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1/34 ABCT Contributes to NATO Interoperability

Minnesota National Guard Zagreb, Croatia - 21 Soldiers from the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division (1/34 ABCT) participated in Immediate Response 2014 in Zagreb, Croatia

The United States European Command's joint training and exercise program was instrumental in the planning and execution of Immediate Response 2014

The command post and tactical field training exercise involved more than 900 military personnel from 11 NATO member and partner nations to include: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Denmark, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Slovenia, United Kingdom and the United States

The exercise prepared participants to operate successfully in a joint, multinational, interagency and integrated operational environment Additionally, multinational commanders and staff sections were tested in joint military planning and mission execution

"This year's operation focused on a peace support operation which was executed from two separate countries simultaneously," said Capt Mark Gile, Exercise Assistant Operations Officer "One Brigade Task Force "Bayonet" conducted operations from Postojna, Slovenia, while a second Brigade Task Force "Shield" conducted operations from Zagreb, Croatia," added Gile

The Minnesota National Guard's mission during the exercise was to provide convoy escort security and force protection as 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry in support of a Multinational Support Brigade know as Task Force Shield

"The Minnesota National Guard contingent was made up of officers and enlisted Soldiers from almost every battalion within the 1/34 ABCT," said Sgt 1st Class Rian Hofstad, Exercise Observer Controller Trainer

"All warfighting function staff sections remained actively engaged throughout the exercise as enemy and friendly information flowed into our tactical operations center," said Lt Col Jason Benson, Exercise Battalion Commander "Our staff sections analyzed and de-conflicted information in order to develop a common operating picture towards a common goal - mission accomplishment," commented Benson

It is no secret that military operations are complex, human endeavors characterized by the continuous, mutual give and take, moves, and countermoves among all participants This exercise better prepared NATO allies and regional partners in multinational force cohesion and cooperation during times of crisis

September 4, 2014
by Capt John Hobot
1st Armored Brigade Combat Team



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