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FARIBAULT, Minn - Soldiers of 34th Red Bull Infantry Division continued preparations for their upcoming Warfighter exercise during a command post exercise, March 1, 2014 Working with Joint Base Lewis-McChord-based Soldiers of First Army, the Red Bulls trained on important command and control battle drills and tested key communications equipment they will use this summer during the main exercise at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
"This was important for a number of reasons," said Army Maj Matthew Smith, the Joint Air Integration Cell Chief "To ensure we have good connectivity between the digital systems; this will make our setup and digital communication establishment at Warfighter that much faster That way we can concentrate on building our proficiency on those systems and it also gets everybody more aware of the battle drill process, what information they need and what to do with that information It just builds that proficiency so that we can get to the next step faster when we get on the ground for Warfighter"
The upcoming Warfighter exercise at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, will test the ability of the division and other units to perform effectively during a variety of simulated scenarios
"This exercise was an opportunity for the division to exercise battle drills, based on scenarios, to work out some of the inconsistencies or deficiencies that we don't want to face when we get down to the actual Warfighter exercise," Smith said
The Red Bulls were not alone in their preparation Soldiers of the Fort Lewis-based First Army were on hand as training mentors
"They were key in providing products and resources that we needed to help us establish our standard operating procedures much faster," said Smith "They were a key resource for us"
34th Red Bull Infantry Division Public Affairs
March 3, 2014
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.