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Minnesota National Guards 34th Red Bull Infantry Division gains new commander Saturday

Minnesota National Guard FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Dec 5, 2013

ROSEMOUNT, Minn - The 34th Red Bull Infantry Division is scheduled to recognize a new, incoming division commander Saturday during a change of command ceremony at the Rosemount National Guard Armory "Brig Gen Neal Loidolt is a proven leader and I have confidence in his ability to command these great men and women of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division," said Army Maj. Gen. Richard C Nash, Minnesota National Guard's adjutant general

"The challenge to maintain the reputation of our division and charge to provide the highest level of soldier care across all of our formations is an order I welcome and am committed to seeing through without compromise," said Army Brig Gen Neal G Loidolt, 34th Red Bull Infantry Division commander

"Brig Gen Loidolt has been a member of the Minnesota National Guard since 1984 and later received his commission in 1987 through Saint Cloud State University's Reserve Officer Training Corps program," said Army Lt. Col. Kevin A Olson, Minnesota National Guard's Public Affairs Director "He has served in a multitude of senior staff positions and commanded troop units at the company, battalion, and brigade levels He deployed to Iraq in 2006 as the Iraq Reconstruction Management Office's Deputy Director of Operations and again in 2009 as the United States Division-South Chief of Staff"

Brig Gen Loidolt is taking over command from Maj. Gen. David Elicerio The change of command ceremony is a military tradition that represents a formal transfer of authority and responsibility for a unit from one commanding or flag officer to another The passing of colors from an outgoing commander to an incoming one ensures that the unit and its soldiers are never without official leadership, a continuation of trust, and signifies an allegiance of soldiers to their unit's commander

Members of the media are invited to attend the change of command ceremony Saturday, Dec 7 at 11 am at Rosemount National Guard Armory, 13865 South Robert Trail, Rosemount, Minn Members of the media are invited to arrive 30 minutes prior to the beginning of the ceremony RSVP to Lt. Col. Kevin Olson at kevin.a.olson4.mil@mail.mil

After the event, find public domain full resolution photos here: https://picasaweb.google.com/110946088701108995046/34thInfantryDivisionChangeOfCommand#

For more information on the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division visit: www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org/34id

For more information on the Minnesota National Guard visit: www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MinnesotaNationalGuard

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs at mn.ng.web@mail.mil or call 651-282-4410

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