34th Red Bull Infantry Division
The Rosemount-based 34th Red Bull Infantry Division provides training and readiness oversight for ten National Guard brigades with a total of more than 23,000 Soldiers across Minnesota and eight other states. In Minnesota, the 34ID includes the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade, 84th Troop Command and the 347th Regional Support Group.
In the fall of 2020, the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division Headquarters will move to their new facility located at the Arden Hills Army Training Site. Additionally, the division will support the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team's National Training Center rotation in July of 2020 and participate as a response cell for the 1st Cavalry Division and 82nd Airborne Division's warfighter exercise in October of 2020.
During 2019, the Red Bulls were responsible for mission command and control of Task Force Spartan of Operation Spartan Shield, headquartered in Kuwait, leading a diverse formation of nearly 10,000 National Guard, Army Reserve and Active Duty Army Soldiers conducting theater security operations across the Middle East.
Throughout the deployment, the Red Bulls conducted numerous training exercises, maintaining a lethal force to deter regional aggression and strengthening relationships with U.S. allied forces and host nations. The Red Bulls executed Eastern Action in Qatar, Desert Observer in Kuwait, Iron Union 9 and Iron Union 10 in the United Arab Emirates, planning for Eager Lion in Jordan, Inferno Creek in Oman, Earnest Leader in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Desert Leopard in Kuwait and Qatar, and Steppe Eagle in Kazakhstan.
While deployed, the division also dedicated resources to support Operation Inherent Resolve and Operation Freedom's Sentinel through the Theater Coordinated Assistance process. Task Force Spartan Soldiers performed vital missions in Syria, Iraq, Jordan and Afghanistan in support of United States Central Command priorities.
In July, the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division transferred authority of Task Force Spartan to the Indiana National Guard's 38th Infantry Cyclone Division. By early fall, more than 650 Red Bull Soldiers returned home from deployment.