| 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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Soldiers of National Guard units from all over the United States took part in the course designed to educate team leaders in a variety of funeral honor detail tasks, traditions and responsibilities.
"It's a stressful course, but for our job, we have to be prepared to do our job under stress; and we all really benefitted from that," said Class Honor Grad, Sgt. Ryan Valline of the 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry.
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ROSEMOUNT, Minn. - The Soldiers of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division had a unique opportunity to speak with one of the U.S. Army's five Muslim chaplains April 7-10, 2017. U.S. Army Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Khallid Shabazz, I Corps deputy command chaplain, travelled from Fort Lewis, Washington, to Minnesota to provide professional development for the division chaplain section.
"Soldiers perform at a higher level when they are spiritually fit," said Minnesota National Guard Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Buddy Winn, the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division command chaplain. "And, it's our job as chaplains to make sure Soldiers have their spiritual needs met, regardless of faith. Having Chaplain Shabazz here as a Muslim Chaplain provides the diversity in religious background that we can't provide internally."
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Posted: 2017-04-14 04:25 PM
ST. PAUL, Minn. - For the third consecutive year, Minnesota service members were honored with on-court recognition and other VIP treatments as part of the Minnesota Timberwolves Heroes of the Pack Program.
"We are very appreciative for what the military does for us, and we wanted to give something back to honor the military," said Roger McCabe, who along with wife, Nancy, is a driving force behind the recognitions through the FastBreak Foundation and Roger & Nancy McCabe Foundation. "This is our way of doing it."
Having lived through the Vietnam War - and with Roger and Nancy both having parents who served - the two philanthropists decided a few years back to build upon existing recognition efforts already underway by the Timberwolves. And with that, recognitions that were typically happening at Target Center in November expanded to include Minnesota Service members from all branches at every home game - a total of 41 honorees per season.
Red Bulls move vehicles for partnership exercises
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Vehicle crewmen from the 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry based in Moorhead, worked with railroad personnel from BNSF Railway to stage, load and secure their equipment in preparation for movement.
"It was a lot of work and lessons learned, but it was awesome seeing the completed product," said Sgt. 1st Class Brian Reiten, readiness non-commissioned officer for C Co., 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry.