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Minnesota National Guard
Reset Year Complete

Minnesota National Guard CAMP RIPLEY- The 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 194th Armor Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team finished its annual training, June 29, 2013 marking the end of its "reset" year

"Annual Training this year was about building foundations," said Army Lt. Col. Joshua M Simer, the battalion commander "This was a reset year, in which we just came back from deployment and started the process of preparing for our next possible deployment For that reason, we focused on foundational tasks like personnel readiness, individual tasks, and crew or small-group tasks I am pleased with the results We have built the foundation we need to progress in our training and to perform the missions our Nation and State may give us"

The term "reset" represents a series of actions taken after deployment to restore Army units to a level of personnel and equipment readiness that permits the continuation of training for future missions The 1-194 returned to Minnesota one year ago from its 12-month deployment to Kuwait in support of Operation New Dawn, the drawdown of US forces from Iraq

On the second day of annual training, the Commander of the1st Armored Brigade Combat Team , Army Col Jon A Jensen presided over the battalion's assumption of command ceremony signifying the official transfer of authority and responsibility of the 1-194 Armor Regiment to Lt. Col. Joshua Simer

"When this battalion command position came available there was only one person I had in mind to assume command of this battalion and it was Lt. Col. Joshua Simer," said Jensen

Several different highlights came out of the annual training period to include the 34th Infantry Division Command Sergeant Major Joel M Arnold's participation in the unit's Non-Commissioned Officer induction ceremony, June 15, at Camp Ripley's Deparcq Woods Amphitheater More than 50 new non-commissioned officers joined the corps

Throughout the duration of annual training the unit hosted 1st Lt Christopher Barnard from D Squadron of the Royal Mercian and Lancastrian Yeomanry of the Royal Armoured Corps Barnard is a calvary reconnaissance scout and his regiment is part of the United Kingdom's Territorial Army The Territorial Army's mission is very similar to the mission of the Minnesota Army National Guard Barnard trained for two weeks at Camp Ripley as part of a United States/United Kingdom Reserve Officer Exchange Program

"Training alongside the Soldiers of this battalion was a great experience and I was fortunate enough to train with almost every unit," said Barnard "I now have a better understanding of what a combined arms battalion brings to the fight"

On June 26, 1-194th teamed up with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve for an employer orientation day at Camp Ripley More than 50 employers of the unit's Soldiers came to Camp Ripley to observe and participate in training with their National Guard employees

The 1-194 Armor Regiment ended its 2013 Annual Training with a battalion award ceremony, June 28, in which Soldiers were recognized for their excellent performance on past deployments, while attending military schools and during this annual training period

The Sauk Centre-based C Company received its Meritorious Unit Citation and Iraq Campaign Streamer for its commendable achievements while deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2006-2007

The 2013 Top Gun Tank Crew Trophy was awarded to Staff Sgt Matthew D Krebsbach's and his crew for their impressive performance during Tank Table VI Gunnery Qualification This newly-formed tank crew successfully completed first-run qualification (Q1) and shot 5/6 on their day engagements and 4/4 on their night engagements for a combined score of 869 out of a possible 1000 points

The 1-194th had a very robust 15-day annual training completing: Tank Table VI Gunnery, Mortar Gunnery, Scout Gunnery Tables 5 & 6, Sniper Qualification Tables 1-4, National Guard Reaction Force (NGRF) training, Combatives Training, Combat Lifesaver Training, Individual Weapons Qualification, Individual Soldier Readiness events, Sexual Assault Stand Down Leader Led Engagement/Training, drivers license training and much more

July 12, 2013
By Army Capt John Hobot
Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs

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