| 34th Infantry Division Soldiers Return to Minnesota
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January, 22 2010
~34th Infantry Division Soldiers Return to Minnesota~
More than 1,000 Citizen Soldiers from the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division will begin returning to Minnesota The 34th Infantry Division Soldiers will return in four separate groups, the first group of 250 Soldiers is scheduled to arrive at 5 pm on Sunday, January 24
Upon arrival to Minnesota, the Soldiers will be bused to the Rosemount, Inver Grove Heights and Stillwater Armories
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
34th Infantry Division foremost 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 the conditions for a successful drawdown of US forces in their area of responsibility
Members of the media are invited to attend the Soldier returns in each community No RSVPs are required Be advised that the bus arrival times are projections
6 pm Sunday, January 24
Rosemount National Guard Armory
13865 South Robert Trail
Rosemount, MN 55068
6 pm Sunday, January 24
Inver Grove Heights National Guard Armory
8076 Babcock Trail
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55077
6 pm Sunday, January 24
Stillwater National Guard Armory
107 E Chestnut Street
Stillwater, MN 55082
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 651-282-4410
34ID Deployment Overview.pdf
34ID Deployment Accomplishments.pdf
34ID Press Resources.pdf
34ID Employment Initiatives.pdf
Minnesota National Guard 2009 Annual Report.pdf
34th Infantry Division Soldiers return to Minnesota
25 Jan., 2010
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