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Minnesota National Guard
Major General Robert L. Blevins

Major General Robert L Blevins enlisted in the United States Army on 12 November 1946 After serving on active duty during World War II and the Korean conflict, he was appointed as a second Lieutenant in the Minnesota Army National Guard on 6 December 1954

During his career, Major General Blevins served in various positions of great responsibility, to include Inspector General, Training Officer, Personnel Officer, and Chief of Staff of State Headquarters, Commander of 47th Infantry Division Support Command, Assistant Division Commander and Commander, 47th Infantry Division While serving in these assignments, Major General Blevins continually displayed exceptional leadership traits and managerial skills that effectively motivated his organizations to consistently exceed their established objectives


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Through his genuine concern for the welfare of his troops and the improved performance and readiness of the Division across four states, Major General Blevins contributed immensely to the recognition of the 47th Infantry Division as being one of the finest Army National Guard Divisions in the country Major General Blevins received numerous awards during his forty years of military service, to include the illustrious Army Distinguished Service Medal and the Minnesota State Distinguished Service Medal

Biographical Summary
Robert L Blevins
Major General
  1. Date: 12 January 1987
  2. Name: BLEVINS, Robert L
  3. Branch: General Officer of the Line
  4. Present Grade: MG/08
  5. Date of Federal Recognition, present grade: 8 October 1986
  6. Present duty assignment and date assigned:
    Division Commander, 47th Infantry Division, St Paul, MN 55101-2597,
    21 September 1986
  7. Primary Specialty skill identifier: 00B
  8. Duty Special skill identifier: 00B
  9. Total length of commissioned service: 34 years
  10. Marital status: Married, Virginia N Blevins, 8 children
  11. Place of birth: St Paul, Minnesota
  12. Date of birth: 21 October 1928
  13. Source of commission: Officer Candidate School
  14. Mandatory removal date in present grade: 21 October 1988
  15. Home address: Minneapolis, Minnesota
  16. Business address: Retired Federal Civil Service
  17. Civilian education: Bachelor of Arts, Management, 1976

Trying to Make a First Punch Count

March 13, 1988, New York Times

Robert L Blevins Obituary






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Red Bulls Kickoff Division Warfighter

Posted: 2018-06-13  01:38 PM
DIV WFX CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. - "A Warfighter is an exercise that allows the Division to evaluate their ability to maneuver assets in a battle," said Master Sgt. Greg Weaver, the Operations Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge for the Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion. "It is designed to focus on particular areas and specific objectives to be evaluated or tested."

The Division has geared its' planning and training efforts in preparation for Warfighter since July 2017. Coordinating transportation for Soldiers and equipment was often on the mind of Maj. David Johansson, the logistics officer for the 34th ID. With the coordination of Johansson and his team, troops and equipment all converged on Camp Atterbury, enlisting the help of 89 railcars, 280 tractor-trailers, and nearly 50 buses for the movement.

"I like to say my job is to 'quiet the noise'". Johansson continued, "The noise being a real life logistical problem that could impede the exercise."



Minnesota-based aviation unit takes part in Warfighter Exercise

Posted: 2018-06-08  11:59 AM
34ECAB WFX CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. - More than 150 Soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade are here participating in a multi-echelon training event, Warfighter Exercise 18-5, May 30 to June 15.

The exercise, which is part live and part virtual, is testing the St. Paul, Minnesota-based aviation unit's ability to conduct operations and mission command in a high-intensity, complex operating environment. Soldiers are being challenged to take decisive action as they focus on air-ground operations -- or synchronizing and integrating aviation operations into the scheme of maneuver planned and conducted by forces on the ground.

In this case, the units on the ground are being commanded by the Rosemount, Minnesota-based 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, which is also participating in the exercise.



148th Fighter Wing hosts STEM program for Duluth-area students

Posted: 2018-06-05  08:52 AM
Starbase Duluth DULUTH, Minn. - Dozens of community and industry leaders passionate about helping children become more engaged in science, technology, engineering and math gathered at the 148th Fighter Wing in Duluth, Minn., May 24, 2018, to see what STARBASE Minnesota Duluth is doing for young students in the area.

STARBASE is a Department of Defense youth program that engages students in STEM studies. The program began in 1991, and STARBASE Minnesota was founded in 1993 in St. Paul, which expanded to Duluth in July 2017.

Currently, the school program is open to fifth-grade students, said Charity S. Rupp, the director of STARBASE Minnesota Duluth. The summer camp will serve students in 4-6th grade. Eventually, she hopes the program will expand into STARBASE 2.0 to serve middle school students as an after school program during the academic school year.



Minnesota National Guard leaders visit traveling tribute in Austin

Posted: 2018-05-22  10:16 AM
Traveling Wall AUSTIN, Minn. - A replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was on display May 16-20, in Austin and leaders of the 347th Regional Support Group took the opportunity to visit during the event's closing ceremony.

The display, dubbed the American Veterans Traveling Tribute, was hosted by Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Austin and featured a near-replica of the memorial in Washington, D.C.

"It was an honor to be part of this humbling and moving tribute to our Vietnam veterans," said Col. Stephen Schemenauer. "The traveling Vietnam Wall is a powerful display, and this event provided an opportunity to meet, and thank, service members from WWII to present-day conflicts. Regardless of their branch of service, or the era or conflict in which they served, we all share a common bond."



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