Camp Ripley Training Center
Camp Ripley, located near Little Falls, Minnesota, is a 53,000-acre regional training center hosting numerous ranges and state-of-the-art facilities to support the training requirements of military and civilian agencies. In addition to providing resources enabling customers to train in a realistic environment, CRTC remains committed to environmentally-sound stewardship throughout Central Minnesota to include its 18 miles of undeveloped Mississippi River shoreline.
During the 2018 training year, Camp Ripley facilitated over 383,000 man-days of military training and 56,000 training man-days for local and state interagency partners.
In 2018, Camp Ripley was again recognized with the Department of Defense Environmental Award, this time for its cultural resource management. Camp Ripley conducted a multi-year, installation-wide survey of its more than 300 archaeological sites and partnered with the Leech Lake Band Heritage Sites to inventory significant historic and prehistoric sites.
The Minnesota National Guard strives to protect the wildlife found throughout its training areas. Camp Ripley released a second golden eagle into the wild in February to study its migratory patterns. The first golden eagle, named Ripley, was tracked as the most northern breeding golden eagle and makes the flight from Camp Ripley to places above the Arctic Circle every year. The Camp Ripley environmental office is also conducting a study of its deer population by collaring and tracking the animals’ movements.
Several improvements were made to Camp Ripley to enhance the accommodations for personnel who are training on post. The Camp Ripley Viking Club reopened with new management in April to provide an entertainment alternative for service members and customers. Camp Ripley is also in the process of building additional lodging facilities to phase out the existing “tin huts” that lack temperature controls. Several “long houses” will be built over the coming years to increase the year-round lodging capacity for Camp Ripley customers.
Camp Ripley is committed to maintaining a positive relationship with the surrounding community. In 2018, Camp Ripley again took part in the Little Falls Day of Caring and hosted Earth Day events. Camp Ripley also continues to work with local residents who are interested in the Sentinel Landscape program, offering an open house this year to explain the program to potential participants.
Minnesota’s Military Mental Health Coalition hosted its annual conference at Camp Ripley in May. The location allows the coalition to reach mental health care providers in central Minnesota and share best practices regarding mental healthcare for military members and veterans.
In 2018, Camp Ripley played an important role in facilitating the training of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division prior to their mobilization in support of Operation Spartan Shield. The division conducted several command post exercises at Camp Ripley in preparation for their division warfighter exercise at Camp Atterbury, Indiana, in May.
In 2019, Camp Ripley will host the Minnesota-based 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, as well as the Iowa-based 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, for their warfighter exercises. Camp Ripley will also provide assistance for the 1/34th ABCT as they transport their equipment to Fort Hood, Texas, next year in what will be the largest rail load operation in the brigade’s recent history.
CAMP RIPLEY ANNOUNCEMENTS
Welcome to Camp Ripley
As you plan and prepare to execute your training events here, Camp Ripley Command reminds you that our whole purpose is to provide you the facilities, resources, and support you need to execute your training in a realistic environment. If there is anything we can do to assist you, please let us or our staff know, and let us know where we can improve; whether it is facilities, processes, procedures, policies, or whatever. We want to know how we can best serve you and your Soldiers. Think about this while you are here, and let us know through phone calls, emails, face to face interactions, or our ICE surveys.
Senior Enlisted Leaders
Senior Enlisted Leaders, please contact CSM Erickson at 320-616-2705 (preferably prior to arriving) so we can build the relationship between you, your unit, and Camp Ripley. Also, have your OPS NCOIC contact 1SG Klucas at 320-616-6022 to schedule an initial welcome brief that can be conducted within your first two days on the ground.
Please review our regulations (CRTC, Range, Motor Vehicle, etc.) so you have a full understanding of the implications behind them, and your unit is prepared to execute your training.
Please remind your personnel that the most common speed limit in cantonment is 20 mph, with a couple roads set at 30 mph, while downrange it is at most 25 mph, and is always lower when passing troops. Dust, construction, and slippery roads can create hazards when driving that require your Soldiers' diligence to negotiate safely.
Traffic and POV Parking
Our Traffic Regulation includes the use of a points system (points assessed for citations, and after enough points have been assessed, driving privileges on post will be suspended). We ask that you understand who your POV drivers are, what they are driving, confirm they are licensed and insured and that they understand where your unit command teams are directing them to park (in designated parking or designated Overflow Parking Areas).
RAVE Messaging System
Sign up for the RAVE messaging system. This is a texting system that you and your Soldiers can opt into, to receive text messages when an important or emergency message must be sent regarding Camp Ripley. It supplements and fills gaps left by systems like Desktop Alert, CCIRs, sirens, and is especially useful for M-Day staff, out-of-state organizations, non-government customers, and when you're simply not by your computer. Messages could include things like Active Shooter, Severe Weather Warnings, large scale fire incidents, power outages, and other emergency situations. We highly recommend you opt-in, to ensure we can reach you if there is an emergency. To Opt-In to RAVE, text CAMPRIPLEY to any of the following numbers: 226787, 67283, 78015, or 81437. You can opt out at any time: opt-in when you are training here, then opt-out if you want.
The installation-wide WiFi (GopherNet) will be undergoing some significant changes, and will impact where and to what extent it is available. We are implementing plans to modify or replace GopherNet, with a priority toward enabling official business to occur (i.e. using VPN). Please understand that, as a consequence of these changes, limitation of WiFi services may occur. In conjunction with the J6, we will work diligently to complete this change as quickly as possible.
Waste and Recycling
As you execute your plans and generate the accompanying waste, please have your units deposit the waste in the appropriate containers and dumpsters, sorted by organics, recyclables, cardboard, and garbage. A reminder to collect the MRE heaters (FRHs) as last year, with none in any dumpster.
2019 Chapel Services
From June 1 to August 31, there will be the following weekly services at the Chapel: Protestant Service at 1800 Saturday evenings, and Catholic Services at 0800 Sunday morning.
PX and MWR Activities
The PX has expanded their hours, now with a 0600 opening time. Please give them feedback on whether their schedule supports your Soldiers & units, and how they can better serve you.
When your Soldiers are off duty, we invite you to use any of our MWR facilities and equipment: we have everything from fishing equipment to Frisbee golf, and the Viking Club is a great place to unwind after a long training event.
Family Assistance Center and Personal Financial Counselor
Our Family Assistance Center is located in Building 11-1, as well as a full-time Personal Financial Counselor starting May 2019. Please use them as resources for your force. You can coordinate for both of them at 320-616-3119, and learn about other resources available as well.