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Minnesota National Guard
Citizen Soldier: Training for Combat (video)

(ABC 6 NEWS) --  The Minnesota Red Bulls are a versatile, high quality and well trained force
The 34th infantry is training right now, but will leave soon for deployment overseas, on a mission that will last a year

The men that are part of the 34th Infantry are husbands, brothers and sons  When they are training at Camp Ripley, however, they are all Soldiers  Camp Ripley is located ten minutes north of Little Falls, in west central Minnesota

I visited with Soldiers with the 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry  That includes Soldiers from Albert Lea, Austin and Rochester, among other cities  The D Company 2-135th Infantry is based out of Albert Lea  It is also made up of Soldiers from the 1-135th Support Company from Austin

22 year old Specialist Trevor Kolb is one of the men that is currently with the 2-135th  He is a 2007 graduate of Austin High School in Austin, Minnesota

Back home, Spc Kolb is a cook at Piggy Blues BBQ in downtown Austin  When Spc Kolb is at training, his life is very different  During his most recent training mission at Camp Ripley, he fires weapons and protects machine gun ammunition

Sergeant Dan Springborg is among the oldest in the unit  He enlisted in with the Minnesota Army National Guard one day before he turned 40 years old  He is now 45

At home, Sgt Springborg works at the Freeborn County Jail in Albert Lea, Minnesota

He says that job is 99% boredom with 1% excitement  He thrives on the activity the guard offers  During training, he tells ABC 6 News that he loves getting in the field and working on training exercises

Click on the video on the upper right side of the page to watch ABC 6 News anchor Melanie Bloom go inside Camp Ripley during the first part of a special series: Citizen Soldier

Posted at: 05/23/2011 11:13 PM
By: Melanie Bloom

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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.

Governor Mark Dayton installs new Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General

Posted: 2017-11-04  04:16 PM
TAG installation ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton administered the oath of office to Maj. Gen. Jon A. Jensen, installing him as the Minnesota National Guard's 31st Adjutant General during a ceremony in St. Paul, November 4, 2017.

"General Jensen has been a tremendous leader of the Minnesota National Guard throughout his years of dedicated service," said Governor Dayton. "He has served in two top leadership positions, as the Commanding General of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, and also as the Chief of Staff at the Guard's Joint Force Headquarters. I am confident that he will continue to provide the same outstanding leadership as his predecessor, General Rick Nash."

Jensen most recently served as the Commanding General of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division. He previously held positions as Deputy Commanding General, United States Army Africa and Southern European Task Force, Minnesota National Guard Director of the Joint Staff and Minnesota National Guard Assistant Adjutant General - Army.

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