34th Red Bull Infantry Division
The Arden Hills-based 34th Red Bull Infantry Division provides training and readiness oversight for nine National Guard brigades with more than 23,000 Soldiers across Minnesota and eleven other States. In Minnesota, the 34ID includes the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team (ABCT), 34th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade (ECAB), 84th Troop Command, and the 347th Regional Support Group.
In 2021, the 34th Infantry Division Headquarters will test themselves at the Warfighter 22-1 exercise, but this time as a training audience division. Mobilization support will continue in 2021 with the division overseeing and supporting deployments of the 1/34th ABCT and 1-171st General Support Aviation Battalion.
In 2020, the 34th Infantry Division supported five deployments with the 34th ECAB (Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve and Operation Spartan Shield), 2nd Battalion 135th Infantry (Horn of Africa), 34th Military Police Company (Operation Enduring Freedom), C/1-194th Field Artillery (Operation Freedom's Sentinel), and 177th Cyber Protection Team (U.S. Cyber Command and Cyber National Mission Force).
Beginning in March, the 34th Infantry Division provided assistance to state agencies for support of civil authorities. Soldiers from all major subordinate commands provided support to manage personal protective equipment (PPE) warehouses, medical support for community-based testing and long-term care facilities and transporting PPE equipment to local and state agencies.
In April, it was announced that the division would become home to a new Division Artillery (DIVARTY) headquarters. An Army National Guard DIVARTY increases capabilities at the division headquarters by providing long-range precision fires, command and control of division level artillery assets, fire support, and synchronization of joint fires. Reactivation for the 34th DIVARTY is scheduled for the fall of 2022.
During the civil unrest following the death of George Floyd, the 34th Infantry Division deployed over 5,300 Soldiers from May-June to protect lives, property, and restore order throughout Minneapolis, St. Paul, and surrounding areas.
In August, the 34th Infantry Division provided 53 Soldiers to establish the senior trainer support cell in support of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team's National Training Center rotation, which included over 3,700 U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserve and National Guard Soldiers from 14 states.
The Red Bulls also participated in the largest Warfighter exercise on record at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, in October. Four divisions, 82nd Airborne Division, 1st Cavalry Division, 3rd Infantry Division, and 34th Infantry Division, fought virtually against a live, freethinking adversary.
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.