|34th Red Bull Infantry Division
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)
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)
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.
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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Rosemount, MN 55068
Unit Telephone: 651.282.4901
Recruiter Telephone: 651.282.4952
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