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Minnesota National Guard
Red Bulls train for readiness and resiliency

CRTC CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - Soldiers of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division conducted maneuver training on Camp Ripley Nov. 21-22, 2015.

"It was a good weekend for our annual weapons qualification, we got a lot of tasks taken care of," said Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Lanoux with D Co. 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry.

The training is in preparation for the upcoming rotation at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif., next summer. Fort Irwin is one of several premier training sites for the joint and combined arms training opportunities focused on tough and realistic scenarios units may face in a full spectrum operation.

"There are several different pieces to getting ready, administrative, logistics, and operational are just a few," added Lanoux.

Maintenance on the brigade's vehicles has been a series of benchmarks and objectives for not only the traditional maintenance personnel of each unit, but the full-time technicians working as a part of the Consolidated Maintenance Area on Camp Ripley.

"It has been a great example of the 'team concept' for all of everyone involved," said Lt. Col. Phil Moran, Consolidated Maintenance Area supervisor. "We have worked hard as a fluid team to meet the requirements for success."

The purpose of the National Training Center is to assist unit commanders in developing training programs that provide effective results for building a competent, ready force. Troopers of the 1st Brigade's 1st Squadron -- 94th Cavalry exercised another opportunity to train on maneuver during their drill weekends at Camp Ripley.

Despite chilly temps, the squadron conducted passage of line techniques, reconnaissance and surveillance, and resupply operations; all of which they will need to be skilled on during training at Fort Irwin.

In addition to maneuver and physical operations training, the soldiers of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team took part of supportive and administrative training, ensuring that each soldier is fit and ready for the upcoming mission.

November 30, 2015
by Staff Sgt. Anthony Housey
Camp Ripley Public Affairs



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