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DET 39 Soldiers' return warms families after long winter, separation

Minnesota National Guard ST PAUL, Minn- Nine Soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard's Detachment 39, Operational Support Airlift returned home March 28, after a nine-month deployment to Kuwait While overseas, the pilots and aviation operation specialists directly supported US and coalition forces throughout Southwest Asia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom

During their tour in Kuwait, the unit conducted aerial transportation and support for US Central Command flying missions to Afghanistan, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Uzbekistan

"It was a continuous learning experience and as a unit we did outstanding We had a relatively junior crew, myself included, but were well-trained by our experienced members and ready to take on any challenges that came up throughout the deployment," said Detachment 39 Pilot, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Pat Swenson

The nine Soldiers from around the state came together to execute a high-tempo operation through a variety of inclement weather conditions and regional restrictions With only three Beechcraft King Air 200 "C-12 Hurons," this small, but very dedicated unit flew 424 missions, logged 1,844 hours of flight, hauled more than 1,600 passengers and 79,000 pounds of cargo

"Once again, this unit enhanced our reputation of dependability with our nation's military leadership We earned great admiration for our hard work and performance while deployed from the many units we supported within United States Central Command and coalition partners," said Detachment 39 Commander, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Brad Husnik

April 5, 2014
by Tech Sgt Paul Santikko
Minnesota National Guard 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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