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1/34th Brigade Special Troop Battalion Reorganizes; The Army of 2020

334th BEB CAMP RIPLEY, Minn- The 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division (1/34th ABCT) completed its official reorganization of the 1/34th Brigade Special Troops Battalion (1/34th BSTB) to the 334th Brigade Engineer Battalion (334th BEB), Oct 18, 2014

"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



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