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More than 100 Soldiers participated in the exercise, which required setting up more than 75 mission command computer systems and devices in order to ensure operability
Integrating the battalions' communication systems with the brigade's systems is crucial when it comes to managing the flow of information on the battlefield
"This communications exercise allowed the brigade the opportunity to establish and test our various mission command systems so that we could validate that our systems were working correctly prior to our Brigade Warfighter Exercise in April," said Maj Ryan Rossman, 1/34th ABCT operations officer
Throughout the day brigade information technology specialists documented system shortcomings and remediated technical issues that were identified throughout the network
"The brigade commander needs to know all of the combat information so he can deploy his units efficiently," said Master Sgt Mike Couture, brigade communications non-commissioned officer in charge "When we know our battalions can talk to the brigade in real time, the commander can be assured that he has all of the command and control information he needs"
By fine tuning communication operations, the brigade will be more prepared to achieve success at future, large-scale training events such as the Warfighter exercise and Exportable Combat Training Capability exercise in 2015, both of which will lead up to a National Training Center rotation in 2016
Additionally, Soldiers used this opportunity to build relationships and share their technical expertise, Couture said The cross training that happens with Soldiers that hold a wide variety of IT jobs in their civilian careers creates a diverse drill weekend work climate benefiting all involved
"With technology constantly changing, the skill sets of our Soldiers are perishable if we let them sit idle," said Lt Col Jon Ostercamp, out-going brigade executive officer "This is why it is incredibly important to continuously train and fix any problems that occur so our Soldiers are updating their skills as well"
December 1, 2014 by Spc William Boecker
1st ABCT 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.