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Welcome home for Red Bulls 34th Infantry

MINNEAPOLIS -- A welcome home ceremony for soldiers with the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Red Bull Infantry Division will be at 4:30 p.m. today in the Minneapolis Convention Center.

The 34th Infantry Division provided command and control of military forces in the southern third of Iraq from May 2009 to January 2010. Headquartered at Contingency Operating Base Basra, the 34th Infantry Division led a force of approximately 14,000 U.S. service members throughout nine of Iraq's 18 provinces.

More than 1,200 citizen soldiers representing 273 Minnesota communities and 14 states deployed with the Red Bulls. Four Minnesota National Guard units deployed with the 34th Infantry Division from the communities of Rosemount, Inver Grove Heights, Faribault and Stillwater.

The public is welcome to join the soldiers and their families for the welcome home celebration.