| Annual Training brings new challenges to 1st BCT
The 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division (1/34th BCT), currently scheduled to begin a one year deployment in the summer of 2011, is undergoing intense Annual Training this month at Camp Ripley, Minnesota
Battalions of the 1/34th BCT began rotating through Camp Ripley July 31 and will continue until September 2
Every year Annual Training encompasses everything from common soldier tasks, such as firing your assigned weapon, to more specialized tasks, such as combat medic training
"The soldiers of the BCT were exposed to all the tasks necessary for success in a counter-insurgency environment," said Col Eric Kerska, commander of the 1/34th BCT "They grew as small teams and now know exactly what to work on over the coming year"
This year however, brought something more The brigade developed a training plan to include participating in the Army National Guard Exportable Combat Training Capability, or XCTC
As part of the ever-changing overseas contingency operations, XCTC brings the most up-to-date, theater-specific training to mobilizing Army National Guard units
XCTC provides total immersion training Soldiers are surrounded by the look, smell, sound, and feel of their projected combat tour As part of this immersion, Soldiers interact with role-players consisting of Americans and foreign nationals to make the exercise as real as possible
"I could not be happier with the training provided by XCTC," said Kerska " XCTC is absolutely the finest pre-mob training ever offered to this brigade"
With the help of this new tool, the 1/34th BCT will be able to not just meet, but exceed, prior training expectations and standards put in place by the Army
By Maj Paul Rickert, 1/34 BCT Public Affairs Officer
10 Aug, 2010
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Learning to instruct professionalism and discipline
Posted: 2017-04-19 02:15 PM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - It was a challenging and rewarding two weeks for members attending the Army National Guard Funeral Honors Instructor Course, April 1-14, at Camp Ripley.
Soldiers of National Guard units from all over the United States took part in the course designed to educate team leaders in a variety of funeral honor detail tasks, traditions and responsibilities.
"It's a stressful course, but for our job, we have to be prepared to do our job under stress; and we all really benefitted from that," said Class Honor Grad, Sgt. Ryan Valline of the 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry.
Chaplains support Muslim Soldiers by finding common ground
Posted: 2017-04-18 01:42 PM
ROSEMOUNT, Minn. - The Soldiers of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division had a unique opportunity to speak with one of the U.S. Army's five Muslim chaplains April 7-10, 2017. U.S. Army Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Khallid Shabazz, I Corps deputy command chaplain, travelled from Fort Lewis, Washington, to Minnesota to provide professional development for the division chaplain section.
"Soldiers perform at a higher level when they are spiritually fit," said Minnesota National Guard Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Buddy Winn, the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division command chaplain. "And, it's our job as chaplains to make sure Soldiers have their spiritual needs met, regardless of faith. Having Chaplain Shabazz here as a Muslim Chaplain provides the diversity in religious background that we can't provide internally."
There are five major religions supported by the chaplaincy: Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist, but over 200 religions are recognized. Chaplains can only perform services for their particular religion, but they can provide support for all Soldiers, regardless of their faith.
Howling with pride - Minnesota Service members honored by MN Timberwolves
Posted: 2017-04-14 04:25 PM
ST. PAUL, Minn. - For the third consecutive year, Minnesota service members were honored with on-court recognition and other VIP treatments as part of the Minnesota Timberwolves Heroes of the Pack Program.
"We are very appreciative for what the military does for us, and we wanted to give something back to honor the military," said Roger McCabe, who along with wife, Nancy, is a driving force behind the recognitions through the FastBreak Foundation and Roger & Nancy McCabe Foundation. "This is our way of doing it."
Having lived through the Vietnam War - and with Roger and Nancy both having parents who served - the two philanthropists decided a few years back to build upon existing recognition efforts already underway by the Timberwolves. And with that, recognitions that were typically happening at Target Center in November expanded to include Minnesota Service members from all branches at every home game - a total of 41 honorees per season.
Red Bulls move vehicles for partnership exercises
Posted: 2017-04-12 03:22 PM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - Soldiers of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division wrapped up a week-long rail load operation Sunday at Camp Ripley in preparation for several upcoming international training exercises.
Vehicle crewmen from the 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry based in Moorhead, worked with railroad personnel from BNSF Railway to stage, load and secure their equipment in preparation for movement.
"It was a lot of work and lessons learned, but it was awesome seeing the completed product," said Sgt. 1st Class Brian Reiten, readiness non-commissioned officer for C Co., 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry.