Duluth, MN - (Northland's NewsCenter) - After the largest deployment of the Minnesota National Guard since World War Two...the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34Th Infantry Division Red Bulls, are helping to complete the withdrawal of soldiers from Iraq.
Through convoy security, base management and force protection...the Red Bulls have been leading the way for thousands of soldiers to safely make their way back to the United States.
The draw-down of troops from Iraq is keeping Minnesota's Red Bulls busy.
"We have done a collective one-point-two-nine-million combat miles between all of our gun trucks. We've escorted three thousand semis in and out of Iraq on these convoys," says 34Th Infantry Red Bull, SFC Matthew Krebsbach.
The Red Bulls have been performing convoy security along routes traveled by soldiers and equipment moving in and out of Iraq.
"Without the security for those convoys they'd be getting looted and high jacked coming and going out of Iraq," SFC Krebsbach says.
The Red Bulls have been working around the clock sending convoy escort teams into Iraq to secure the roads and ensure safe travel routes for soldiers and equipment coming out of the country.
"We make sure that all of the billions of dollars of the U.S. equipment that is in Iraq gets out," SFC Krebsbach says.
Besides providing supplemental area security as convoys traveled in and out of Iraq...the Red Bulls also brought a touch of Minnesota traditions to Kuwait.
"Task Force Wild has been playing hockey at Camp Arifjan since we got here back in July. Coming together with the rest of the Red Bulls is truly special for us," says 34Th Infantry Red Bull, MSG Brian Newcomer.
The Red Bulls paved the way for the final soldiers in Iraq to return to Kuwait...and then home.
"I'm very proud to wear the Red Bull on my shoulder...it's a great organization," says 34Th Infantry Red Bull, SFC Allen Jorgensen.
The Minnesota National Guard 34Th Infantry Red Bulls will be headed home in about two weeks.