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35th Infantry Division

 

 
 

35th Infantry Division Mission

On order, the 35th Infantry Division mobilizes and deploys to a theater of operations and conducts Unified Land Operations in joint and coalition environments supporting a Regional Combatant Commander (RCC) or providing Defense Support to Civil Authorities (DSCA) within the United States as directed.

 

Command Leadership and Unit Structure


Maj. Gen. Will Blaylock III is the 35th Infantry Division Commanding General. Brig. Gen. Robert Ferguson, Missouri, is the Deputy Commanding General - Operations. Brig. Gen. Jason Nelson is the Deputy Commanding General - Sustainment. Col. Matthew Twombly serves as the Division Chief of Staff. Command Sgt. Maj. Steven Stuenkel is the senior enlisted leader.

      

The 35th Infantry Division is one of 18 divisions in the Army. The 35th Infantry Division enjoys a training alignment with the 33rd Infantry Brigade, Illinois; 45th Infantry Brigade, Oklahoma; 48th Infantry Brigade, Georgia; 67th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade Nebraska; 142nd Fires Brigade, Arkansas; 35th Aviation Brigade, Missouri; 110th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, Missouri; and 287th Sustainment Brigade, Kansas.

 

Unit Highlights


The 35th Infantry Division organized on August 25th, 1917 at Camp Doniphan, Oklahoma with National Guard units from Kansas and Missouri. The 35th ID nickname, “Santa Fe Division”, along with its distinctive patch, the “wagon wheel”, was derived from the Santa Fe Trail which ran near Camp Doniphan. The 35th ID deployed to France in May 1918 for World War I and participated in three campaigns in 1918, the Meuse-Argonne, Alsace, and Lorraine. Of note, future president, Capt. Harry S. Truman served as commander in Missouri’s 129th Field Artillery Regiment. Two Soldiers in the division received the Medal of Honor in Combat in WWI. Following occupation duties, the 35th ID returned to the United States in May 1919 and was deactivated shortly afterwards.
The 35th Division reorganized on July 1, 1926 with units from Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. In 1927, Capt. Charles Lindberg, a pilot from the 110th Observation Squadron, received the Medal of Honor for his solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt mobilized the Division for World War II on December 23rd, 1940. After 4 years of training, the 35th ID landed on Omaha Beach on July 5th, 1944. During the ensuing 8 months of combat, the unit received 5 battle streamers: Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, and Central Europe. Amongst numerous other awards and accolades, one Soldier received the Medal of Honor for heroism on the battlefield. Noted Soldiers who served with the unit during WWII include Maj. Gen. Butler B. Miltonberger who became the first post WWII National Guard Bureau Chief, and Maj. Gen. Francis S. Greenlief who served as Chief, National Guard Bureau, from 1971-1974. The Division returned to the United States in July 1945 and was inactivated in December 1945. 
The 35th ID was reorganized in October 1946 with units from Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Kentucky, and Colorado with its headquarters at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas undergoing one more inactivation in 1963 and a reactivation in 1984. Since then, the 35th ID has evolved to meet new challenges, missions, and responsibilities.  It now consists of units from Kansas and Missouri.
Several 35th ID subordinate units and the divisional headquarters have been mobilized since reactivation. The Division headquarters commanded Task Force Eagle in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2002-2003. In 2005, 35th ID provided headquarters control for National Guard units deployed to Louisiana during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In 2007-2008 a detachment was sent to be the headquarters element for Task Force Falcon for NATO in Kosovo. For the first time in 74 years, 35th ID deployed as a full unit to Kuwait as the Division Headquarters for Operations Spartan Shield and Combined Joint Operations Center-Jordan.
In 2018, the 35th Infantry Division Headquarters deployed to the Persian Gulf and Levant regions. Approximately 518 National Guard Soldiers from Kansas and Missouri supported enhanced theatre security operations in support of Operation Spartan Shield. This was the first time the division Headquarters deployed as an entire unit since World War II.
The 35th Infantry Division organized on August 25th, 1917 at Camp Doniphan, Oklahoma with National Guard units from Kansas and Missouri. The 35th ID nickname, “Santa Fe Division”, along with its distinctive patch, the “wagon wheel”, was derived from the Santa Fe Trail which ran near Camp Doniphan. The 35th ID deployed to France in May 1918 for World War I and participated in three campaigns in 1918, the Meuse-Argonne, Alsace, and Lorraine. Of note, future president, Capt. Harry S. Truman served as commander in Missouri’s 129th Field Artillery Regiment. Two Soldiers in the division received the Medal of Honor in Combat in WWI. Following occupation duties, the 35th ID returned to the United States in May 1919 and was deactivated shortly afterwards.
The 35th Division reorganized on July 1, 1926 with units from Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. In 1927, Capt. Charles Lindberg, a pilot from the 110th Observation Squadron, received the Medal of Honor for his solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt mobilized the Division for World War II on December 23rd, 1940. After 4 years of training, the 35th ID landed on Omaha Beach on July 5th, 1944. During the ensuing 8 months of combat, the unit received 5 battle streamers: Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, and Central Europe. Amongst numerous other awards and accolades, one Soldier received the Medal of Honor for heroism on the battlefield. Noted Soldiers who served with the unit during WWII include Maj. Gen. Butler B. Miltonberger who became the first post WWII National Guard Bureau Chief, and Maj. Gen. Francis S. Greenlief who served as Chief, National Guard Bureau, from 1971-1974. The Division returned to the United States in July 1945 and was inactivated in December 1945. 
The 35th ID was reorganized in October 1946 with units from Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Kentucky, and Colorado with its headquarters at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas undergoing one more inactivation in 1963 and a reactivation in 1984. Since then, the 35th ID has evolved to meet new challenges, missions, and responsibilities.  It now consists of units from Kansas and Missouri.
Several 35th ID subordinate units and the divisional headquarters have been mobilized since reactivation. The Division headquarters commanded Task Force Eagle in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2002-2003. In 2005, 35th ID provided headquarters control for National Guard units deployed to Louisiana during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In 2007-2008 a detachment was sent to be the headquarters element for Task Force Falcon for NATO in Kosovo. For the first time in 74 years, 35th ID deployed as a full unit to Kuwait as the Division Headquarters for Operations Spartan Shield and Combined Joint Operations Center-Jordan.
In 2018, the 35th Infantry Division Headquarters deployed to the Persian Gulf and Levant regions. Approximately 518 National Guard Soldiers from Kansas and Missouri supported enhanced theatre security operations in support of Operation Spartan Shield. This was the first time the division Headquarters deployed as an entire unit since World War II.
The 35th Infantry Division organized on August 25th, 1917 at Camp Doniphan, Oklahoma with National Guard units from Kansas and Missouri. The 35th ID nickname, “Santa Fe Division”, along with its distinctive patch, the “wagon wheel”, was derived from the Santa Fe Trail which ran near Camp Doniphan. The 35th ID deployed to France in May 1918 for World War I and participated in three campaigns in 1918, the Meuse-Argonne, Alsace, and Lorraine. Of note, future president, Capt. Harry S. Truman served as commander in Missouri’s 129th Field Artillery Regiment. Two Soldiers in the division received the Medal of Honor in Combat in WWI. Following occupation duties, the 35th ID returned to the United States in May 1919 and was deactivated shortly afterwards.
The 35th Division reorganized on July 1, 1926 with units from Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. In 1927, Capt. Charles Lindberg, a pilot from the 110th Observation Squadron, received the Medal of Honor for his solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt mobilized the Division for World War II on December 23rd, 1940. After 4 years of training, the 35th ID landed on Omaha Beach on July 5th, 1944. During the ensuing 8 months of combat, the unit received 5 battle streamers: Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, and Central Europe. Amongst numerous other awards and accolades, one Soldier received the Medal of Honor for heroism on the battlefield. Noted Soldiers who served with the unit during WWII include Maj. Gen. Butler B. Miltonberger who became the first post WWII National Guard Bureau Chief, and Maj. Gen. Francis S. Greenlief who served as Chief, National Guard Bureau, from 1971-1974. The Division returned to the United States in July 1945 and was inactivated in December 1945. 
The 35th ID was reorganized in October 1946 with units from Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Kentucky, and Colorado with its headquarters at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas undergoing one more inactivation in 1963 and a reactivation in 1984. Since then, the 35th ID has evolved to meet new challenges, missions, and responsibilities.  It now consists of units from Kansas and Missouri.
Several 35th ID subordinate units and the divisional headquarters have been mobilized since reactivation. The Division headquarters commanded Task Force Eagle in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2002-2003. In 2005, 35th ID provided headquarters control for National Guard units deployed to Louisiana during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In 2007-2008 a detachment was sent to be the headquarters element for Task Force Falcon for NATO in Kosovo. For the first time in 74 years, 35th ID deployed as a full unit to Kuwait as the Division Headquarters for Operations Spartan Shield and Combined Joint Operations Center-Jordan.
In 2018, the 35th Infantry Division Headquarters deployed to the Persian Gulf and Levant regions. Approximately 518 National Guard Soldiers from Kansas and Missouri supported enhanced theatre security operations in support of Operation Spartan Shield. This was the first time the division Headquarters deployed as an entire unit since World War II.
The 35th Infantry Division organized on August 25th, 1917 at Camp Doniphan, Oklahoma with National Guard units from Kansas and Missouri. The 35th ID nickname, “Santa Fe Division”, along with its distinctive patch, the “wagon wheel”, was derived from the Santa Fe Trail which ran near Camp Doniphan. The 35th ID deployed to France in May 1918 for World War I and participated in three campaigns in 1918, the Meuse-Argonne, Alsace, and Lorraine. Of note, future president, Capt. Harry S. Truman served as commander in Missouri’s 129th Field Artillery Regiment. Two Soldiers in the division received the Medal of Honor in Combat in WWI. Following occupation duties, the 35th ID returned to the United States in May 1919 and was deactivated shortly afterwards.
 
The 35th Division reorganized on July 1, 1926 with units from Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. In 1927, Capt. Charles Lindberg, a pilot from the 110th Observation Squadron, received the Medal of Honor for his solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean.
 
President Franklin D. Roosevelt mobilized the Division for World War II on December 23rd, 1940. After 4 years of training, the 35th ID landed on Omaha Beach on July 5th, 1944. During the ensuing 8 months of combat, the unit received 5 battle streamers: Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, and Central Europe. Amongst numerous other awards and accolades, one Soldier received the Medal of Honor for heroism on the battlefield. Noted Soldiers who served with the unit during WWII include Maj. Gen. Butler B. Miltonberger who became the first post WWII National Guard Bureau Chief, and Maj. Gen. Francis S. Greenlief who served as Chief, National Guard Bureau, from 1971-1974. The division returned to the United States in July 1945 and was inactivated in December 1945. 
 
The 35th ID was reorganized in October 1946 with units from Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Kentucky, and Colorado with its headquarters at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, undergoing one more inactivation in 1963 and a reactivation in 1984. Since then, the 35th ID has evolved to meet new challenges, missions, and responsibilities.  It now consists of units from Kansas and Missouri.
 
Several 35th ID subordinate units and the divisional headquarters have been mobilized since reactivation. The Division headquarters commanded Task Force Eagle in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2002-2003. In 2005, 35th ID provided headquarters control for National Guard units deployed to Louisiana during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In 2007-2008 a detachment was sent to be the headquarters element for Task Force Falcon for NATO in Kosovo. For the first time in 74 years, 35th ID deployed as a full unit to Kuwait as the division headquarters for Operations Spartan Shield and Combined Joint Operations Center-Jordan.
 
The 35th Infantry Division Headquarters prepared to conduct Warfighter Exercise 20-5, to be held at Fort Riley in June 2020, but due to COVID-19 pandemic, the exercise was cancelled. During the train-up period, the 35th Infantry Division focused on collective training by participating in two Command Post Exercises conducted at Camp Clark, Missouri.
 
The Soldiers of the 35th Infantry Division continued to build readiness by utilizing the Division Mission Command Systems, communicating via satellite systems and high frequency radio systems. This training has enabled the division to be prepared to operate in a digitally contested environment.
 
The 35th Infantry Division began building relationships with Aligned for Training Brigades assigned to the division. Brigades from Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee round out the 35th Infantry Division. As opportunities arise through partnerships and Warfighting Exercises, the relationship will build to provide a total force package in meeting the needs of the Army.
 
Integrated partners during key leader engagements to build partnerships with U.S. Army Forces Command, 1st Infantry Division, Mission Training Center, and Mission Command Training Program to support Total Army Integration.

 

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