|34th Red Bull Infantry Division
Soldiers continue an 18-year tradition by participating in the Bataan Memorial March in Brainerd on Aug. 15, 2015. The march commemorates the sacrifices of those who suffered the infamous Bataan Death March of 1942. On Dec. 8, 1941, Japan attacked U.S. and Allied Forces on the Philippine Islands. With the U.S. Pacific Fleet decimated by the same-day attack on Pearl Harbor, Allied Forces were cut off from resupply and reinforcements. The Soldiers in the Philippines, including Brainerd-based A Company, 194th Tank Battalion, put up a brave and determined fight against the overwhelming Japanese Imperial Army for three months before surrendering. (Minnesota National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Paul Santikko)
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 2015 the 34th ID was scheduled to deploy in support of Operation United Assistance, the military effort supporting the United States Agency for International Development's response to the Ebola virus outbreak in Liberia. That mission, however, was canceled in early 2015 after considerable gains were made in stemming the outbreak. Following the cessation of the 34th ID's preparation for Operation United Assistance - with the division at peak readiness after planning for the complex and nontraditional deployment - the unit shifted its focus to several large-scale exercises with an eye toward developing a new model for rapid mobilization.
U.S. Army Forces Command challenged the 34th ID to develop a sustained readiness training model that integrates active and reserve component forces with the readiness to deploy in a much shorter time frame than what had become the norm. In 2015 four exercises were conducted with active duty units, allied countries and local agencies, testing the division's ability to deploy its command and control staff in half the time of the previous model.
In August 2015 the 34th ID participated in the Vigilant Guard exercise, which required the division to execute its ability to provide a dual-status commander to direct both active duty and National Guard units and oversee large-scale, domestic response operations in cooperation with civilian responders and interagency partners.
The Talisman Sabre exercise was held at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, in July 2015. The exercise is held annually in conjunction with I Corps, a Joint Task Force under U.S. Pacific Command, and the Australian Defense Force to increase both countries' ability to plan and execute a wide spectrum of missions, including combat operations and humanitarian aid.
Cooperative Resolve was held at Caserma Ederle in Vicenza, Italy, in September 2015. This exercise is an annual event to enhance U.S., Turkish, Romanian and British interoperability and combat readiness.
The 34th ID also participated in the Yama Sakura exercise at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, in December 2015. Yama Sakura is a computer-simulated command post exercise designed to strengthen military operations and ties between the U.S. Army and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force.
In 2016 the 34th ID will continue planning for and executing its slate of annual, large-scale exercises: Cooperative Resolve, Talisman Sabre and Yama Sakura. Additionally, the division will support the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team's National Training Center rotation in June 2016.
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.
Unit Address: 13865 South Robert Trail
Rosemount, MN 55068
Unit Telephone: 651.282.4901
Recruiter Telephone: 651.282.4952
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