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Beyond The Yellow Ribbon Program Grows in the Community

Minnesota National Guard CAMP RIPLEY, Minn - A recent ceremony for the Beyond The Yellow Ribbon Program united area communities creating a comprehensive network connecting and coordinating resources such as employment, healthcare and community involvement for the purpose of proactively supporting Service members and military families

"With more than 200 networks across Minnesota the program provides invaluable service to our job-seeking veterans and their participation in our communities," said Brig Gen Neal Loidolt, Director of the Joint Staff of the Minnesota National Guard

Since 2008 Minnesota's Beyond The Yellow Ribbon program has supported thousands of Minnesotans who served or were affected during various deployments The representatives of Crow Wing County, Morrison County, the City of Buffalo, the City of Monticello, Hiway Federal Credit Union, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, were recognized by Lt Gov Yvonne Prettner-Solon and presented with a formal proclamation as a part of the Beyond The Yellow Ribbon Network at Camp Ripley, June 19, 2013

On behalf of the more than 26,000 local area veterans, Col Scott St Sauver, Camp Ripley Commander, expressed his appreciation for the Yellow Ribbon programs and how they benefit not only communities, but also the thousands of Service members who train on Camp Ripley every day

"I thank you, the full time employees' thank you, and the over 3,000 Soldiers training down range thank you for your support and dedication," said Col Scott St Sauver

June 19, 2013
by Staff Sgt Anthony Housey
Camp Ripley Public Affairs



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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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