CAMP RIPLEY -- The Headquarters Detachment of the 434th Main Support Battalion awarded certificates of appreciation to nine soldiers in the Minnesota Army National Guard for their enthusiastic support of the 34th Division Support Command's Basic Training Orientation Course.
Soldiers receiving the certificate were: Capt. Paul Webster, Spc. Ashley Bendson, Spc. Debra Cervantez, Sgt. 1st Class Lance Chisholm, Spc. Joleene Kawano, Sgt. Amy Nohner, Master Sgt. Fred Simon, Sgt. Richard Sprouse and Sgt. Rebecca Thingvold.
The award's citation noted the soldiers' professionalism, attention to detail and many long hours, which assured the success of the Basic Training Orientation Course. The course trained new recruits to be soldiers.
CAMP RIPLEY -- The Headquarters Detachment of the 434th Main Support Battalion of the Minnesota Army National Guard awarded Good Conduct ribbons to the following soldiers:
Sgt. 1st Class Paul Kleinschmidt, 18 years of service; Sgt. Marc Stang, 12 years of service; Sgt. Janelle Johnson, three years of service; Spc. Clayton Kamrowski, six years of service; Spc. Mary Rademacher, three years of service; and Cadet Jamie Sanborn, three years of service.
The award not only marks the soldiers' years of service, but also recognizes the soldiers' good conduct and soldierly qualities, bearing and behavior. The award acknowledges the soldiers for setting an example that enhances the morale of the entire National Guard unit they are in. A soldier must attain at least 95 percent attendance for drill and annual training to receive the award.
Yurczyk receives letter
CAMP RIPLEY -- Spc. Jennifer Yurczyk, Avon, a member of Headquarters Detachment of the 434th Main Support Battalion in the Minnesota Army National Guard at Camp Ripley, received a letter of appreciation from Col. Terry Dorenbush, post commander.
In the letter, Dorenbush expressed his appreciation for Yurczyk's support during the Ripley Rendezvous Extreme Program, noting her willingness to volunteer and represent the Minnesota National Guard was an inspiration to her fellow soldiers.
The letter commended Yurczyk for her professional ethics while working as a mentor for the program.
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