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Tribute to the Troops raises thousands for Gold Star Families

CAMP RIPLEY, Minn ­– For the ninth straight year Tribute to the Troops brought motorcyclists from across the Midwest to Camp Ripley Sep 9, 2012 for the annual Gold Star Families event

The thunder of the over 150 motorcycles could be heard through much of the Camp Ripley cantonment area as the bikes cruised through the gates and rounded the corner heading to the Camp Ripley Training and Community Center


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Soldiers of the 34th Military Police Company met the group and shook hands with the riders as they filed into the drill floor to have lunch and recognize the family of Spc George Cauley

Spc Cauley of Walker, Minn, died October 10, 2009 at Bagram, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained from an Improvised Explosive Device attack on October 7, 2009 

Following lunch the group was treated to the musical entertainment of Rockie Lynne  Lynne is the co-founder of the Tribute to the Troops motorcycle ride  He is also a nationally known country music recording artist 

He began his performance with giving a plaque recognizing Spc Cauley’s outstanding service to his parents Lynne who served in the US Army with the 82nd Airborne, Fort Bragg, NC ties many of his songs to his experience in the military

“It’s an honor to be here today at Camp Ripley amongst the Soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard,” said Lynne  “We do this ride every year to honor the families of the fallen heroes and show our endless gratitude for their sacrifices”

Since 2004 the Tribute to the Troops organization has raised thousands of dollars through similar events The money that is raised goes to help the families of Service members killed in combat

By 1st Lt Blake E St Sauver 
Camp Ripley Public Affairs Officer
Sep 9, 2012




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Posted: 2018-02-02  10:45 PM
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"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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