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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:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rosemount-MN/34th-Red-Bull-Infantry-Division/88904866245?ref=ts

http://picasaweb.google.com/theredbullsorg

http://www.youtube.com/theredbullsdotorg
 
http://www.minnesotanationalguard.org/34id

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

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