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1-147th Field Artillery rockets roar at Camp Ripley - Brainerd Dispatch MN

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Published on Jul 27, 2012

The whoosh of rockets rocked the west firing range at Camp Ripley Friday afternoon.

The South Dakota Army National Guard's 1-147th Field Artillery fired two barrages of reduced range rockets, providing a spectacle for visitors at the range.

The GPS guided rockets can travel 26 miles to their targets.

On the battlefield, when heavy artillery can't silence the enemy, the MLRS systems are called in.

All twelve rockets can be fired in under a minute and the launcher redeployed before the enemy can calculate their position.

In the first week of their two week training at camp, The South Dakota National Guard personnel trains on these multiple launch Rocket Systems mounted on a mobile chassis.

The South Dakota unit has been busy with deployments to Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan and helped secure the flooding Missouri River in Pierre last summer.

Friday's exercise was for special dignitaries including Guard soldier's employers from the South Dakota communities where the units are based and the Morrison County Commissioners.

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