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Many Minn. Soldiers Overseas Moved to Join Military After 9/11 (video)

In Baghdad and at US bases across Iraq and Kuwait, troops paused Sunday to mark the 9/11 anniversary including the Minnesota Red Bulls

At Camp Adder, Iraq, the National Guard stopped to remember the 6,200 American soldiers who have died since 9/11

One soldier at that ceremony, Private Nathan Jarl from Brooklyn Park, was just 9-years-old at the time of the attacks He was in the 3rd grade Now he's serving in Iraq

For some other Minnesotans stationed in Iraq, 9/11 did not just stun them; it moved them to action

Newly married, West St Paul native Corbin Dantzscher is on his third deployment Johnny Wadsworth of Eagan daydreamed of being a hero in school After the attacks, he talked to a military recruiter He was 16 at the time

Gordy Giswold and his wife quit their well-paying corporate jobs in Milwaukee so the Air Force veteran could move to Cold Spring and join the guard He's now in for life

Fellow Captain Matt Bruns joined ROTC a week after 9/11 In 2004, his wife, Amanda, told him they were pregnant Two days later, he got orders to deploy The Lakeville couple now has three kids

Now, 10 years after the attacks, those Minnesotans still in the fight in Iraq and Kuwait say their determination burns no less bright a decade later

Created: 09/11/2011 10:23 PM KSTPcom
By: Michelle Knoll

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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.

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Posted: 2017-12-12  11:29 AM
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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.

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