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Red Bulls Visit Local Veterans Home for the Holidays
Soldiers of Company C, 1st Brigade Support Battalion, 34th Infantry Division, have a mission: build the morale of residents at the Minnesota Veterans Home Nov 16 they visited the home in Minneapolis, Minn, to decorate for the holiday season and participate in a community Bingo event
"Our unit is usually really good about jumping at any volunteer opportunities that are open within the Minneapolis-St Paul community," said Spc Amanda Ingvaldson, a combat medic with Co C "It's nice to get out and it's nice to help the veterans that served before we did"
We like to build relationships in the community and being here helps us reach our mission of engaging in community outreach, explained 1st Lt Lanette Vander Aarde, the officer in charge of the volunteer group
The day kicked off with a group of 20 Soldiers setting up five holiday displays throughout the home Each Soldier had different reasons for choosing to participate in the event
"I've worked in health-care for pretty much my entire adult life," said Spc Crystal Laird, a 10-year combat medic "I've worked in Alzheimer's assisted living facilities where there are a lot of veterans who are not able to make it into this home It always seemed like being able to share my experiences as a military member with them was something that is beneficial to both them and myself Being able to come here and decorate and spend time playing Bingo with them seemed like something that was just natural to work I'm already used to doing"
After decorating the home, Soldiers gathered with residents in the dining hall for a few rounds of Bingo and socializing Earl Christianson, a World War II Army veteran, appreciated the opportunity to chat with the Soldiers "It's fabulous that these young troops come so spend time with us," he said Christianson partnered with a Soldier to play Bingo and win money for his wife to purchase coffee when she visits
Nov 18, 2012
Story by Staff Sgt Danielle Eineke
34th Red Bull Infantry Division Public Affairs
Posted: 2017-04-19 02:15 PM CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - It was a challenging and rewarding two weeks for members attending the Army National Guard Funeral Honors Instructor Course, April 1-14, at Camp Ripley.
Soldiers of National Guard units from all over the United States took part in the course designed to educate team leaders in a variety of funeral honor detail tasks, traditions and responsibilities.
"It's a stressful course, but for our job, we have to be prepared to do our job under stress; and we all really benefitted from that," said Class Honor Grad, Sgt. Ryan Valline of the 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry.
Posted: 2017-04-18 01:42 PM ROSEMOUNT, Minn. - The Soldiers of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division had a unique opportunity to speak with one of the U.S. Army's five Muslim chaplains April 7-10, 2017. U.S. Army Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Khallid Shabazz, I Corps deputy command chaplain, travelled from Fort Lewis, Washington, to Minnesota to provide professional development for the division chaplain section.
"Soldiers perform at a higher level when they are spiritually fit," said Minnesota National Guard Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Buddy Winn, the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division command chaplain. "And, it's our job as chaplains to make sure Soldiers have their spiritual needs met, regardless of faith. Having Chaplain Shabazz here as a Muslim Chaplain provides the diversity in religious background that we can't provide internally."
There are five major religions supported by the chaplaincy: Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist, but over 200 religions are recognized. Chaplains can only perform services for their particular religion, but they can provide support for all Soldiers, regardless of their faith.
Posted: 2017-04-14 04:25 PM ST. PAUL, Minn. - For the third consecutive year, Minnesota service members were honored with on-court recognition and other VIP treatments as part of the Minnesota Timberwolves Heroes of the Pack Program.
"We are very appreciative for what the military does for us, and we wanted to give something back to honor the military," said Roger McCabe, who along with wife, Nancy, is a driving force behind the recognitions through the FastBreak Foundation and Roger & Nancy McCabe Foundation. "This is our way of doing it."
Having lived through the Vietnam War - and with Roger and Nancy both having parents who served - the two philanthropists decided a few years back to build upon existing recognition efforts already underway by the Timberwolves. And with that, recognitions that were typically happening at Target Center in November expanded to include Minnesota Service members from all branches at every home game - a total of 41 honorees per season.
"It was a lot of work and lessons learned, but it was awesome seeing the completed product," said Sgt. 1st Class Brian Reiten, readiness non-commissioned officer for C Co., 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry.