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Minnesota National Guard
34th Red Bull Infantry Division


Bataan March

Soldiers of B Company, 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry Regiment, fire day- and night-weapons qualification on the M2 .50 caliber machine gun at Camp Ripley Training Center on June 18, 2016. (Minnesota National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Anthony Housey)
Unit Information

The Rosemount-based 34th Red Bull Infantry Division provides command and control for 23,000 Citizen-Soldiers in eight different states. In Minnesota the 34th ID includes the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Combat Aviation Brigade, 84th Troop Command and the 347th Regional Support Group. Known as the Red Bulls, the 34th Infantry Division is capable of deploying its Main Command Post, Tactical Command Post, and Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion to provide command and control for Army brigades.

Outside Minnesota, the 34th Infantry Division provides training and operational guidance to the 1-112th Security & Support Battalion, ND National Guard; 1-183rd Aviation Battalion, Idaho National Guard; 1-189th Aviation Battalion, Mont. National Guard; 115th Fires Brigade, Wyo. National Guard; 116th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, Idaho National Guard; 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, ND National Guard; 157th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, Wis. National Guard; 196th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, SD National Guard; 2nd Brigade Combat Team, Iowa National Guard; and the 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Wis. National Guard.

The division also has an association with the 38th Canadian Brigade Group of the Canadian Army's Land Force Western Area.

(Unit info. as of 26 Jan., 2016)

2016 Accomplishments


In 2016 the 34th ID once again successfully completed a series of joint and multinational exercises. By steadily ramping up involvement and expertise in these exercises during the past several years, the Red Bulls have become globally recognized and proficient in maintaining a sustained readiness model that allows them to deploy in support of operations around the world quickly and effectively. The sustained model the 34th ID is helping define is in direct support of the Department of Defense's Total Force Policy, a principle that recognizes that global challenges are greater than what one component of the Armed Forces can meet alone.

One such exercise the division participated in was Saber Strike, which took place throughout Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The long-standing, U.S. Army Europe-led exercise is designed to improve joint interoperability by partnering with allied forces to conduct live-fire, command post and cyber warfare training, to include the integration of U.S. close-air support with multinational ground forces.

Leading up to the exercise, Soldiers of C Company, Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, joined the 2nd Cavalry Regiment as it demonstrated U.S. land forces' dynamic presence throughout the region by exhibiting freedom of movement during a 2,200-kilometer tactical road march, called Dragoon Ride II, from Germany to Estonia.

By participating in Saber Strike and other large-scale, annual exercises such as Yama Sakura and Talisman Saber, the Red Bulls continue to sharpen their technical skills and leadership abilities. Moreover, the division strengthens its relationship with U.S. allies to enhance international security and broadens the capacity of the Minnesota National Guard to assist in future coalition operations.

Additionally, the 34th ID provided command support for the successful execution of the 1/34th ABCT's training event at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California. The opportunity to undergo the rigorous training at NTC is limited to only one National Guard brigade per year. The division commander defined the training objectives to ensure the best training for the brigade, resulting in the 1/34th ABCT being unequivocally ready to deploy and engage in decisive action.

2017 Objectives

While building on a cooperative relationship and becoming instrumental in I Corps' success in exercises such as Yama Sakura, the division was requested by U.S. Army Europe to join I Corps on another large-scale event dubbed Austere Challenge, which the 34th ID has not participated in since 2011. During Austere Challenge, which will take place in Germany, major commands will establish a Joint Land Force and exercise Unified Land Operations in a contested and degraded environment.

Also of great importance in 2017 will be the successful completion of the Talisman Saber exercise - an event that ultimately validates the corps-level command in terms of being a combined-forces land component headquarters. Talisman Saber will be the division staff's largest exercise this year and will lay the foundation for a future Warfighter exercise, which is an essential training event that ensures the division's ability to provide command and control of units conducting combat operations.

The Red Bull Insignia

The symbol of the 34th Infantry Division features a steer skull imposed on the shape of an olla, a Mexican cooking pot. The insignia is a nod to the harsh training conditions at Camp Cody, New Mexico in 1917 while the Red Bulls were preparing to deploy for Europe. The motto of the 34th Infantry Division is "Attack! Attack! Attack!" The war cry characterizes the nature of the Division's combat operations in World War Two.

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Unit Address: 13865 South Robert Trail
Rosemount, MN 55068
Unit Telephone: 651.282.4901
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Unit Articles

Jensen takes command of historic 34th Red Bull Infantry Division in its 100th year
01/13/2017

Red Bull Soldiers Support Successful Bilateral Training Exercise with Japan
12/19/2016

Minnesota National Guard conducts react to contact drills with Montenegro Armed Forces
09/14/2016

Mankato, Rochester and Winona-based infantry units to deploy to Sinai Peninsula
07/07/2016

Two years of hard work pays off for Red Bulls at NTC
07/01/2016

Red Bull Soldier gains US citizenship
06/30/2016

Red Bull infantrymen prepare for deployment
06/29/2016

Minnesota National Guard and Norwegian Home Guard Soldiers conduct domestic operations training with local law enforcement
06/28/2016

Red Bulls Begin Saber Strike
06/14/2016

Minnesota and Iowa UAS operators train together at Camp Ripley
02/10/2016

Red Bull moms take care of business
12/11/2015

Red Bulls participate in Yama Sakura
12/08/2015

Dual status commander clears a path for unified disaster response
08/27/2015

Red Bulls Welcome New Command Sergeant Major
05/17/2015

Joint Medical Summit Strengthens Collaboration in Minnesota Guard
05/16/2015

Minnesota Guardsman honored with General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award
03/10/2015

Minnesota Guard will not be going to Liberia, after all
01/26/2015

Red Bulls Continue Preparations for Deployment
01/12/2015

Red Bulls Meet Books for Africa Team
01/05/2015

Battle of Cassino -- A Bloody Struggle shrouded in Controversy
11/24/2014

Minnesota National Guard Soldiers to deploy to West Africa in support of Operation United Assistance
11/16/2014

Minnesota Military Museum Curator and Secretary of State discuss Red Bull history
08/25/2014

Looking to the Future Evokes a Torrent of Memories
07/24/2014

34th Red Bull Infantry Division participates in Warfighter
06/24/2014

34th Combat Aviation Brigade gears up for year-long deployment
05/02/2014

Red Bulls Prepare for Warfighter
03/21/2014

International partners develop optimal force structure at Camp Ripley
03/10/2014

An entrepreneurial lesson from a Red Bull Soldier
02/25/2014

Funding rift pits active-duty military against Guard, Reserve (video)
02/01/2014

34th Red Bull Infantry Division Recognizes New Commander
12/07/2013

Minnesota Guard Cyber Specialists Among Best in Nation
11/15/2013

Minnesota Cavalry Demonstrates Versatility as an Operational Force
08/23/2013

34th Infantry Division Red Bulls promote Col. Corell to Deputy Command General
07/03/2013

How Do You Measure Up?
04/17/2013

Iraq War left mark on Minn. National Guard members, families
03/19/2013

Red Bulls and partners train for upcoming Australian exercise
01/13/2013

Aviation Brigade Welcomes New Commander
01/07/2013

Anoka County history: Remembering Pearl Harbor in 1941
12/07/2012

Red Bulls Visit Local Veterans Home for the Holidays
11/18/2012

Timberwolves Celebrate Military Appreciation Month
11/09/2012

Red Bull Assn. celebrates 65 years
10/05/2012

Decade of change transforms Red Bulls
08/25/2012

1st Brigade Combat Team Honors Outgoing Commander and Welcomes New
08/15/2012

Team MN Places Sixth at All-Army Combatives Tournament
07/28/2012

Minnesota Trains for Disasters
07/26/2012

34th Red Bull Infantry Division gains a new command sergeant major
06/08/2012

Generations in uniform in 'Memorial Day'
05/24/2012

Cyber Security, Response and Emergency Preparedness
05/07/2012

Moorhead man who lost sight in Iraq War to take part in Walk for Vision
04/27/2012

Breakfast with the Boss
04/23/2012

Red Bull film Memorial Day screened at Camp Ripley
04/14/2012

34th Red Bull Infantry Division Commanding General Scheduled to Receive Promotion
08/05/2011

34th I.D. plans for Austere Challenge 11 in Germany
02/01/2011

34th Red Bull Infantry Division conducts Change of Command Ceremony
09/30/2010

34th Red Bull Infantry Division official welcome home ceremony
04/08/2010

34th Infantry Division 30-Day Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Event
03/05/2010

What a grand opening
01/29/2010

34th Red Bull Infantry Division completing mission in Iraq- Video
01/29/2010

34th Infantry Division Soldiers return to Minnesota
01/25/2010

34th Infantry Division Soldiers Return to Minnesota
01/22/2010

Iraqi Bedouins seek role in secure future
01/20/2010

Saving Mahdi: Soldiers from COB Basra work to help injured Iraqi boy
01/19/2010

34th Infantry Division Returns from Iraq
01/14/2010

Building Legacy
01/01/2010

Combatives tournament hits Bucca
12/30/2009

Fly the Flag program reaches milestone
12/29/2009

Red Bulls caught with hands in cookie jar
12/29/2009

Iraq to Everest: Red Bull medic aims for Earth's highest peak
12/25/2009

Partnership program between UofM, Iraq to begin
12/25/2009

Sweet people packing sweet cookies
12/24/2009

Serving Our Troops
12/14/2009

Basra Marathon
12/01/2009

Viking pride thunders in the Middle-East
11/15/2009

Minnesota news anchor visits Soldiers at COB Basra
11/06/2009

Hall of Fame U of M coach trains, thanks troops in COB Basra
10/28/2009

A momentary release from gravity: how one Soldier uses his skateboard to relieve stress
10/16/2009

Brothers reunite for promotion
09/25/2009

Quieter
07/21/2009

34th ID takes over civil mission in Basra
05/22/2009

34th Infantry Division assumes control of MND-S
05/20/2009

34th Infantry Division departs Minnesota
02/13/2009

More than 1,000 Minnesota National Guard members given big send-off on Iraq mission
02/11/2009

Minnesota National Guard to Command Active-Duty Forces in Iraq
12/12/2008

Minnesota Guard sending 1,000 to Iraq
12/11/2008

This time, it is different
12/11/2008

Another big Iraq deployment for Minnesota Guard
12/11/2008

34th Infantry Division Commanding General visit Ft. Sill
06/13/2008

34th Infantry Division Change of Command
10/15/2007

34th ID Band awarded Howard Award
04/21/2007

 
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