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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

Editors:
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
Rosemount, MN


For more information on the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division visit: http://www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org/34id  

For more information on the Minnesota National Guard visit: www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/MinnesotaNationalGuard

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs at mn.ng.web@mail.mil or call 651-282-4410

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