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Minnesota National Guard
MN Recruiting Second in Nation

The Minnesota Army National Guard Recruiting & Retention Command finished fiscal year 2007 second in the nation based on evaluation criteria covering all three tenets of strength maintenance: recruiting, retention and attrition management

The force exceeded its recruiting goals with 1,998 enlistments, 26 warrant officer appointments and 126 commissioned officers Minnesota ranked third in the nation in terms of number of contracts written per recruiter The most productive area of the state was northeast Minnesota, where 271 new contracts were written by one recruiting team

The state's top recruiter, Sergeant 1st Class Brad Bond, had 42 enlistments in fiscal year 2007, earning the region's Director's 54 Award Oct 25 in Detroit The Director's 54 Award is presented to the top Recruiting and Retention NCO at the regional and national level based on recruiting production, community service and professional Soldiering criteria Sergeant 1st Class  Bond will compete for the national Director's 54 Award in Washington, DC Dec 6

At the local level, the Recruiting & Retention Battalion honors its top-producing recruiters with the TAG 36 award This year three Minnesota recruiters achieved the 36-enlistment benchmark and will be recognized by the Adjutant General at an upcoming ceremony: Sergeant Lawrence Eustice of Mankato, Sergeant Jared Golde of Marshall (two-time winner) and Sergeant 1st Class Bond (a five-time winner) Minnesota's "Rookies of the Year" are Staff Sergeant Michael Rivera of St Paul and Staff Sergeant Troy Erickson of Cambridge, with 34 enlistments each

The recruiting force also celebrated a historic milestone during fiscal year 2007, when the state reached an end strength of more than 11,000 members for the first time ever

For more information on the Army National Guard, or to contact a recruiter near you, call 1-800-GO-GUARD or visit www1-800-Go-Guardcom

By Staff Sgt Mindy Davis
22 Sept 2007





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Iowa Red Bull takes command of 34th Infantry Division

Posted: 2017-12-13  10:11 AM
Minnesota National Guard JOHNSTON, Iowa - Brig. Gen. Benjamin J. Corell, Deputy Adjutant General of the Iowa National Guard, assumed command of the 34th Infantry Division "Red Bulls" during a ceremony in Rosemount, Minnesota, on December 9, 2017.

Headquartered in Minnesota, the division has been commanded almost-exclusively by members of the Minnesota National Guard since 1968.

"Typically there's been very few people who have been allowed to command the 34th Infantry Division that didn't come from the state of Minnesota," Corell said.



Minnesota-based aviation unit honors storied division, enters into new, 'expeditionary' era

Posted: 2017-12-12  11:29 AM
Minnesota National Guard ST. PAUL, Minn. - Soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade (ECAB), who recently celebrated a year full of achievements, have embraced a new name: Red Devils.

The St. Paul-based unit hosted its annual aviation brigade ball Dec. 9, at the Envision Event Center in Oakdale, Minnesota, where the unit's new logo was unveiled.

Soldiers of the 34th ECAB, which falls under and supports the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, will continue to wear the Red Bull insignia on their uniforms. However, they will now be known and referred to as the Red Devils, a name that pays homage to the division's historical accomplishments and fierce warfighting.



Minnesota Nice Extends to Puerto Rico

Posted: 2017-12-08  12:08 PM
Minnesota National Guard CAMP SANTIAGO, Puerto Rico - It has been more than two months since Hurricane Maria stuck Puerto Rico, leaving a trail of disaster behind it. The island was in dire need of some extra help. More than 230 Air National Guardsmen from 29 states have been deployed to the island and are helping in any way they can.

Eleven of those Airmen are from the Minnesota National Guard's 148th Fighter Wing out of Duluth, Minn. and the 133rd Airlift Wing out of St. Paul, Minn., are no exception in their desire to lend a helping hand. They have been at Camp Santiago, Puerto Rico, since before Thanksgiving and will leave around mid-December. Their mission is to feed military and civilian hurricane relief workers, giving them the much-needed fuel to complete their mission throughout the day.



Governor Mark Dayton installs new Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General

Posted: 2017-11-04  04:16 PM
TAG installation ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton administered the oath of office to Maj. Gen. Jon A. Jensen, installing him as the Minnesota National Guard's 31st Adjutant General during a ceremony in St. Paul, November 4, 2017.

"General Jensen has been a tremendous leader of the Minnesota National Guard throughout his years of dedicated service," said Governor Dayton. "He has served in two top leadership positions, as the Commanding General of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, and also as the Chief of Staff at the Guard's Joint Force Headquarters. I am confident that he will continue to provide the same outstanding leadership as his predecessor, General Rick Nash."

Jensen most recently served as the Commanding General of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division. He previously held positions as Deputy Commanding General, United States Army Africa and Southern European Task Force, Minnesota National Guard Director of the Joint Staff and Minnesota National Guard Assistant Adjutant General - Army.



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