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Minnesota National Guard
Official Battalion Welcome Home Ceremony, 1-34 BTB

The 1st of the 34th Brigade Troops Battalion, known in theater as "Task Force Wild" in honor of the Minnesota Wild National Hockey League Team, was the largest single unit within the brigade The unit was responsible for security, military intelligence, communications, re-supply and reconstruction missions throughout Iraq The Soldiers arrived home in July and August

Headquartered in Bloomington, the 1st of the 34th Brigade Troops Battalion is comprised of units from across Minnesota, including Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 1st of the 34th Brigade Combat Team (Bloomington); Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 1st of the 34th Brigade Troops Battalion (Bloomington); Company A, 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry (West St Paul); Company A, 1st of the 34th Brigade Troops Battalion (Bloomington); Company B, 1st of the 34th Brigade Troops Battalion (Moorhead); Company C, 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 194th Armor (Sauk Centre); and Company E, 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry (Hutchinson and Redwood Falls)

While deployed the battalion successfully completed more than 1,400 critical re-supply missions throughout Iraq, cleared more than 120 Improvised Explosive Devices, managed a fleet of more than 400 vehicles, operated 14 convoy escort teams, and completed Iraqi reconstruction projects totaling more than $400,000

During the return ceremony, three members of the unit who died in Iraq will be honored: Sgt Brent W Koch, 22, of Morgan; Sgt Nicholas D Turcotte, 23, of Maple Grove; and Staff Sgt Thomas W Clemons, 37, of Leitchfield, Kentucky

The 1st of the 34th Brigade Troops Battalion distinguished itself in combat: one silver star was awarded, 151 bronze stars, 32 purple hearts, 771 Army commendation medals, 136 combat infantry badges, 302 combat action badges and 14 combat medical badges

MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA ARE INVITED to attend the Welcome Home ceremony for the 1st of the 34th Brigade Troops Battalion The ceremony is scheduled from 6 pm to 7 pm on Sunday, September 16th, in the Ballroom of the Bloomington Sheraton Hotel, 7800 Normandale Blvd, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55439


Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Olson
Minnesota National Guard
Director of Public Affairs
20 West 12th Street
St Paul, MN 55155

Office: 651-268-8949
Cell: 651-775-4392
E-Mail: kevin.olson@us.army.mil
Web: www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org

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