Minnesota aviators honored prior to deployment

September 20, 2019 (St. Paul, Minnesota) – The Minnesota National Guard honored nearly 700 soldiers from the St. Paul-based 34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade prior to their upcoming deployment in support of Operation Spartan Shield and Operation Inherent Resolve during a ceremony in Eden Prairie, September 20, 2019.     “In a nation where eight percent… Continue reading Minnesota aviators honored prior to deployment

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

Minnesota Guardsmen return to Minnesota after nine-month deployment to Kuwait

March 12, 2019 (ST. CLOUD, Minnesota) – Approximately 160 Soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard’s 851st Vertical Engineer Company returned March 12, 2019, from a nine-month deployment to Kuwait in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. While deployed, the Soldiers completed construction projects in support of military units in several countries to include Kuwait, Qatar, Jordan,… Continue reading Minnesota Guardsmen return to Minnesota after nine-month deployment to Kuwait

Arden Hills-based Minnesota National Guardsmen to deploy to Southwest Asia

Jan. 17, 2019 (ARDEN HILLS, Minnesota) — Twenty five Soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard’s Arden Hills-based 247th Financial Management Support Detachment will deploy Saturday to several installations throughout Southwest Asia in support of Operation Spartan Shield. “As a parent and a Soldier, I understand that being away from family and loved ones for this… Continue reading Arden Hills-based Minnesota National Guardsmen to deploy to Southwest Asia

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

MNNG Military Police deploy to support Joint Task Force Guantanamo

By Staff Sgt. Patrick Loch Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs MONTICELLO, Minn. (Jan. 30, 2017) – More than 120 Soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard’s 257th Military Police Company were bade farewell during a ceremony that filled the Monticello High School auditorium Jan. 28, 2017. The company, following pre-mobilization training at Fort Bliss, Texas, will deploy to… Continue reading MNNG Military Police deploy to support Joint Task Force Guantanamo

Monticello-based Soldiers to deploy to Guantanamo Bay

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 25, 2017 MONTICELLO, Minn. -More than 120 Soldiers from the Monticello-based 257th Military Police Company will be deploying to U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay in support of Joint Task Force Guantanamo. “Our unit is trained and ready to professionally carry out this very important mission,” said Capt. Jon Schliesing, commander of… Continue reading Monticello-based Soldiers to deploy to Guantanamo Bay