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Minnesota National Guard
New Commander for the 134th BSB

Soldiers of 134th Brigade Support Battalion (BSB) said ‘goodbye’ to Lt. Col. Brian Olson and welcomed their new commander, Lt. Col. Daniel Bohmer Jan 12 at Camp Ripley The former commander, Lt. Col. Olson was born in Sparta, Wis and first enlisted in the 107th Maintenance Company (Wisconsin Army National Guard) in 1983  In September 2005, he and his 134th BSB Soldiers mobilized and deployed to Camp Shelby, Miss as part of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division in preparation for Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-08  Lt Col Olson, his Soldiers and the rest of the 1/34th BCT returned from Iraq in July 2007

The 134th BSB provides the 1/34th BCT with a trained and ready combat force Additionally, the 134th BSB is prepared to support the State of Minnesota with troops capable of assisting in a disaster

“This is an extreme honor, and I am humble I look forward to the opportunity to command this battalion,” said Lt. Col. Daniel Bohmer, commander of 134th BSB

The new commander is aware of the upcoming responsibilities and challenges he will face with the battalion 

“Most of these Soldiers have just returned back home from a 22-month deployment,” said Lt. Col. Bohmer  “We will be focusing on the individual and helping them relearn what it means to be a ‘part-time Soldier,’

With the battalion’s two week Annual Training coming up this summer, the commander focuses on training his troops and preparing them for any situation  The Minnesota National Guard can be called to duty for either state or federal missions  The troops of 134th BSB will be prepared to deploy, because that is a part of the mission, said Lt. Col. Bohmer 

“There are no plans right now for any deployments in the near future, but you can never say ‘never,’” remarked Lt. Col. Bohmer 

Training for the Citizen-Soldier has a real world focus This makes the Soldiers professional and skilled when they do face situations in the field   

“Anyone who joins the National Guard or military after September 11 expects they will be deployed,” said Bohmer  “Before that, deployments were something you really didn’t expect out of a service time in the Guard”

One of the other important issues faced in the battalion is retention of the troops within the BSB  “We have more leaving the battalion than the usual ‘year-to-year’ expectations,” noted Bohmer  “For some it was due to their end of time in service, others were held on longer due to the deployment  Minnesota is leading the country in retention and recruiting I know they will bring on skilled and professional Soldiers to join our battalion”

Lt. Col. Bohmer was born in Moorhead, Minn and enlisted in the Active Duty Army Sept 11, 1983  In July 2003, Lt. Col. Bohmer deployed to Bosnia for Serbia Force XIV Lt. Col. Bohmer assumed command of the 134th Brigade Support Battalion Jan 12

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