Red Bull Infantry’s heavy armor heading from Camp Ripley to Fort Hood

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) — People living along the Burlington Northern Railroad on the east side of the Mississippi River might have been amazed at the show of military might rolling by in the wee hours of Tuesday morning.

Train being loaded with Minnesota National Guard armored vehicles at Camp Ripley (photos by Anthony Housey)

A hundred railroad cars carrying heavy military equipment from the Minnesota National Guard at Camp Ripley were rolling south to Fort Hood, Texas.  It was the first of eight massive military trains hauling heavy armor for Minnesota’s Red Bull Infantry Division.

The first train powered south past Bay City, Alma, Pepin and Nelson early Tuesday morning.

Another military freight train is taking the same route Tuesday night and should go through our area in the hours right after midnight.  In all nearly a thousand vehicles will be onboard the eight trains over the next ten days.

The Minnesota National Guard said it’s part of an exercise testing the capabilities of the famed Red Bulls, some 52-hundred soldiers in all, at Fort Hood this summer.  The units involved are part of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division.

Noel Sederstrom

Noel Sederstrom

Noel Sederstrom joined the KTTC-TV staff as News Director in February, 2008. He's a native Minnesotan, having grown up on a farm near Litchfield, and also spending a lot of time on Lake Vermilion near Tower-Soudan, where his grandfather Gust Saari worked in the Soudan Underground Mine. After studying journalism at the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis, Noel worked as a reporter, anchor, producer and Executive Producer at television stations in Duluth, Little Rock, Buffalo, Louisville and Kalamazoo, Michigan. Noel was the News Director at WWMT-TV in Kalamazoo for seven of his 18 years at the CBS affiliate before returning to Minnesota. He and his wife Cindy have two grown children and make their home in Rochester. Email Noel at nsederstrom@kttc.com

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