| 34th Red Bull Infantry Division official welcome home ceremony
~34th Red Bull Infantry Division Official Welcome Home Ceremony~
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 8, 2010
Soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Red Bull Infantry Division will take part in their welcome home ceremony following a historic 12-month deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom at the Minneapolis Convention Center April 10, 2010
From May 2009 to January 2010, 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
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
MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA ARE INVITED TO THE FOLLOWING EVENTS:
Saturday, April 10 from 4:30 pm to 6 pm - WELCOME HOME CEREMONY, MAIN AUDITORIUM, MINNEAPOLIS CONVENTION CENTER
" 2,000 people are expected at the official return ceremony of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division
Saturday, April 10 from 6 pm to 7 pm - RECEPTION, UPPER LEVEL, MINNEAPOLIS CONVENTION CENTER
" Media invited to meet with Red Bull Soldiers and their families
ALL MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA MUST CHECK IN AT THE MEDIA DESK LOCATED TO THE LEFT OF THE MAIN DOORS OF THE AUDITORIUM
For more information on the 34th Infantry Division visit:
For more information on the Minnesota National Guard visit us at www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Capt Randy Belden at randolphjbelden@usarmymil or call 651-775-5875
Camp Ripley strikes first before wildfire season
Posted: 2017-03-24 10:19 AM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - Every spring Camp Ripley begins its annual controlled burn program to help reduce the risk of wildfire during training.
"Usually the burns are completed every spring before the summer annual training season begins," said Tim Notch, training area coordinator on Camp Ripley. "However, the warmer weather conditions provide a nice opportunity for preventative burns earlier this season."
As in years past Camp Ripley will conduct controlled burns on approximately 13,000 acres of the 53,000-acre military reservation. The burns are done in coordination with the staffs of the Camp Ripley Department of Public Works and the Camp Ripley Environmental Department along with support from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Minnesota Guardsman earns recognition through Leads 2 Enlistment program
Posted: 2017-03-23 09:46 AM
DULUTH, Minn. - Pfc. Trevor Nelson received the Minnesota Distinguished Recruiting Ribbon and a Minnesota Recruiting and Retention Battalion medallion for excellence from Command Sgt. Maj. Curtis Serbus, March 18, 2017, at the Duluth Armory. Nelson earned these awards as part of the online referral system, Leads 2 Enlistment for referring four friends who have joined the Minnesota National Guard.
"I talked to some buddies in my school about the Guard. They liked the benefits, so I put their info in the app and let my recruiter take over." said Nelson. "I thought it would be fun to serve with friends and help them figure out their path in life."
Nelson is currently a senior at Cloquet Senior High School and assigned to the Recruit Sustainment Program in Duluth. He attended basic training at Fort Benning in the summer of 2016 with follow-on training in the summer of 2017 to become an infantryman.
Litchfield and Local Veteran Honor Gen. John Vessey at Armory Open House
Posted: 2017-03-10 08:50 AM
LITCHFIELD, Minn. -Bruce Cottington, a Navy veteran of WWII and Korea, donated a bronze bust of Gen. John W. Vessey, Jr. to the Litchfield National Guard unit during the armory's public open house event March 4. Cottington, a Litchfield resident, commands the Minnesota Chapter of the Veterans of Underage Military Service. VUMS members enlisted in the military prior to the minimum age requirement in order to serve their country during WWII. Cottington received the bust from Vessey, a fellow VUMS member. Both enlisted in the military at the age of 16.
The highlight of the 334th Brigade Engineer Battalion open house was the unveiling of the sculpture. The unit was very supportive when Cottington proposed donating the sculpture. The Litchfield community has always been very supportive of the National Guard over the years, so the open house was a chance to say 'thanks' to their neighbors. "This was a great opportunity to honor Bruce and to honor Gen. Vessey," said B Co., 334th Brigade Engineer Battalion Commander, Capt. Seth Goreham. Bravo Company also has a tight relationship with the local American Legion and VFW. Many Litchfield citizens are former members of Bravo Company, or the unit's predecessors A Co, 682nd Engineer Battalion, and the 849th Mobility Augmentation Company.
Camp Ripley welcomes new command sergeant major
Posted: 2017-03-08 03:29 PM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - The garrison command team of Camp Ripley, family, friends and colleagues from the Minnesota National Guard attended a Change of Responsibility ceremony between Command Sgt. Maj. Mike Worden and Command Sgt. Maj. Matt Erickson, March 5, 2017, at Camp Ripley.
The ceremony was an official "passing of the sword" from one senior noncommissioned officer to the next and assumption of the duties and responsibilities that go along with the position of Garrison Command Sergeant Major.
As with many military ceremonies those in attendance welcomed Erickson as a new member of the team and bid farewell, recognized and thanked Worden for his service.