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Minnesota National Guard
The Minnesota National Guard celebrates
Hispanic American Heritage


The Minnesota National Guard recognizes Hispanic American Heritage month from September 15 to October 15 in celebrations of the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively Also, Columbus Day or Dia de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period

Whatever their individual backgrounds before they came to serve their country, Hispanics have donned the uniforms of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines Hispanics have been at the forefront of US wars from the very beginning though their numbers in the military have fluctuated Although statistics on Hispanics in the military were not kept until the 1970s, estimates are that 23 percent to 47 percent of Hispanics served during World War II Hispanic Americans have always comported themselves well in the US military - from its earliest beginnings to the present-day conflicts in Iraq and in Afghanistan Hispanic military veterans constitute the ethnic group that has received the most US Medals of Honor - the nation's highest award for valor on the fields of battle

And so, the Minnesota National Guard celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month to recognize the contributions of Hispanic Americans which have made this country the great nation it is today
From Mexico to Minnesota, Guardsman finds a new home
03/04/2014

Minnesota Guardsman takes pride in her cultural heritage
02/19/2014

The American Dream: Making Each Generation Better For The Next
01/29/2014

Minnesota National Guard honored for Hispanic outreach efforts
05/09/2013

Serving Her Community And Country
09/12/2012

WWII Red Bulls share their stories
09/12/2010



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Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanics in Service

Hispanic Americans in the U.S. Army



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Securing the Bold North: Minnesota National Guard supports Super Bowl LII

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.



100 Years Ago, Camp Cody's "Grand Old Man" formed 34th Infantry Division

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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