| 34th Red Bull Infantry Division conducts Change of Command Ceremony
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 30, 2010
~ 34th Red Bull Infantry Division Conducts Change of Command Ceremony ~
Brig Gen David J Elicerio becomes the new 34th Red Bull Infantry Division Commander on October 2, 2010, at a 2 pm ceremony at the Rosemount National Guard Armory Elicerio will assume his duties from Maj Gen Richard Nash
Residing in Ham Lake, Elicerio has been a member of the Minnesota National Guard since 1980 He received his commission in 1980 through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at the University of Minnesota Elicerio has served in a multitude of senior staff positions and commanded troop units at the company, battalion, and brigade levels He served as the Chief of Joint Military Affairs during the Minnesota National Guard’s peace keeping mission to Bosnia in 2003 In 2005, he commanded the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 34th Infantry Division This unit was instrumental during the troop surge and served a total of 16 months in Iraq after being extended They are recognized as being the longest deployed brigade combat team Most recently, Elicerio served as the Deputy Commander for the 34th Infantry Division and completed his second tour to Iraq
"This Division has served us all well and is a critical component to our history and our future I am fully committed to my best effort and challenge each of you to commit to the same as we move through this transition" stated Elicerio
Formed in 1917, the Rosemount-based 34th Red Bull Infantry Division oversees the training and operations of eight National Guard brigades in six different states The 34th Infantry Division fought in World War II and was part of six major Army campaigns in North Africa and Italy, amassing 517 days of front line combat, more than any other US Army division
In 2009, the division headquarters deployed to Basra, Iraq The Red Bulls commanded US military forces throughout nine of Iraq’s 18 provinces This was the first time since World War II that the division had established its headquarters in a combat zone The division completed three major objectives during their deployment: ensuring Iraqi Security Forces could protect their population and borders in southern Iraq; the development of civil capacity and economic well-being; and they set the conditions for a responsible drawdown of US forces in southern Iraq
“I have great confidence in your ability to command these great men and women Your leadership in Iraq was vital to our success, and this assignment is truly well-deserved" stated Nash
MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA ARE INVITED to attend the change of command ceremony
2:00 pm Saturday, October 2
Rosemount National Guard Armory
13865 South Robert Trail
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