/*********************************************** * Chrome CSS Drop Down Menu- (c) Dynamic Drive DHTML code library (www.dynamicdrive.com) * This notice MUST stay intact for legal use * Visit Dynamic Drive at http://www.dynamicdrive.com/ for full source code ***********************************************/
History
Minnesota National Guard
National Guard Soldier observes Ramadan during Annual Training

Minnesota National Guard Hugging, kissing and praying for each other are common sights on the morning of Eid ul-Fitr, the holiday that ends Ramadan's approximately 30 days of fasting for the Islamic religion The festive mood is in the air along with the smell of freshly cooked traditional food, such as the large amounts of rice, lamb and goat, said Army National Guard Sgt Alkali Yaffa, the administrative Non-Commissioned Officer of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division headquarters

Aug 8, marks the end of Ramadan this year For Yaffa these tender moments are the most memorable experiences of Eid ul-Fitr

For Yaffa, Ramadan is more than a time of fasting from eating, drinking, smoking and sexual relations; it's a spiritual time for him to reconnect with his religion To him, it's a time to reflect his blessing such as, food, shelter and a healthy family

"It not only makes me a better Soldier, but a better human being," said Yaffa "I've become a more modest man as I have come to realize the bigger picture"

Fasting from sunrise to sunset is no easy task Being an avid coffee drinker, Yaffa will experience a headache for three to four hours because he has not had his morning cup of joe

Charity is also an important element of Eid ul-Fitr It is a common practice to donate an average of ten dollars per family member to a worthy cause Yaffa donates to his mosque where his money goes toward out-reach and after school programs

Yaffa has taken the initiative to improve his personal wellness through his reflections and five daily prayers His unit commander and chaplain have reached out to him with modifications that have made celebrating Ramadan easier for him Prayer time has been made readily available as well as days of leave to celebrate Eid ul-Fitr

"I want to extend my sincere appreciation to my command for the support they have given me during Ramadan," said Yaffa "My brigade chaplain and unit commander have made accommodations since the beginning and even through a deployment to Iraq"

Other Soldiers from his unit often ask, "How do you do it Sgt Yaffa?" His response is, "It all depends on how much you believe in something, religious or not, if you believe in it you can do it"

Yaffa is a Soldier who has been able to thrive in becoming a living example of a resilient, dedicated Muslim, husband, father and Soldier with the support of a wonderful group of family, friends and fellow Minnesota National Guard Service members

Aug 8, 2013
By Pfc William J Boecker
1st Armored Brigade Combat Team of the 34th Infantry Division



Download photos





Articles archive

In The News archive

Media Advisory archive

Latest News

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.



Article archive
 
top