| 34th DISCOM deactivated and 347th Support Group activated
ROSEVILLE, Mn.- The end of one era marked the beginning of another era when a dual ceremony deactivating the 34th DISCOM was combined with an activation ceremony for the 347th Support Group Dec. 2 at the Roseville Training and Community Center.
Maj. Gen. Rick Erlandson, 34th Infantry Division Commander, charged the 347th Support Group to continue the rich lineage of the 34th DISCOM.
"This is a time for reflection for the accomplishments of the 34th DISCOM and also a time of celebration for a newly formed organization, the 347th Support Group," Erlandson told an audience of several hundred.
Erlandson said that while change is challenging, the Minnesota Guard can be proud that the 34th Infantry Division and its supporting units have been the first to transform under the Army transformation plan for National Guard units.
The 34th DISCOM was organized on Feb. 22, 1959. It was reorganized and redesignated several times over its history and has had numerous subordinate units that have been part of the command structure.
During the ceremony, the 34th DISCOM flag was sheathed by outgoing Col. Charles Parins and outgoing Command Sgt. Maj. John McNamara while the new flag of the 347th Support Group was unfurled by incoming commander Col. Shawn Kempenich and incoming Command Sgt. Maj. John Sands.
"My vision for the Support Group is that we are a highly disciplined, standards-based, physically fit, combat-focused team ready to conduct combat operations and Joint Force Headquarters Force Protection," Sand said.
"I will lead by example in all these areas. I demand leaders at all levels do the same," Sands added.
During the ceremony, red roses were presented to Mrs. Peggy Parins and Mrs. Sue McNamara while yellow roses were presented to Mrs. Joan Kempenich and Mrs. Tammy Sand.
By Master Sgt. Edwin Holt, Minnesota National Guard
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Jul. 20, 2015
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