Minnesota Troops Alerted For Deployment
The Department of Defense announced today that 2,700 Minnesota National Guard Soldiers are up for deployment for operations throughout Kuwait and Iraq in 2011.
The Minnesota Army National Guard’s Bloomington-based 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, also known as the Red Bulls, has been alerted to prepare for a deployment in support of Operation New Dawn.
Operation New Dawn is the name of the U.S. draw down phase of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Included in the Red Bulls is the 1st Squadron, 94th Calvary, based in Duluth. There are about 500 soldiers in the unit, from Duluth, Iron Range, Cloquet, and near Pine City.
“This news doesn’t surprise any soldier. The alert brings us one step closer to a mobilization order, which will tell us which soldiers, when, and where we’ll be going,” said Officer in Charge Capt. Alvin Graham.
The mobilization order will be issued early in 2011. Soldiers are currently scheduled to begin their one year deployment next summer.
The Red Bulls have the distinction of serving the longest tours of duty in Iraq, or of any military group in the country.