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Beyond the Yellow Ribbon starts up

On a recent Tuesday, my wife and I attended a gathering for the organization Owatonna Yellow Ribbon City Their Web site, www.beyondtheyellowribbon.org, lays out their mission: To empower leadership, service members and families by providing relevant training, services, and resources throughout the deployment cycle This means helping to prepare the Soldier and his or her family pre-deployment, providing services while the Soldier is away, and offering classes to make re-integration as smooth as is possible

The meeting served as an introduction and brain storming session Success stories of how truly wonderful it is when the wife of a Soldier need not worry about shoveling the driveway or fixing the lawnmower were incredibly inspiring Making a difference is as easy as bringing over a pot of chili that can be frozen and later thawed out or taking care of the children for a few hours so that the spouse can have some peace The network also helps to facilitate discussions with schools and faith-based groups to provide a wide reaching support team

When speaking of those under his command, Admiral Chester Nimitz once said that uncommon valor was a common virtue The same can be said of the Minnesotans who founded and are growing Beyond the Yellow Ribbon As they sprout roots in Owatonna, we are called to make a difference I urge you to get involved This is an involved and caring community and there are a great deal of individuals and businesses that are being offered an amazing opportunity to serve those who serve our country Come share your ideas, your time, and your talents


Brandon Pofahl
Posted: Monday, April 12, 2010 11:33 pm
Owatonna
Article source: http://www.owatonna.com/news.php?viewStory=116096



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Posted: 2018-01-18  12:59 PM
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Iowa Red Bull takes command of 34th Infantry Division

Posted: 2017-12-13  10:11 AM
Minnesota National Guard JOHNSTON, Iowa - Brig. Gen. Benjamin J. Corell, Deputy Adjutant General of the Iowa National Guard, assumed command of the 34th Infantry Division "Red Bulls" during a ceremony in Rosemount, Minnesota, on December 9, 2017.

Headquartered in Minnesota, the division has been commanded almost-exclusively by members of the Minnesota National Guard since 1968.

"Typically there's been very few people who have been allowed to command the 34th Infantry Division that didn't come from the state of Minnesota," Corell said.



Minnesota-based aviation unit honors storied division, enters into new, 'expeditionary' era

Posted: 2017-12-12  11:29 AM
Minnesota National Guard ST. PAUL, Minn. - Soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade (ECAB), who recently celebrated a year full of achievements, have embraced a new name: Red Devils.

The St. Paul-based unit hosted its annual aviation brigade ball Dec. 9, at the Envision Event Center in Oakdale, Minnesota, where the unit's new logo was unveiled.

Soldiers of the 34th ECAB, which falls under and supports the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, will continue to wear the Red Bull insignia on their uniforms. However, they will now be known and referred to as the Red Devils, a name that pays homage to the division's historical accomplishments and fierce warfighting.



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Posted: 2017-12-08  12:08 PM
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