|34th Red Bull Infantry Division
Sgt. Corbin Routier, an infantryman with A Company, 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry, participates in the Urban Assault Course at Camp Ripley Training Center. Photo by: Tech. Sgt. Paul Santikko
The Rosemount-based 34th Red Bull Infantry Division oversees the training and operations of ten National Guard brigades. In Minnesota, the 1st 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. Combined, the division represents 23,000 Citizen-Soldiers in units stationed across eight different states.
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 1 Dec., 2014)
In 2014 after more than 12 months of planning and preparation, the 34th ID conducted a Division Full Scale Exercise, also known as a Warfighter exercise, at the Mission Command Training Complex at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., in June 2014. The massive Warfighter exercise, which involved more than 2,500 Service members, 10 brigades and 20 units training at four locations, tested the ability of the 34th ID's command staff to operate in a combat theater.
The 34th ID's performance during the Warfighter exercise was distinguished by its ability to conduct the largest-ever Warfighter at Fort Leavenworth, executing the required tasks well above the established standard. This led to the 34th ID receiving the top rating for readiness for an Army division headquarters.
In addition to Warfighter, the Red Bulls participated in the Vigilant Vortex exercise, which was designed to gauge the Minnesota National Guard's ability to respond to a series of unprecedented simulated disasters.
Nearly 300 soldiers from the division will deploy in spring 2015 as part of Operation United Assistance, the military effort supporting the United States Agency for International Development's response to the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in Liberia. The 34th ID will provide command and control of U.S. military forces in West Africa and are expected to return in fall 2015.
In addition to the deployment, the 34th ID will use the experience garnered from its Warfighter exercise to support subordinate brigades participating in Warfighter exercises in 2015.
Best practices learned during Vigilant Vortex will be applied to the even larger Vigilant Guard exercise, which will take place in August 2015.
The Red Bull Insignia
The symbol of the 34th Infantry Division features a steer skull imposed on the shape of an "olla," or Mexican water flask. 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.
Unit Address: 13865 South Robert Trail
Rosemount, MN 55068
Unit Telephone: 651.282.4901
Recruiter Telephone: 651.282.4952
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