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Desert Bulls Ride Again

The 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division (1/34th BCT) is ramping up for a deployment in support of Operation New Dawn in Kuwait Approximately 2,400 Soldiers are at Ft McCoy, Wis participating in a variety of events and required training tasks, which will prepare them for their mission to Kuwait

From being proficient with tasks in the field, such as manning an entry control point, first aid, convoy security and vehicle and personnel searches, the Citizen-Soldiers of the 1/34th BCT are getting adjusted to the challenges the next year may bring "For the average person here, the physical, professional and personal adjustments from going from citizen to Soldier has been demanding," said Sgt. 1st Class Donald Klick, Senior Paralegal Noncommissioned Officer, 1/34th BCT, Headquarters Company, "the ability to focus on the mission here has helped with the adjustment of becoming an active-duty Soldier"

The upcoming culminating training event (CTE) will be challenging and it will also involve the coordination of the entire brigade From the infantryman to the human resource specialists, the exercise will task everyone in the brigade to work together

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"The exercise will give the 1/34th BCT an insight to the operations downrange," said Sgt Sigfredo Guzman, Intelligence Sergeant, 197th Fires Brigade out of New Hampshire who is currently serving a tour in the area of operations the Red Bulls will go to "It helps them understand and experience what obstacles and pitfalls they may face and how to work around them"

The exercise will give the Soldiers within the tactical operations centers real-world scenarios that they will have to troubleshoot with the different companies and battalions within the brigade

"Operations can fail without clear and concise communication," said Sgt Guzman "This exercise can provide a location to work out all the issues with communicating throughout the different echelons of the brigade"

The Soldiers of the 1/34th BCT will be wrapping up their training in July and deploying for a yearlong tour in Kuwait All the Soldiers of the 1/34th BCT are expected to return early next summer

For more stories and photos about the Soldiers within the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division check them out on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/MinnesotaRedBulls

Story and photos by Staff Sgt Lynette Hoke
1/34th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
June 18, 2011








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