/*********************************************** * Chrome CSS Drop Down Menu- (c) Dynamic Drive DHTML code library (www.dynamicdrive.com) * This notice MUST stay intact for legal use * Visit Dynamic Drive at http://www.dynamicdrive.com/ for full source code ***********************************************/
Minnesota National Guard
Guard on patrol after deadly tornados

Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty has mobilized 118 Soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard to assist local law enforcement after 39 tornados ripped through the state today

Forty-three Soldiers from the Wadena-based D Co, 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry and 75 Soldiers from the Albert Lea-based D Co, 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry are mobilized in support of Wadena, Freeborn and Steele County authorities, providing security patrols and operating traffic checkpoints

Download photos
"Right now in Freeborn County we have 10 checkpoints setup in strategic locations" said Lt Scott Shatec of D Co, 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry

Our job is to turn away people that aren't supposed to be in the area affected by the tornadoes, said Shatec Checkpoints throughout the area have seen an influx of onlookers who could impair recovery efforts

The most important part is to help insure that people are not in areas that are not yet safe  There are downed power lines and the potential for gas leaks  It is important that people don't lose their lives by trying to get things that can be replaced  In a short time engineers and other utility workers will have had a chance to get to the area to ensure that they are safe for people to enter to retrieve necessary items

Some residents are already able to start sifting through the remnants of their homes as an army of utility workers are working quickly to restore power

National Guard Armories in Wadena and Albert Lea have been opened for stranded travelers and local citizens in need

It's been a busy couple of days for Sgt. 1st Class Jeffrey Dahlen, of Freeborn, Minn, who has been at the Albert Lea armory for the last two days

"It was a normal day here at the armory We were doing our annual Red Cross blood drive and the participation started to drop off" said Dahlen "After the sixth or seventh tornado alarm, my phone began to ring off the hook"

In addition to the Red Cross staff, at least ten people sought refuge in the armory

Three Minnesotans died and at least 20 were injured during a series of tornado activity that Governor Pawlenty predicted to be "close to 40 touchdowns all over Minnesota"

By Staff Sgt Ben Houtkooper
Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs
18 June, 2010

Articles archive

In The News archive

Media Advisory archive

Latest News

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.

Minnesota Nice Extends to Puerto Rico

Posted: 2017-12-08  12:08 PM
Minnesota National Guard CAMP SANTIAGO, Puerto Rico - It has been more than two months since Hurricane Maria stuck Puerto Rico, leaving a trail of disaster behind it. The island was in dire need of some extra help. More than 230 Air National Guardsmen from 29 states have been deployed to the island and are helping in any way they can.

Eleven of those Airmen are from the Minnesota National Guard's 148th Fighter Wing out of Duluth, Minn. and the 133rd Airlift Wing out of St. Paul, Minn., are no exception in their desire to lend a helping hand. They have been at Camp Santiago, Puerto Rico, since before Thanksgiving and will leave around mid-December. Their mission is to feed military and civilian hurricane relief workers, giving them the much-needed fuel to complete their mission throughout the day.

Governor Mark Dayton installs new Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General

Posted: 2017-11-04  04:16 PM
TAG installation ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton administered the oath of office to Maj. Gen. Jon A. Jensen, installing him as the Minnesota National Guard's 31st Adjutant General during a ceremony in St. Paul, November 4, 2017.

"General Jensen has been a tremendous leader of the Minnesota National Guard throughout his years of dedicated service," said Governor Dayton. "He has served in two top leadership positions, as the Commanding General of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, and also as the Chief of Staff at the Guard's Joint Force Headquarters. I am confident that he will continue to provide the same outstanding leadership as his predecessor, General Rick Nash."

Jensen most recently served as the Commanding General of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division. He previously held positions as Deputy Commanding General, United States Army Africa and Southern European Task Force, Minnesota National Guard Director of the Joint Staff and Minnesota National Guard Assistant Adjutant General - Army.

Article archive