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 2019 training year, Camp Ripley facilitated more than 395,000 man-days of military training and 61,000 man-days for local and state interagency partners.
Camp Ripley facilitated warfighting exercises for the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team and 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division.
Since 2010, rail operations have been critical in supporting exercises hosted at Camp Ripley for nine states. In August, rail operations supported the movement of more than 2,000 pieces of equipment to Texas for the 1/34th ABCT.
Camp Ripley's environmental team received the National Guard Bureau Environmental Award for its work to grow and preserve the Sentinel Landscape in central Minnesota. Camp Ripley is the only National Guard facility to participate in this program which protect agricultural and recreational land surrounding military installations.
In addition to providing training to Minnesota National Guard service members, Camp Ripley facilitated training for U.S. Navy divers from the Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit Two, Minnesota State Patrol, Minnesota Department of Transportation, and the Department of Natural Resources. Camp Ripley is the largest employer in Morrison County, contributing a total economic impact to the local community of more than $260 million in fiscal year 2019.
In 2020, Camp Ripley will focus its efforts on the improvement of its facilities. This includes the completion of several buildings, to include a fire station.
Camp Ripley will continue to work with its state agency and military partners to synchronize training and share resources to provide an optimal training environment.