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Minnesota National Guard
34th Red Bull Infantry Division


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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
Unit Information

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)

2014 Accomplishments


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.

2015 Objectives

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.

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Unit Address: 13865 South Robert Trail
Rosemount, MN 55068
Unit Telephone: 651.282.4901
Recruiter Telephone: 651.282.4952

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Neal Loidolt

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John Lepowsky

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Unit Articles

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

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

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

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

What a grand opening
01/29/2010

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

Building Legacy
01/01/2010

Combatives tournament hits Bucca
12/30/2009

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

Fly the Flag program reaches milestone
12/29/2009

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

Iraq to Everest: Red Bull medic aims for Earth's highest peak
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

 
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