/*********************************************** * 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 ***********************************************/
History
Minnesota National Guard
Minnesota National Guard Mobilizing in support of Operation New Dawn

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

23 Jan, 2011
Minnesota National Guard Mobilizing in support of Operation New Dawn

~ 2,400 troops to Deploy in May 2011~

The Minnesota Army National Guard's Bloomington-based 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, has notified 2,400 Soldiers that they will mobilize for a one year deployment in support of Operation New Dawn on May 22, 2011 Operation New Dawn is the name of the US drawdown phase of Operation Iraqi Freedom

Colonel Eric Kerska, commander of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division will make the formal announcement at 11:00am at the St Paul River Center during the unit's Family Prep Academy, a program designed to empower and resource Service members, their spouses, parents, significant others and children to address the effects of combat operational stress and general issues prior to deploying

This is the second largest deployment of Minnesota Soldiers since World War II

"Soldiers of the 1st Brigade Combat Team have demonstrated that they are a confidant capable and ready force I am honored that our Minnesota Soldiers have been asked to take part in this historic mission," said Major General Richard Nash, Adjutant General of Minnesota

The 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division consists of 29 units from 27 Minnesota communities

These Minnesota Soldiers will play an important role in the final drawdown of US forces from Iraq 1st Brigade Soldiers, stationed in Kuwait, will provide base defense in Kuwait and perform route security operations in support of US Forces throughout Iraq

The following units will deploy with the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division:

- the 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry , based in Mankato;
- the 1st Regiment, 194th Armor, based in Brainerd;
- the 1st Squadron, 94th Cavalry, based in Duluth;
- the 1st Battalion, 125th Field Artillery, based in New Ulm;
- the 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion based in Bloomington;
- and the 134th Brigade Support Battalion based at Camp Ripley


EDITORS: THE MEDIA IS INVITED TO ATTEND A PRESS CONFERENCE Sunday at 11:00 am, 23 Jan, 2011 at the St Paul River Center, 175 Kellogg Blvd W St Paul, MN 55102 The press conference will be held on the second floor in meeting room 2 The 1st Brigade Commander, Colonel Eric Kerska, will formally announce the deployment and will answer questions on the 1st Brigade Combat Team Deploying Soldiers and family members will be available for interviews after the press conference

For more information on the Minnesota National Guard visit www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
paulrickert@us.army.mil or call 612-239-0891

**Follow the Minnesota National Guard on Twitter, Facebook and Youtube**

http://twitter.com/MNNationalGuard
http://www.facebook.com/MinnesotaNationalGuard
http://www.youtube.com/user/MNNationalGuard

-30-

Additional Resources

1BCT Deployment Info.pptx

Media Advisories
1st Battalion, 125th Field Artillery Soldiers announce Departure Ceremony
31 March, 2011

Minnesota National Guard Alerted for Deployment
20 May, 2010

The Red Bull Express

1st Brigade Combat Team Social Media
http://www.facebook.com/minnesotaredbulls
http://www.youtube.com/MinnesotaRedBulls
http://www.twitter.com/MnRedBulls
http://www.flickr.com/photos/minnesotaredbulls





Articles archive

In The News archive

Media Advisory archive

Latest News

Securing the Bold North: Minnesota National Guard supports Super Bowl LII

Posted: 2018-02-02  10:45 PM
Super Bowl 52 MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - More than 400 Minnesota National Guardsmen are supporting security efforts in Minneapolis ahead of Super Bowl 52.

"This is what we do," said Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen, Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard. "When the local community can't meet the public safety needs, they come to the Guard. We're their normal partner, we're a natural partner, and we're their preferred partner when it comes to filling in the gaps that they can't fill."

At the request of the city, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton authorized the Minnesota National Guard to provide support to security efforts leading up to and during Super Bowl 52. The Guardsmen are providing direct support to and working alongside law enforcement officers from across the state. Like their civilian law enforcement partners, Minnesota Guardsmen are focused on ensuring a safe experience for the residents and visitors who are attending the Super Bowl festivities.



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.



Article archive
 
top