| 34th Infantry Division assumes control of MND-S
CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq " The 34th Red Bull Infantry Division assumed control of Multi-National Division " South from the 10th Mountain Division in a transfer of authority ceremony here May 20
The Red Bulls now support Iraqi security forces throughout nine provinces in southern Iraq This is the first time since World War II the 34th Inf Div has established its headquarters in a combat zone
General Ray Odierno, Multi-National Force " Iraq commanding general LtGen Charles Jacoby, Multi-National Corps " Iraq commanding general, government of Iraq officials and Iraqi security force leaders were on-hand to witness the historic transfer
"This is an exciting time in Iraq," said Maj Gen Richard Nash, 34th Inf Div commanding general "On behalf of the 34th Inf Div, we are privileged to be invited by the government of Iraq to be a partner in improving the future of the people of this great Iraqi nation"
"Over the last year, the Iraqi Army and police have taken responsibility for the protection of the Iraqi people," said Maj Gen Michael Oates, 10th Mtn Div commanding general "The 10th Mountain Division was proud to be their partners in this success"
While the Red Bulls are ready to take hold of the reins, Nash stressed that the job in Iraq is still not done
"My Soldiers will be in a supporting partnership role," said Nash "Our major partnership focus will be with the Iraqi police and the Department of Border Enforcement in order to assist them as they secure the people of southern Iraq We are highly impressed with the professionalism and capability of the Iraqi Army"
Iraqi officials in attendance expressed both their gratitude to the departing 10th Mountain and their anticipation of working with the Red Bulls "The 10th Mountain Division did a great, great job as an ISF partner during a crucial time in Iraq's history, said Capt Hayder Adannan, an engineer and liaison officer for Coalition forces in Wasit province "The 34th I've already met with their commander They already know me, and I look forward to working with them"
Col Auyid Ibrahin, chief civil affairs officer for the Iraqi Army 10th Division, said, "We're going to lose some friends, but we're going to have new friends"
The Red Bulls' objectives throughout southern Iraq include helping with economic development and governance, increasing security for the Iraqi people and assisting with the training of Iraqi security forces
by Pfc J P Lawrence "¢ 34th Red Bull Infantry Division Public Affairs
May 20, 2009
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Camp Ripley strikes first before wildfire season
Posted: 2017-03-24 10:19 AM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - Every spring Camp Ripley begins its annual controlled burn program to help reduce the risk of wildfire during training.
"Usually the burns are completed every spring before the summer annual training season begins," said Tim Notch, training area coordinator on Camp Ripley. "However, the warmer weather conditions provide a nice opportunity for preventative burns earlier this season."
As in years past Camp Ripley will conduct controlled burns on approximately 13,000 acres of the 53,000-acre military reservation. The burns are done in coordination with the staffs of the Camp Ripley Department of Public Works and the Camp Ripley Environmental Department along with support from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Minnesota Guardsman earns recognition through Leads 2 Enlistment program
Posted: 2017-03-23 09:46 AM
DULUTH, Minn. - Pfc. Trevor Nelson received the Minnesota Distinguished Recruiting Ribbon and a Minnesota Recruiting and Retention Battalion medallion for excellence from Command Sgt. Maj. Curtis Serbus, March 18, 2017, at the Duluth Armory. Nelson earned these awards as part of the online referral system, Leads 2 Enlistment for referring four friends who have joined the Minnesota National Guard.
"I talked to some buddies in my school about the Guard. They liked the benefits, so I put their info in the app and let my recruiter take over." said Nelson. "I thought it would be fun to serve with friends and help them figure out their path in life."
Nelson is currently a senior at Cloquet Senior High School and assigned to the Recruit Sustainment Program in Duluth. He attended basic training at Fort Benning in the summer of 2016 with follow-on training in the summer of 2017 to become an infantryman.
Litchfield and Local Veteran Honor Gen. John Vessey at Armory Open House
Posted: 2017-03-10 08:50 AM
LITCHFIELD, Minn. -Bruce Cottington, a Navy veteran of WWII and Korea, donated a bronze bust of Gen. John W. Vessey, Jr. to the Litchfield National Guard unit during the armory's public open house event March 4. Cottington, a Litchfield resident, commands the Minnesota Chapter of the Veterans of Underage Military Service. VUMS members enlisted in the military prior to the minimum age requirement in order to serve their country during WWII. Cottington received the bust from Vessey, a fellow VUMS member. Both enlisted in the military at the age of 16.
The highlight of the 334th Brigade Engineer Battalion open house was the unveiling of the sculpture. The unit was very supportive when Cottington proposed donating the sculpture. The Litchfield community has always been very supportive of the National Guard over the years, so the open house was a chance to say 'thanks' to their neighbors. "This was a great opportunity to honor Bruce and to honor Gen. Vessey," said B Co., 334th Brigade Engineer Battalion Commander, Capt. Seth Goreham. Bravo Company also has a tight relationship with the local American Legion and VFW. Many Litchfield citizens are former members of Bravo Company, or the unit's predecessors A Co, 682nd Engineer Battalion, and the 849th Mobility Augmentation Company.
Camp Ripley welcomes new command sergeant major
Posted: 2017-03-08 03:29 PM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - The garrison command team of Camp Ripley, family, friends and colleagues from the Minnesota National Guard attended a Change of Responsibility ceremony between Command Sgt. Maj. Mike Worden and Command Sgt. Maj. Matt Erickson, March 5, 2017, at Camp Ripley.
The ceremony was an official "passing of the sword" from one senior noncommissioned officer to the next and assumption of the duties and responsibilities that go along with the position of Garrison Command Sergeant Major.
As with many military ceremonies those in attendance welcomed Erickson as a new member of the team and bid farewell, recognized and thanked Worden for his service.