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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: 2017-04-28 12:38 PM MANKATO, Minn. - Commissioned leaders of the Minnesota National Guard convened for the 112th General Conference of the National Guard Association of Minnesota at the Verizon Wireless Center and Hilton Garden Inn, Mankato, on April 22, 2017.
The annual gathering of association members - who serve as advocates for the needs of Soldiers, Airmen and their families - includes a business meeting, commanders march, formal dining event and transfer of responsibility to the chapter's new president.
The day's event began with a business meeting, which focused on the association's mission of educating and informing legislators on the issues facing the current and future role of the National Guard in serving Minnesota communities. The strategic planning meeting was attended by Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Richard Nash, his staff and unit commanders.
Posted: 2017-04-26 02:09 PM CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - The Department of Defense announced that Camp Ripley was selected as the winner of the Secretary of Defense Environmental Award for Natural Resources Conservation, Large Installation.
The awards recognize individuals, teams and installations for their exceptional environmental achievements and innovative, cost-effective environmental practices.
"The winners' efforts strengthen the Department of Defense's position as a resourceful environmental steward, both at home and abroad, and demonstrate our continued commitment to fulfilling mission needs through advanced environmental practices and technologies," stated James A. MacStravic, performing the duties of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics.
Posted: 2017-04-26 10:57 AM COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. - Staff Sgt. Nicquie Neely has been working with victims of sexual assault for four years in the Minnesota National Guard and also volunteers as a victim advocate in the community. As a victim advocate, it's her job to believe and support victims through a difficult process that can often involve extensive medical care and legal proceedings.
"Ever since I joined the Guard and heard about the SHARP program and learned what a victim advocate was, I always wanted to be one," said Neely. "And then I learned that you had to be an E-6 to be in that position, so the minute I got promoted I asked my commander if I could go to the training."
Neely is a combat medic and the full-time training and administration NCO with Company C, 134th Brigade Support Battalion. In addition to military victim advocate training, Neely also attends regular training with the civilian organization she volunteers for - SOS Sexual Violence Services in Ramsey County.
Posted: 2017-04-24 10:43 AM Washington - Members of the Minnesota National Guard and the Air Force Reserve traveled to Washington D.C. with the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (also known as the JCRC), to visit the Holocaust Museum, April 4, 2017, to honor the victims of the Holocaust. Also, traveling with this group were St. Paul and Minneapolis police officers along with students from various high schools around the state. For those in uniform that day, it was an opportunity to see, hear and experience the stories of victims and survivors of the Holocaust.
Each Service member who attended was asked to bring back a summary of their experience in the form of a presentation, professional discussion or briefing to their respective unit in order to help other Guard members better understand and remember that horrible event, to honor the courage of the victims and survivors, and to remain vigilant as members of the U.S. military.
"The honor and privilege of accompanying members of the Minnesota National Guard to the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. met so many goals," said Steve Hunegs, the executive director of the JCRC. "I wanted to reinforce the importance of the commitment of the U.S. military to democracy. After all, it was the Allies that defeated Nazi Germany and ultimately put an end to the Holocaust."