Red Bulls take command of Minnesota National Guard Operation Safety Net efforts

April 17, 2021 (ARDEN HILLS, Minnesota) – The Minnesota National Guard Joint Force Headquarters has transferred control of the Minnesota National Guard’s security efforts for Operation Safety Net to the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division. Operation Safety Net is the public safety response to protect lives and property and ensure the ability for people to… Continue reading Red Bulls take command of Minnesota National Guard Operation Safety Net efforts

Learning to Lead

March 2, 2021 (ARDEN HILLS, Minnesota) — The strength of any force is due in part to the strength of its leadership. In the Minnesota National Guard, a growing population of its force and leadership are women. While some serve full-time as service members, some juggle their responsibilities as non-commissioned officers (NCOs) and officers with… Continue reading Learning to Lead

34th Red Bull Infantry Division completes move to Arden Hills

November 21, 2020 (ARDEN HILLS, Minnesota) – Soldiers from the Division Headquarters of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division conducted their first weekend of training at the newly-constructed General John W. Vessey Readiness Center in Arden Hills, Minnesota, November 21-22, 2020. “This facility will provide a significant benefit for our soldiers, enabling us to continue… Continue reading 34th Red Bull Infantry Division completes move to Arden Hills

Minnesota National Guard 177th Cyber Protection Team mobilizing for deployment

October 23, 2020 (ROSEMOUNT, Minnesota) – 35 Soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard’s 177th Cyber Protection Team (CPT) will mobilize to Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, as part of a larger task force aligned under the 780th Military Intelligence Brigade (Cyber) to conduct cyberspace operations in support of U.S. Cyber Command and the Cyber National… Continue reading Minnesota National Guard 177th Cyber Protection Team mobilizing for deployment

34th Infantry Division to Regain an Artillery Headquarters

151st Field Artillery training prior to WW1.

May 23, 2020 (ROSEMOUNT, Minnesota) — The Director of the Army National Guard, Lt. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, announced on April 29 the newest Division Artillery (DIVARTY) headquarters will be assigned to the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division. Re-activation for the 34th DIVARTY is scheduled for the fall of 2022. Minnesota was not the only… Continue reading 34th Infantry Division to Regain an Artillery Headquarters

A Century Ago: 1918 Flu Took Red Bulls Before the Fight

Influenza victims crowd into an emergency hospital near Fort Riley, Kansas in this 1918 file photo. The 1918 Spanish flu pandemic killed at least 20 million people worldwide and officials say that if the next pandemic resemblers the birdlike 1918 Spanish flu, to 1.9 million Americans could die. (AP Photo/National Museum of Health)

May 21, 2020 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — As the world battles the impact of the COVID-19 virus, a century ago a different pandemic spread globally, impacting Minnesota Soldiers who were preparing to go to war. Some say it started in Kansas. Infected farm boys became soldiers. The virus easily spread in the close quarters of… Continue reading A Century Ago: 1918 Flu Took Red Bulls Before the Fight

Minnesota Guardsman welcomes son into officer ranks

May 15, 2020 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — Brig. Gen. Shawn Manke, Assistant Division Commander of Operations for the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, recently had the opportunity to participate in the commissioning ceremony of his son, Lucas, which was held virtually in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In these times of socially-distanced meetings, workplaces and… Continue reading Minnesota Guardsman welcomes son into officer ranks

Red Bull Assistant Division Commander to be promoted to brigadier general

February 20, 2020 (Coon Rapids, Minnesota) – Col. Shawn Manke will be promoted to the rank of brigadier general during a promotion ceremony Friday, February 21, in Coon Rapids. Manke currently serves as the Assistant Division Commander for Operations of the Minnesota National Guard’s 34th Red Bull Infantry Division. He formerly served as the Chief… Continue reading Red Bull Assistant Division Commander to be promoted to brigadier general

34th Red Bull Infantry Division Welcomes New Command Team

Brig. Gen. Mike Wickman assumes command of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division during a combined Change of Command and Responsibility Ceremony held on Nov. 3, 2019 at the Rosemount National Guard Armory. Many former and retired Division commanders and command sergeants major attended the ceremony along side current Soldiers and the family and friends of both outgoing and incoming command teams.

November 3, 2019 (ROSEMOUNT, Minnesota) — The Minnesota National Guard’s 34th Red Bull Infantry Division welcomed a new command team during a combined Change of Command and Responsibility Ceremony, Nov. 3, 2019, at the Rosemount National Guard Armory. Many former and retired division commanders and command sergeants major attended the ceremony alongside current soldiers and… Continue reading 34th Red Bull Infantry Division Welcomes New Command Team

Minnesota Red Bulls to Welcome New Leadership Team

October 31, 2019 (ROSEMOUNT, Minnesota) — Brig. Gen. Mike Wickman and Command Sgt. Maj. Stephen Whitehead will assume leadership roles of the Minnesota National Guard’s 34th Red Bull Infantry Division during an event Sunday, November 3rd at 10:00 at the Rosemount Armory. Wickman will take over as the division’s Commanding General for Maj. Gen. Ben… Continue reading Minnesota Red Bulls to Welcome New Leadership Team

34th Infantry Division Association hosts 72nd annual Division Reunion

The 34th Infantry Division conducted its 72nd Annual Reunion Oct. 4-5 2019. The Reunion was hosted by the Commander’s Own Chapter of the 34th Infantry Division Association at Camp Ripley, Minnesota. On Friday Red Bulls and their families met at Valhalla for dinner and festivities. On Saturday Camp Ripley conducted a tour of their Environmental Office and driving tours of the training and range facilities. The Division Historian briefed the members on the Division’s recent deployment to Kuwait to command Task Force Spartan. This was followed by a tour of the Minnesota Military Museum and the Division Association business meeting. The final event was a banquet dinner with guest speaker Andy Biggio.

Oct. 17, 2019 (CAMP RIPLEY, Minnesota) — The 34th Infantry Division’s 72nd Annual Reunion was conducted Oct. 4-5, 2019. This two-day event was hosted by the Commander’s Own Chapter of the 34th Infantry Division Association at Camp Ripley, Minnesota. On Friday, Red Bulls and their families met at Valhalla for dinner and refreshments. This reception… Continue reading 34th Infantry Division Association hosts 72nd annual Division Reunion

Minnesota Red Bull Soldiers complete Middle East deployment

Major Gen. Ben Corell, left, commanding general, and Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph Hjelmstad, senior enlisted leader, 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, Minnesota Army National Guard, prepare to case the unit colors to signify the end of its run as the Task Force Spartan headquarters element during a transfer of authority ceremony at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, July 15, 2019. The Red Bull Division handed authority to the 38th Infantry Division, Indiana Army National Guard after serving as the TFS division headquarters from November 2018 to July 2019. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. Zach Mott, U.S. Army Central Public Affairs Office)

July 19, 2019 (KUWAIT) – More than 650 Citizen-Soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard’s 34th Red Bull Infantry Division have departed the Middle East as they return home after a ten-month deployment to the region. The Minnesota unit was responsible for leading U.S. Central Command’s Task Force Spartan, which increases military readiness and capability, in… Continue reading Minnesota Red Bull Soldiers complete Middle East deployment

Red Devil Rock Band Supports 34th Red Bull Infantry Division during AT

CAMP ARIJAN, Kuwait – Army musicians with the Red Devil Rock Band, 34th Red Bull Infantry Division Band, Minnesota National Guard, perform cover songs on March 16, 2019, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. U.S. Army Central hosts these types of events to demonstrate its enduring commitment to Soldiers’ health, welfare and morale. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. Christopher Lindborg)

March 16, 2019 (CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait) – Army musicians with the Red Devil Rock Band, 34th Red Bull Infantry Division Band, got their opportunity to support service members in theater during St. Patrick’s Day weekend. The Red Devil Rock Band performed a show in support of service members based at Camp Arifjan during its annual… Continue reading Red Devil Rock Band Supports 34th Red Bull Infantry Division during AT

Minnesota Red Bulls Take Charge of Middle Eastern Mission

Maj. Gen. Benjamin Corell, 34th Red Bull Infantry Division commanding general and Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph Hjelmstad uncase the Division colors during a transfer of authority ceremony Nov. 12, 2018. The Minnesota National Guard unit's headquarters and headquarters battalion assumed responsibility for the Task Force Spartan mission to from the Pennsylvania National Guard's 28th Infantry Division. The 34th's HHBN is serving as a division headquarters for roughly 10,000 Soldiers conducting theater security operations in the Middle East. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. William Boecker)

Nov. 12, 2018 (CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait) – The Minnesota National Guard’s 34th Red Bull Infantry Division assumed responsibility for mission command and control of Task Force Spartan from Pennsylvania’s 28th Infantry Division during a transfer of authority ceremony held Nov. 12, 2018. Kicking off their nine-month deployment, the Red Bulls now lead the nearly 10,000… Continue reading Minnesota Red Bulls Take Charge of Middle Eastern Mission

Red Bulls Arrive in Kuwait

Since leaving home more than a month ago, Soldiers of Minnesota National Guard’s 34th Red Bull Infantry Division have been completing a vast array of training at Fort Hood, Texas, in preparation for a deployment to the Middle East. From completing soldier readiness processing to firing their assigned weapons at the ranges, the Red Bulls have been hard at work checking all the required boxes before making their way to U.S. Central Command’s region of responsibility in support of Task Force Spartan.

Story by Sgt. William Boecker, 34th Red Bull Infantry Division CAMP ARIFJAN, KUWAIT – More than 600 Citizen-Soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard’s 34th Red Bull Infantry Division have arrived in the Middle East as they begin a nine-month long deployment to the region. The Minnesota unit will be responsible for leading Task Force Spartan… Continue reading Red Bulls Arrive in Kuwait

Red Bulls Kickoff Division Warfighter

June 13, 2018 (CAMP ATTERBURY, Indiana)  — “A Warfighter is an exercise that allows the Division to evaluate their ability to maneuver assets in a battle,” said Master Sgt. Greg Weaver, the Operations Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge for the Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion. “It is designed to focus on particular areas and specific objectives to… Continue reading Red Bulls Kickoff Division Warfighter

100 Years Ago, Camp Cody’s “Grand Old Man” formed 34th Infantry Division

Decorated veteran Augustus Blocksom was a man of his time, but times were changing. He exemplified Progressive Era America prior to the Great War. Blocksom participated in all the major US Army campaigns for nearly a half-century. He fought American Indians, Spaniards, Chinese and Filipinos. He brought that experience to Camp Cody, New Mexico where he assembled units from across the mid-West to form the 34th Infantry Division in 1917. In 1885 he married his wife of forty-six years, Sarah Griswold Beaumont Leuffer.

By Master Sgt. Daniel Ewer Minnesota National Guard Command Historian Jan. 10, 2018 – Decorated veteran Augustus Blocksom was a man of his time, but times were changing. He exemplified Progressive Era America prior to the Great War. Blocksom participated in all the major US Army campaigns for nearly a half-century. He fought American Indians, Spaniards,… Continue reading 100 Years Ago, Camp Cody’s “Grand Old Man” formed 34th Infantry Division

Iowa Red Bull takes command of 34th Infantry Division

By Staff Sgt. Christie Smith Iowa National Guard Public Affairs JOHNSTON, Iowa (Dec. 12, 2017) – Brig. Gen. Benjamin J. Corell, Deputy Adjutant General of the Iowa National Guard, assumed command of the 34th Infantry Division “Red Bulls” during a ceremony in Rosemount, Minnesota, on December 9, 2017. Headquartered in Minnesota, the division has been commanded almost-exclusively… Continue reading Iowa Red Bull takes command of 34th Infantry Division

34th Inf. Div. Commander Re-Dedicates Intersection to Fallen Massachusetts WWII Red Bull

By Col. Kevin Olson Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs WINTHROP, Mass. (Sept. 20, 2017) – Settled in 1630, Winthrop is one of the oldest communities in the United States. Service members of all branches of the military from this seaside town just north of Boston have fought on behalf of their state and nation since the Revolutionary… Continue reading 34th Inf. Div. Commander Re-Dedicates Intersection to Fallen Massachusetts WWII Red Bull

500 Minnesota soldiers notified for 2018 deployment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 13, 2017 ROSEMOUNT, Minn.-More than 500 Soldiers from the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division headquarters have been notified of a possible deployment to Southwest Asia beginning in the fall of 2018. “The Red Bulls maintain a high level of readiness, and over the next 12 months, our soldiers will train for… Continue reading 500 Minnesota soldiers notified for 2018 deployment

Red Bull PSYOPS Team Seeks Officers for Challenging, Rewarding Career

By Staff Sgt. Aaron Borgerding 34th Red Bull Infantry Division Public Affairs ROSEMOUNT, Minn. (May 30, 2017) – “We are cultural communication experts,” said Master Sgt. Eric Christoffel, the Minnesota National Guard’s 34th Red Bull Infantry Division senior Psychological Operations (PSYOPS) non-commissioned officer (NCO). “The main function of the Psychological Operations section is to use communications to… Continue reading Red Bull PSYOPS Team Seeks Officers for Challenging, Rewarding Career

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Chaplains support Muslim Soldiers by finding common ground

By Master Sgt. Ashlee Sherrill 34th Red Bull Infantry Division Public Affairs ROSEMOUNT, Minn. (April 18, 2017) – The Soldiers of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division had a unique opportunity to speak with one of the U.S. Army’s five Muslim chaplains April 7-10, 2017. U.S. Army Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Khallid Shabazz, I Corps deputy command… Continue reading Chaplains support Muslim Soldiers by finding common ground

Red Bulls move vehicles for partnership exercises

By Staff Sgt. Anthony Housey Camp Ripley Public Affairs CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. (April 12, 2017) – Soldiers of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division wrapped up a week-long rail load operation Sunday at Camp Ripley in preparation for several upcoming international training exercises. Vehicle crewmen from the 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry… Continue reading Red Bulls move vehicles for partnership exercises

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Senior enlisted conference offers Red Bulls opportunity to network, develop

By Master Sgt. Ashlee Sherrill 34th Red Bull Infantry Division Public Affairs CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. (Jan. 31, 2017) – Nearly 150 Soldiers and Airmen gathered as enlisted leaders at Camp Ripley to discuss issues important to the non-commissioned officer corps in the Minnesota National Guard, providing an opportunity for Red Bull leaders to network and develop their… Continue reading Senior enlisted conference offers Red Bulls opportunity to network, develop

Jensen takes command of historic 34th Red Bull Infantry Division in its 100th year

By Master Sgt. Blair Heusdens Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs Rosemount, Minn. (Jan. 13, 2017) – Brig. Gen. Jon Jensen, Minnesota National Guard Director of the Joint Staff, took command of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, Jan. 8, 2017, as the Division marks its centennial anniversary. “2017 marks a historic year for the Red Bulls as… Continue reading Jensen takes command of historic 34th Red Bull Infantry Division in its 100th year

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Soldier finds peace during memorial ceremony

By Staff Sgt. Anthony Housey Camp Ripley Public Affairs CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. (Dec. 11, 2016) –Family members, veterans, Service members and volunteers from the surrounding communities gathered at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Dec. 17, 2016, for the annual Wreaths for the Fallen event sponsored by WreathsForTheFallen.org. “It was such an amazing event despite the weather,”… Continue reading Soldier finds peace during memorial ceremony

Red Bull Soldiers Support Successful Bilateral Training Exercise with Japan

By Capt. Sara Behr 34th Red Bull Infantry Division Public Affairs JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (Dec. 19, 2016) – Soldiers of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, based in Rosemount, Minn., recently traveled to Joint Base Lewis McChord, Washington, to participate in Yama Sakura 71, a bilateral training exercise in support of the U.S. and Japan military… Continue reading Red Bull Soldiers Support Successful Bilateral Training Exercise with Japan

Decade of change transforms Red Bulls

Everything changed on Sept. 11, 2001 and the 34th Infantry Division’s mission was no exception. The 34th Infantry Division was the first National Guard Division to transform to the Army’s modular and expeditionary Brigade Combat Team structure allowing greater flexibility in mission planning and the ability to specifically tailor the force to each individual mission.… Continue reading Decade of change transforms Red Bulls