Color image of cadre and candidates of the Minnesota State Patrol’s Trooper Academy march between classes at Camp Ripley, February 2016.

Cadre and candidates of the Minnesota State Patrol’s Trooper Academy at Camp Ripley

Cadre and candidates of the Minnesota State Patrol’s Trooper Academy march between classes at Camp Ripley, February 2016. The post is widely used by law enforcement agencies.

Color image of the Camp Ripley cantonment area, 2015.

Camp Ripley cantonment area

The Camp Ripley cantonment area in 2015, looking north. Warehouse and post-wide service areas are in the forefront and to the left. Billets and troop training areas are on the right and top. In the middle is Miller Army Airfield.

Color image of M1 Abrams tanks arrive at Camp Ripley on flatcars, 2015.

M1 Abrams tanks arrive at Camp Ripley on flatcars

M1 Abrams tanks arrive at Camp Ripley on flatcars, 2015.

Black and white photograph of winter operations training at Camp Ripley, ca. 1980.

Winter operations training at Camp Ripley

Winter operations training at Camp Ripley, ca. 1980.

Black and white photograph of tents and "hutments" at Camp Ripley, 1965.

Conversion of tents to "hutments" at Camp Ripley

This image, taken in 1965, illustrates the replacement of tents with aluminum “hutments” (soldiers referred to them as tin huts) in the 1960s. The conversion took five years.

Black and white photograph of Governor Orville Freeman inspecting his troops at Camp Ripley, 1955.

Governor Orville Freeman inspecting troops at Camp Ripley

As Commander-in-Chief of the Minnesota National Guard, Governor Orville Freeman inspects his troops during a review and parade, July 1955. In the 1950s and 1960s, such parades were open to the public and typically held on Sunday afternoon of the middle weekend of a two-week annual training period.

Black and white photograph of after-hours relaxation in Camp Ripley’s Enlisted Service Club, 1958.

After-hours relaxation in Camp Ripley’s Enlisted Service Club

After-hours relaxation in Camp Ripley’s Enlisted Service Club, 1958.

Black and white photograph of former president Harry Truman speaks to guests in Nelson Hall, the post’s headquarters, in July 1953

Former president Harry Truman speaking at Camp Ripley

Former president Harry Truman speaks to guests in Nelson Hall, the post’s headquarters, in July 1953 while visiting troops from the Missouri National Guard training at Camp Ripley. This was Truman’s second visit: he trained here himself in 1932 as a staff officer with the Missouri National Guard.

Black and white photograph of a Tent city at Camp Ripley ca. 1950.

A tent city at Camp Ripley

Tent city, ca. 1950. In the early years, everyone slept under canvas.

Black and white photograph of soldiers of the newly formed 215th Coast Artillery Regiment at Camp Ripley, 1940.

Soldiers of the 215th Coast Artillery Regiment at Camp Ripley

Soldiers of the newly formed 215th Coast Artillery Regiment, Minnesota National Guard, are introduced to the 90mm M-1 anti-aircraft gun during intensified training at Camp Ripley in the summer of 1940.

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