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34th Infantry Division Returns from Iraq

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January, 14 2010

~34th Infantry Division Returns from Iraq~

Soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Red Bull Infantry Division have begun returning to Fort Lewis, WA following their 12-month deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom The 34th Infantry Division Soldiers will undergo medical and administrative out processing at Fort Lewis, WA before they return to Minnesota  Their exact return dates to Minnesota will be released as soon as they become available

Since May 2009, the 34th Infantry Division (34th ID) provided command and control of military forces in the southern third of Iraq  Headquartered at Contingency Operating Base Basra, the 34th Infantry Division led a force of approximately 14,000 US service members throughout nine of Iraq's 18 provinces 

More than 1,200 Citizen Soldiers representing 273 Minnesota Communities and 14 states deployed with the Red Bulls Four Minnesota National Guard units deployed with the 34th Infantry Division from the communities of Rosemount, Inver Grove Heights, Faribault and Stillwater

There are three major units deployed with the 34th Infantry Division: 468 Soldiers from the Rosemount-based 34th Infantry Division Headquarters, 400 Soldiers from the Inver Grove Heights-based Special Troops Battalion and 169 Soldiers from the Stillwater-based 34th Military Police Company 

34th Infantry Division notable accomplishments include:
- Ensured Iraqi Security Forces could protect their population and borders in southern Iraq
- Developed Southern Iraq's civil capacity and economic security
- Set conditions for a successful drawdown of US forces in their area of responsibility

For more information on the Minnesota National Guard visit us at www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org 

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs at mn.ng.web@mail.mil or call 651-282-4410

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34ID Deployment Overview.pdf

34ID Deployment Accomplishments.pdf

34ID Press Resources.pdf

34ID Employment Initiatives.pdf

Minnesota National Guard 2009 Annual Report.pdf

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