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Area Red Bulls come home

By: Carol Schreiber, staff writer
May 10, 2012

Welcome home ceremonies were held on Sunday in Luverne and in Jackson for the soldiers of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Red Bull Infantry Division

oldiers from the 1st Brigade  combat Team   Fulda Free Press Kathy Burzlaff
Fulda Free Press Kathy Burzlaff
Soldiers from the 1st Brigade Combat Team



Fire trucks from Luverne and Pipestone escorted three motor coaches into Luverne for the welcome home Sunday afternoon Family members, friends and others gathered to welcome these soldiers home

This is the eleventh, and final, wave of 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, soldiers to return to the state after being deployed to Afghanistan and Kuwait during the last year While there, they were involved with providing base defense at Kuwait Naval Base, guarding the grounds and performing everyday routines

And while they were away, children were born to many these soldiers, and family reunions were enjoyed on Sunday

The soldiers left Minnesota in late May of 2011, and are happy to be back home with their families

In a brief ceremony near the Luverne Armory, Terrie Gulden of Rock County Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2757 welcomed the troops home "On behalf of the Rock County VFW Post 2757, I want to thank you for your unselfish service We are proud of you and your accomplishments on this mission"

Nearly 3,000 Minnesota National Guard soldiers were involved in the recent deployments, and have now returned home

"This brigade has the distinction as being the largest deployment of the Minnesota National Guard since World War II and for supporting the final phase of the Iraq War during Operation New Dawn," said Army Lt Col Kevin A Olson, Minnesota National Guard Director of Public Affairs
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