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Second wave of 34th Infantry Division Soldiers return to Minnesota

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 29, 2010

~Second wave of 34th Infantry Division Soldiers return to Minnesota~

The second wave of 34th Red Bull Infantry Division (34th ID) Soldiers will return to Minnesota following their one-year deployment to Iraq The next group of approximately 200 Soldiers are scheduled to arrive at 2 pm
Sunday,
January 31

Since May 2009, the 34th Infantry Division 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

More than 1,200 Citizen Soldiers representing 273 Minnesota Communities and 14 states deployed with the Red Bulls

Members of the media are invited to attend the Soldier returns at the three armories listed below  No RSVPs are required Be advised that the bus arrival times are projections

3 pm Sunday, January 31
100 Soldiers
Rosemount National Guard Armory
13865 South Robert Trail
Rosemount, MN 55068


3 pm Sunday, January 31
50 Soldiers
Inver Grove Heights National Guard Armory
8076 Babcock Trail
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55077


3 pm Sunday, January 31
60 Soldiers
Stillwater National Guard Armory
107 E Chestnut Street
Stillwater, MN 55082


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

For deployment information and accomplishments of the Red Bulls visit www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org and "click" on 34th ID Red Bulls Return Special Feature banner

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

http://www.youtube.com/theredbullsdotorg

http://www.flickr.com/photos/theredbulls

http://picasaweb.google.com/TheRedBulls.org

34th Infantry Division Soldiers return to Minnesota
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