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.
Looking ahead into 2022, the Red Bulls plan to implement the new K Series modification table of organization and equipment (MTOE). This will allow them to restructure and re-organize staffing within the organization to focus on their new designation as a "penetration division". Additionally, the Division is continuing their partnership with Victory Corp (V Corp) as they officially align under the new Army Corp located in the United States at Fort Knox, Kentucky, with a forward command post to be located in Germany. The MTOE change will allow the 34ID to function effectively in the multi-domain operation and modernize for the future. This change happens as the Department of Defense shifts focus from the counter-insurgency fight of the last 20 years to potential near-peer adversaries. The multi-domain fight involves navigating several combat domains simultaneously, including land, air, sea, cyber and space.
In addition to implementing the new MTOE, the Division will prepare for Warfighter (WFX) 23-5 in 2023 and continue to staff the 34th ID team to mobilize and deploy in 2024.
In 2021, the 34th “Red Bulls” Infantry Division (34th ID) participated in five major training exercises which built in escalation from a CPX-1 in February, COMMEX 2 in March, CPX-2 in April, CPX-3 in August, and ultimately culminated in their Warfighter exercise 22-1 from September 20th to October 6th. With only 30 days’ notice, the 34th ID shifted all training and planning for the Warfighter exercise from Camp Atterbury, Indiana to Fort Riley, Kansas. This allowed the Red Bulls the unique opportunity to train in a large scale validation exercise alongside the new active-duty Victory Corp, forward command based in Grafenwoehr, Germany, who were being tested as a European Command headquarters. By combining all the command elements of a Tactical Command Post, Main Command Post, and Rear Command Post into a single exercise, the Division was able to test military doctrine, knowledge and proficiencies of their warfighting functions within a high-stress environment. This allowed the Red Bulls to refine and modify their standard operating procedures and tactics to become a truly synchronized Division that can conduct quick, honest, and accurate assessments for their commander to make decisions.
This Warfighter exercise was one of the top accomplishments for the 34th ID in 2021, closely followed by their support during Operation Safety Net (OSN). During this operation, members of the 34th ID maintained public safety and security, primarily in the cities of Brooklyn Center & Minneapolis. Soldiers with the 34th ID activated early for OSN after the police shooting of Daunte Wright in order to mitigate potential escalation of civil disturbances while the metro prepared for the verdict in the Derrick Chauvin trial.
The division had multiple subordinate units deployed during 2021. 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry Regiment to the Horn of Africa, 1st Battalion, 151th Field Artillery to Afghanistan, and 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 194th Armor to Kuwait and Afghanistan. In addition to this, many Red Bulls were activated for COVID support missions for testing sites, vaccination sites, and temporary nursing assistance duties.