAMP RIPLEY - The director of the Army National Guard, Lt. Gen. Timothy J. Kadavy, visited soldiers of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division training Tuesday at Camp Ripley.

"It was a thrill to see soldiers out conducting training and getting ready for one of the most exciting training opportunities in the Army coming up next year," Kadavy said.

As director, Kadavy guides the formulation, development and implementation of all programs and policies affecting the Army National Guard, a force of over 350,000 Soldiers in the 54 States, Territories and the District of Columbia. These policies affect operations here on Camp Ripley as well as across the entire Army National Guard.

"Camp Ripley's role as a state, multi-use facility is important to the continued success of the National Guard as well as our partners on the civilian side," said Kadavy.

During his visit to Camp Ripley, Kadavy received a briefing on the progress and future of Minnesota Army National Guard Soldiers from Col. Robert Intress, commander of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division.

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"Our keys to success have been the ability to integrate our systems across the entire force and maintain strong communications through several exercises the brigade has conducted since early spring," Intress said.

Kadavy toured the new facilities on Camp Ripley, including the newly developed Center Range at the Miller Complex. He was able to observe training of the 2nd Combined Arms Battalion-136th Infantry and 1st Combined Arms Battalion-194th Armor during their preparations for a rotation at the national Training center in California next year.

With nearly 4,000 soldiers training on Camp Ripley, the tour was able to experience several different focus points of the 1st Brigade Soldiers.

Some of the experiences included tank platoon gunnery tables, squad and platoon maneuver, a mass casualty exercise and base defense. Additionally, the tour reviewed the multipurpose training facilities and what their capabilities are for the future.

"These soldiers are doing amazing things here at Camp Ripley, getting ready to go up against the toughest opposing training force in the world," added Kadavy.

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