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Gov. Pawlenty Authorizes National Guard to Assist with Firefighting Efforts in Northern Minnesota

ST PAUL " Governor Tim Pawlenty today issued an emergency executive order that authorizes the Minnesota National Guard to be available to assist in firefighting efforts in Northern Minnesota The following is the text of the Governor's official order: EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 07-05 PROVIDING FOR FIRE SUPPRESSION
DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES I, TIM PAWLENTY, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and applicable laws, do hereby issue this emergency executive order: WHEREAS, by April 29, 2007, the fire danger in the northern two-thirds of Minnesota had escalated to extreme; and WHEREAS, continued dry conditions and high winds have put much of Minnesota into a Red Flag warning category; and WHEREAS, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources ("DNR") and the Minnesota Interagency Fire Center ("MIFC") have requested the availability of additional resources for providing air wildfire suppression; and WHEREAS, the Minnesota DNR has requested that the Minnesota National Guard have equipment and personnel available on stand to assist as needed in fire suppression missions NOW, THEREFORE, I hereby order that: 1 The Adjutant General of Minnesota order to state active duty on or about April 29, 2007, in the service of the State, such personnel and equipment of the military forces of the State as required and for such period of time as necessary to assist and support air wildfire suppression in Northern Minnesota 2 The Adjutant General is authorized to purchase, lease or contract goods or services necessary to accomplish the mission 3 The cost of subsistence, transportation, fuel, pay and allowances of said individuals shall by defrayed from the general fund of the State, as provided for in Minnesota Statutes 2006, Sections 19249, 19252 and 19254 Pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 2006, Section 4035, Subdivision 2, this Order is effective immediately and shall remain in effect until such date as elements of the military forces of the State are no longer required IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have set my hand this 7th day of May

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Posted: 2017-12-13  10:11 AM
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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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Posted: 2017-12-08  12:08 PM
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