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Headquarters, 1st Brigade Combat Team Change of Command

Soldiers of Headquarters, 1st Brigade Combat Team gather on October 14th at Camp Ripley for a Change of Command Ceremony for outgoing commander, Col David J Elicerio and to welcome incoming commander Col Kevin G Gutknecht

The 1st Brigade Combat Team (BCT) can trace its history through 1-135th Infantry Regiment to the 1st Minnesota Volunteers The 1st Minnesota Volunteers played a pivotal role in the Union victory at the Battle of Gettysburg Since then, the Minnesota Brigade has served in the Spanish-American War, the Philippines Insurrection, World War I, and World War II The brigade served under the 34th "Red Bull" Division in World War II, which participated in the North African and Italian Campaigns earning the distinction of the first division to be sent to Europe and accumulating more consecutive days in combat than any other American Army division in WWII

The 1st BCT, nicknamed "Desert Bulls," mobilized in September of 2005 and deployed to Iraq in the spring of 2006 prepared to conduct "full spectrum operations," from convoy security to high intensity urban combat After serving the initial tour of duty, the brigade was extended in order to participate in the "Surge" of 2007

The brigade served out the extension and demobilized in the summer of 2007, thereby qualifying for the distinction of the longest serving brigade in combat operations during Operation Iraqi Freedom

Written By Minnesota National Guard
Article source: Oct. 14, Headquarters 1st BCT Change of Command



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