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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

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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

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