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1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division Alerted

At the direction of the Department of Defense, the 1st Brigade Combat Team has been ordered to place Soldiers on alert for a possible one year mobilization that would begin in the summer of 2011  

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1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry "Red Bull" Division has the distinction of being the first Brigade Combat Team deployed to a combat zone using the modern Army modular system In 2005 the 1st Brigade Combat Team deployed with 4000 Citizen-Soldiers from several states, 2,600 from Minnesota, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom The Soldiers' tour was extended in support of the successful "Troop Surge," and they ultimately returned in August 2007, earning the distinction of serving the longest combat tour of any military unit in Iraq

THE MEDIA IS INVITED TO ATTEND A PRESS CONFERENCE today at 3:00 pm in Rochester, Minn   The 1st Brigade Commander, Colonel Eric Kerska, will formally announce the alert and will answer questions on the 1st Brigade Combat Team 


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Colonel Eric Kerska is a battalion chief in the Rochester Fire Department in his civilian job  The press conference will take place immediately after a fire department training exercise at the Rochester Fire Department Training Burn Site, 4805 Highway 63 North, Rochester MN

Maj Paul Rickert
Public Affairs Officer
1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division

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Posted: 2017-12-13  10:11 AM
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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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