Minnesota Army National Guard

Operation New Dawn 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division Unit Overview
www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org

Deploying unit
2,400 Soldiers from the Minnesota Army National Guard will leave Minnesota for training on May 22, 2011, for a one-year deployment in support of Operation New Dawn. This is the second largest deployment of the Minnesota National Guard since World War II.

Mission
Operation New Dawn is the drawdown phase of US military operations in Iraq, and these Minnesota Soldiers will play an important role in the final drawdown of U.S. forces from Iraq. The 1st Brigade Soldiers, stationed in Kuwait, will provide base defense in Kuwait and perform route security operations in support of U.S. Forces throughout Iraq.

Area of Operations
The Brigade Headquarters will be at Camp Arifjan with subordinate units stationed throughout Kuwait. The Brigade will be working under the overall control of Army Central Command Kuwait. They will be responsible for providing base management and security. In addition, the brigade will be responsible for securing the ground convoy transport of troops, equipment and supplies throughout Iraq.

Geography

Iraq is nearly twice the size of Minnesota and borders the Persian Gulf and the countries of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria, Turkey, Iran and Kuwait. It is comprised of mostly broad plains; there are reedy marshes along the Iranian border in the south with large flooded areas; there are mountains along the borders with Iran and Turkey.

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Minnesota Army National Guard
Operation New Dawn 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division Unit Overview
www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org

Age
The average age of the deploying Minnesota Soldiers is 28 years old. The youngest Soldier is 18, and the oldest is 55.

Race
Of the 2,400 total deploying Minnesota Soldiers, 96% are Caucasian, 2% are AfricanAmerican, 2% are Asian, less than 1% are Native American, and less than 1% are of another race. Highest Civilian Education All of the deploying Minnesota Soldiers have at least a high school diploma or equivalent. 91 Soldiers have earned an Associates Degree. 283 Soldiers have earned a Bachelors Degree Follow or higher.us via Social Media

Gender
Of the 2,400 deploying Minnesota Soldiers 94% (2,256) are men and 6% (144) are women.

Previous Deployments

This is the first deployment for 60% (1,440) of the 2,400 Minnesota Soldiers. 40% (960) have previously deployed. This is the second deployment for 23% (534) of the Soldiers, third deployment for 12% (288) of the Soldiers, fourth deployment for less than 1% (16) of the Soldiers, fifth deployment for 5% (115) of the Soldiers and sixth deployment for Dependants less than 1% (7) of the Soldiers. 39% (936) of the deploying Minnesota Soldiers have at least one dependant.

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Media Contacts
Brigade Public Affairs Officer: Major Paul Rickert Office: 651-282-4729 Email: Paul.D.Rickert@us.army.mil Minnesota National Guard State Public Affairs Office: 651-282-4410 Email: Public.Affairs@mn.ngb.army.mil
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Minnesota Army National Guard
Operation New Dawn 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division Unit Overview
www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org

Hometowns
Soldiers from the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division represent 530 communities throughout Minnesota and fifteen

St Paul 91 other states. Communities with more than ten deploying Soldiers Duluth 86 include: St Cloud 67 Mankato 58 Minneapolis 57 Brainerd 38 Rochester 37 Little Falls 33 New Ulm 33 Cloquet 29 Superior WI 27 Eagan 25 Coon Rapids 24 Cottage Grove 22 Burnsville 21 Hutchinson 21 Albert Lea 20 Woodbury 20 Blaine 19 Elk River 19 Owatonna 19 Austin 18 Bloomington 18 Brooklyn Park 18 Luverne 18 Fairmont 17 Alexandria 16 Maple Grove 16
January 23, 2011

Minnesota Army National Guard
Operation New Dawn 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division Unit Overview
www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org

Units Deploying:
The 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division consists of 29 units from 27 Minnesota communities. During this deployment, the following units will deploy as part of the Brigade: 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry
Headquarters and Headquarters Company from Mankato; A Company from West St. Paul; B Company from Rochester; C Company from Winona and Owatonna; D Company from Albert Lea. 1135th Combat Support Company from Austin.

1st Combined Arms Battalion, 194th Armor
Headquarters and Headquarters Company from Brainerd; A Company from Alexandria; B Company from East St. Paul; C Company from Sauk Centre; D Company from St. Cloud; F Company (Forward Support), 134th Brigade Support Battalion from Camp Ripley and St. Cloud.

1st Squadron, 94th Cavalry
Headquarters and Headquarters Troup from Duluth; A Troup from Hibbing; B Troup from Pine City; C Troup from Cloquet; D Company (Forward Support), 134th Brigade Support Battalion from St. Cloud.

1st Battalion, 125th Field Artillery
Headquarters and Headquarters Battery from New Ulm; A Battery in Pipestone; B Battery in J ackson; G Company (Forward Support), 134th Brigade Support Battalion from St. Peter.

1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion
Headquarters and Headquarters Company from Bloomington; 34th Brigade Headquarters and Headquarters Company from Bloomington; C Company from Hutchinson.

134th Brigade Support Battalion
Headquarters and Headquarters Company from Camp Ripley;
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