/*********************************************** * 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
Special Troops Battalion Change of Command

Command Sgt Maj Doug Wortham passed the 34th Division Special Troops Battalion colors to Lt. Col. Steven Hanson for the last time during a ceremony at the Inver Grove Heights Armory Aug 28th. The event marked the end of an era with the deactivation of the Division Special Troops Battalion (DSTB) and activation ceremony for the Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion (DHHB)

Download photos
Command of the Division Special Troops Battalion was relinquished by Hanson with the casing of the DTSB colors. Command of the Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion were then assumed by Lt. Col. Matthew Vatter with the uncasing of the DHHB colors.

Hanson commanded the DSTB during the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division deployment to Basrah, Iraq in 2009  While serving as Mayor of Contingency Operating Base (COB) Basra, home to more than 9,000 personnel, Hanson's team made more than $42 million in improvements to the base

"Lt. Col. Hanson's performance while serving in the hardest Lt. Col. job in the division was outstanding," said Maj Gen Richard Nash, 34th Red Bull Infantry Division Commander  "He took a very austere and challenging location and turned it into the premier COB in the Southern Provinces that I had responsibility for"

In passing the command of the battalion, Hanson wished Vatter the best of luck as he goes forward with the DHHB "I am proud of the Soldiers of the battalion, especially during the deployment to Iraq," Hanson remarked during the ceremony

As the DSTB colors departed the drill floor, the DHHB colors were handed to Command Sgt Maj Wortham, the battalion Command Sgt Maj, who passed them to Maj. Gen. Nash 

The division commander handed the colors to Vatter as part of the ceremony to give him command of the DHHB  Vatter and Wortham uncased the battalion colors, thus commissioning the Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion

"Lt. Col. Vatter is highly respected throughout the division," said Maj. Gen. Nash  "He has earned the right to command the battalion"

Hanson said Vatter will take charge of a highly successful group of Soldiers  "They are capable of achieving miracles," he said

Story and photos by Master Sgt Rich Kemp
34th Red Bull Infantry Division Public Affairs
28 Aug 2010

Articles archive

In The News archive

Media Advisory archive

Latest News

100 Years Ago, Camp Cody's "Grand Old Man" formed 34th Infantry Division

Posted: 2018-01-18  12:59 PM
Gen. Augustus Blocksom Decorated veteran Augustus Blocksom was a man of his time, but times were changing. He exemplified Progressive Era America prior to the Great War. Blocksom participated in all the major US Army campaigns for nearly a half-century. He fought American Indians, Spaniards, Chinese and Filipinos. He brought that experience to Camp Cody, New Mexico where he assembled units from across the mid-West to form the 34th Infantry Division in 1917.

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.

Article archive