11 September 2012

34th Inf. Div. Alumni to Meet for 65th Year

The 65th Annual meeting and reunion of the 34th Infantry "Red Bull" Infantry Division Association will be conducted Oct. 5-6, 2012, in the Des Moines, Iowa suburb of Johnston. Johnston is also home to the Iowa National Guard's Camp Dodge Joint Maneuver Training Center. Events will include tours of Camp Dodge sites, exhibits, and training facilities, as well as a memorial service, and buffet dinner.

Dinner speaker will be 34th Infantry "Red Bull" Division Command Sgt. Major Joel M. Arnold, the top enlisted soldier in that Minnesota National Guard organization, and former command sergeant major of the Iowa National Guard's 2nd Brigade Combat Team (B.C.T.), 34th Inf. Div. (2-34th BCT), which deployed to Eastern Afghanistan as "Task Force Red Bulls" from July 2010 to August 2011.

Arnold has also held previous assignments in the Iowa National Guard's 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment (1-133rd Inf.) as battalion command sergeant major and as first sergeant, Bravo Company, 1-133rd Inf.

The event will once again be located at Stoney Creek Inn, 5291 Stoney Creek Court, Des Moines, IA 50131; Phone: 515.334.9000; 800.659.2220 (toll-free). Group rate: $84 plus tax.

For full details on this event, including membership and registration forms, see the Summer 2012 association newsletter here (PDF). Price for the event is $100; $50 for Saturday only.

Additionally, a Facebook page for the 2012 event is here.

Deadline for both conference and hotel registrations is Sat., Sept. 15.

A brief schedule of events (subject to change) follows:

Friday, Oct. 5
0800: Registration & hospitality rooms open
0900: "Gathering of the Red Bulls"

- Lunch at local restaurants, personal expense - 
1300: Tour of 34th Infantry Division Memorial and Gold Star Military Museum's 34th Infantry Division exhibit, Camp Dodge Joint Maneuver Training Center, 7105 NW 70th Ave., Johnston, Iowa 50131
1600: Ice cream social
1700: Social (open bar)
1800: Evening (heavy hors d'oeuvres)
Saturday, Oct. 6
0730: President's Breakfast (by invitation)
0800: Late registrations; hospitality room open
0900: Association business meeting
1100: Briefing on Afghanistan 2nd BCT Deployment

- Lunch at local restaurants, personal expense - 
1300: Tour of Camp Dodge weapons-training simulations center
1300: Special meeting for Afghan & Iraq Veterans
1700: Social (cash bar)
1800: 34th Inf. Div. Association Memorial Service, John Deere Room
34th Banquet. Guest speaker: Division Command Sgt. Major Joel Arnold, 34th Inf. Div.

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