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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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Posted: 2018-02-02  10:45 PM
Super Bowl 52 MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - More than 400 Minnesota National Guardsmen are supporting security efforts in Minneapolis ahead of Super Bowl 52.

"This is what we do," said Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen, Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard. "When the local community can't meet the public safety needs, they come to the Guard. We're their normal partner, we're a natural partner, and we're their preferred partner when it comes to filling in the gaps that they can't fill."

At the request of the city, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton authorized the Minnesota National Guard to provide support to security efforts leading up to and during Super Bowl 52. The Guardsmen are providing direct support to and working alongside law enforcement officers from across the state. Like their civilian law enforcement partners, Minnesota Guardsmen are focused on ensuring a safe experience for the residents and visitors who are attending the Super Bowl festivities.



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Posted: 2018-01-18  12:59 PM
Gen. Augustus Blocksom Decorated veteran Augustus Blocksom was a man of his time, but times were changing. He exemplified Progressive Era America prior to the Great War. Blocksom participated in all the major US Army campaigns for nearly a half-century. He fought American Indians, Spaniards, Chinese and Filipinos. He brought that experience to Camp Cody, New Mexico where he assembled units from across the mid-West to form the 34th Infantry Division in 1917.



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.



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