| 34th Infantry Division Soldiers return to Minnesota
More than 1,000 Citizen Soldiers from the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division (34th ID) are returning to Minnesota from overseas deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom The 34th ID Soldiers will return in four separate groups, the first group of 250 Soldiers arrived Jan 24
After brief formations they were released to their waiting families Subsequent groups are projected to arrive Jan 30, Feb 6 and Feb 11
The Soldiers went to Fort Lewis, WA following their 12-month deployment where they underwent medical and administrative out processing before returning to Minnesota The Soldiers flew to the Minnesota Air National Guard's 133rd Airlift Wing in St Paul and were immediately bused to the Rosemount, Inver Grove Heights and Stillwater Armories as well as Camp Ripley
The returning Soldiers benefited by Minnesota's ground breaking Beyond the Yellow Ribbon reintegration program as part of their demobilization process at Fort Lewis and they can expect to receive additional reintegration training in place of their normal weekend drills for the next 3 months
Since May 2009, the 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
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 ID accomplishments while on deployment included; ensuring Iraqi Security Forces could protect their population and borders in southern Iraq, developing Southern Iraq's civil capacity and economic security, and setting the conditions for a successful drawdown of US forces in their area of responsibility
By Sgt 1st Class Daniel Ewer
Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs
25 Jan, 2010
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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