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Bearcats toast mission success

Bearcat MAHNOMEN, Minn- Soldiers, families and friends of the 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry Regiment attended the unit's annual Bearcat Dinner, October 18, 2014

The dinner, a tradition for the battalion, celebrated the proud lineages of the unit, as well as highlighted the accomplishments they have made over the past year

"We have devoted a great deal of effort to pay attention to our unit readiness," said Sgt. 1st Class Shane Haugen, admin NCO for the battalion

In addition to weapons qualification, vehicle and driver certifications and common soldiering tasks, each unit must meet administrative, medical and physical readiness as well

"These are all things that we need to focus on individually and collectively to stay mission ready," added Haugen

The battalion is just one of the maneuver formations within the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division The Soldiers of the Brigade will undergo several exercises in the next two years leading up to a major training exercise at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif, in 2016 Prior to their culmination of training the brigade will take part in a Brigade Warfighter Exercise at Camp Ripley early in 2015

"It will be a 21-day annual training period for our battalions and it's really focused on what we call platoon-collective training," said Col Robert Intress, commander of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division

Additionally, Soldiers of the Minnesota National guard will conduct an eXportable Combat Training Capability rotation known as XCTC which will provide a virtual battlefield designed to test operational and battle management skills

"We exceeded the readiness standard aim points," said Lt. Col. Chad Sackett, former 2-136 battalion commander "We returned to an austere field environment and conducted Bradley Fighting Vehicle certification, tank gunnery and squad live fire, which will set the battalion up for success in the coming training years"

The battalion concluded the event with an awards ceremony, and change of command between Lt. Col. Chad Sackett and Lt. Col. Jason Benson of Moorhead

"Everyone is excited for the opportunity to go to NTC and demonstrate what all our hard work has been for," concluded Benson




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