| H.CON.RES.185 Commending the 1st Brigade Combat Team/34th Infantry Division
Week Ending October 5, 2007
HCONRES185 Commending the 1st Brigade Combat Team/34th Infantry Division of the Minnesota National Guard upon its completion of the longest continuous deployment of any United States military unit during Operation Iraqi Freedom
Known as the Red Bull Division, the 1st Brigade Combat Team / 34th Infantry Division of the Minnesota National Guard caps a history of deployment dating back to the Civil War with a one year deployment to Iraq ending in March 2006
The Red Bull Division completed the longest continuous deployment of any US military unit during Operation Iraqi Freedom
The Division completed 5,200 combat logistic patrols, secured 24 million convoy miles and discovered and detonated 462 improvised explosive devices The Division captured 400 suspected insurgents
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Sponsor: Rep Timothy J Walz (MN-1st)
Vote: Passed House 378 to 9 October 1, 2007 RC 924
Cost to the taxpayers: No discernible cost
Whereas the 1st Brigade Combat Team/34th Infantry Division of the Minnesota National Guard, known as the Red Bull Division, is headquartered in Bloomington, Minnesota, and is made up of some 3,700 hard-working and courageous Minnesotans and some 1,300 more Soldiers from other Midwestern States;
Whereas the 1st Brigade Combat Team has a long history of service to the United States, beginning with the Civil War;
Whereas the 1st Brigade Combat Team was most recently mobilized in September 2005 and departed for Iraq in March 2006;
Whereas the 1st Brigade Combat Team recently completed the longest continuous deployment of any United States military unit during Operation Iraqi Freedom;
Whereas, during its deployment, the 1st Brigade Combat Team completed 5,200 combat logistics patrols, secured 24 million convoy miles, and discovered 462 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) prior to detonation;
Whereas the 1st Brigade Combat Team processed over 15 million vehicles and 400,000 Iraqis into entry control points without any insurgent penetrations;
Whereas the 1st Brigade Combat Team captured over 400 suspected insurgents;
Whereas more than 1,400 members of the 1st Brigade Combat Team reenlisted during deployment and 21 members became United States citizens during deployment;
Whereas the 1st Brigade Combat Team helped start two Iraqi newspapers that provide news to the local population and publish stories on reconstruction progress;
Whereas the 1st Brigade Combat Team completed 137 reconstruction projects;
Whereas the deployment of the 1st Brigade Combat Team in Iraq was extended by 125 days in January 2007;
Whereas the 1st Brigade Combat Team and its members are now returning to the United States to loving families and a grateful nation;
Whereas the families of the members of the 1st Brigade Combat Team have waited patiently for their loved ones to return and endured many hardships during this lengthy deployment;
Whereas the employers of members and family members of the 1st Brigade Combat Team have displayed patriotism over profit, by keeping positions saved for the returning Soldiers and supporting the families during the difficult days of this long deployment, and these employers are great corporate citizens through their support of members of the Armed Forces and their family members;
Whereas communities throughout the Midwest are now integral participants in the Minnesota National Guard's extensive Beyond the Yellow Ribbon reintegration program that will help members of the 1st Brigade Combat Team return to normal life; and
Whereas the 1st Brigade Combat Team/34th Infantry Division has performed admirably and courageously, putting service to country over personal interests and gaining the gratitude and respect of Minnesotans, Midwesterners, and all Americans: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That Congress--
(1) commends the 1st Brigade Combat Team/34th Infantry Division of the Minnesota National Guard upon its completion of the longest continuous deployment of any United States military unit during Operation Iraqi Freedom;
(2) recognizes the achievements of the members of the 1st Brigade Combat Team and their exemplary service to the United States; and
(3) directs the Clerk of the House to transmit a copy of this resolution to the Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard for appropriate display
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