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"This unit reorganization lays the groundwork for meeting the Army's 2020 vision in which brigades are self-contained combined arms formations," said Col Robert Intress, 1/34th ABCT Commander
"The Brigade Engineer Battalion now adds two engineer companies to the brigade, as well as a battalion-level staff capable of engineer planning and command and controlthe unit will also have a forward support, military intelligence, signal and headquarters company," continued Intress
During the ceremony, Command Sgt Maj Joseph Hjelmstad, 334th BEB Command Sergeant Major, presented the Battalion Commander, Lt Col Schemenauer with the 1/34th BSTB colors to be cased for the final time Col Intress then uncovered the 334th BEB colors and handed them off to Schemenauer, officially signifying the reorganization of the 1/34th BSTB to the 334th BEB
"This transformation will make us a more combat-ready and competent force, capable of meeting any challenge that our adversaries present," said Schemenauer
Recent changes within the 1/34th ABCT and this specific reorganization stem from the Army's 2020 structure realignment announcement in June 2013 by the Chief of Staff of the Army
The Army 2020 is a steady vision that transitions the Army into a future force of adaptive leaders and organizations with modernized equipment and revolutionized training in order to better strengthen the Army of tomorrow
Intress concluded his remarks with this message, "Through dedication and professionalism, the 1/34th Brigade Special Troops Battalion has honored the Red Bull legacy and made a profound impact on world history Today we officially stand up the 334th Brigade Engineer Battalion, but tomorrow we must never forget the legacy of the Brigade Special Troops Battalion"
The next two years will be an exciting time for the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team Its Soldiers and leaders will have the opportunity to participate in the best training the Army has to offer with a brigade Warfighter exercise, an eXportable Combat Training Capability exercise in 2015 and a National Training Center rotation in 2016
October 18, 2014 by 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team public affairs
Posted: 2017-03-24 10:19 AM CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - Every spring Camp Ripley begins its annual controlled burn program to help reduce the risk of wildfire during training.
"Usually the burns are completed every spring before the summer annual training season begins," said Tim Notch, training area coordinator on Camp Ripley. "However, the warmer weather conditions provide a nice opportunity for preventative burns earlier this season."
As in years past Camp Ripley will conduct controlled burns on approximately 13,000 acres of the 53,000-acre military reservation. The burns are done in coordination with the staffs of the Camp Ripley Department of Public Works and the Camp Ripley Environmental Department along with support from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Posted: 2017-03-23 09:46 AM DULUTH, Minn. - Pfc. Trevor Nelson received the Minnesota Distinguished Recruiting Ribbon and a Minnesota Recruiting and Retention Battalion medallion for excellence from Command Sgt. Maj. Curtis Serbus, March 18, 2017, at the Duluth Armory. Nelson earned these awards as part of the online referral system, Leads 2 Enlistment for referring four friends who have joined the Minnesota National Guard.
"I talked to some buddies in my school about the Guard. They liked the benefits, so I put their info in the app and let my recruiter take over." said Nelson. "I thought it would be fun to serve with friends and help them figure out their path in life."
Nelson is currently a senior at Cloquet Senior High School and assigned to the Recruit Sustainment Program in Duluth. He attended basic training at Fort Benning in the summer of 2016 with follow-on training in the summer of 2017 to become an infantryman.
Posted: 2017-03-10 08:50 AM LITCHFIELD, Minn. -Bruce Cottington, a Navy veteran of WWII and Korea, donated a bronze bust of Gen. John W. Vessey, Jr. to the Litchfield National Guard unit during the armory's public open house event March 4. Cottington, a Litchfield resident, commands the Minnesota Chapter of the Veterans of Underage Military Service. VUMS members enlisted in the military prior to the minimum age requirement in order to serve their country during WWII. Cottington received the bust from Vessey, a fellow VUMS member. Both enlisted in the military at the age of 16.
The highlight of the 334th Brigade Engineer Battalion open house was the unveiling of the sculpture. The unit was very supportive when Cottington proposed donating the sculpture. The Litchfield community has always been very supportive of the National Guard over the years, so the open house was a chance to say 'thanks' to their neighbors. "This was a great opportunity to honor Bruce and to honor Gen. Vessey," said B Co., 334th Brigade Engineer Battalion Commander, Capt. Seth Goreham. Bravo Company also has a tight relationship with the local American Legion and VFW. Many Litchfield citizens are former members of Bravo Company, or the unit's predecessors A Co, 682nd Engineer Battalion, and the 849th Mobility Augmentation Company.
Posted: 2017-03-08 03:29 PM CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - The garrison command team of Camp Ripley, family, friends and colleagues from the Minnesota National Guard attended a Change of Responsibility ceremony between Command Sgt. Maj. Mike Worden and Command Sgt. Maj. Matt Erickson, March 5, 2017, at Camp Ripley.
The ceremony was an official "passing of the sword" from one senior noncommissioned officer to the next and assumption of the duties and responsibilities that go along with the position of Garrison Command Sergeant Major.
As with many military ceremonies those in attendance welcomed Erickson as a new member of the team and bid farewell, recognized and thanked Worden for his service.