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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

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"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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