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Minnesota National Guard
1st Armored Brigade Combat Team of the
34th Infantry Division        


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The 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team conducts its annual training at Camp Ripley Training Center. Photo by: Spc. William Boecker
Unit Information

The Bloomington-based 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team of the 34th Infantry Division consists of eight major subordinate commands. More than 5,000 Soldiers make up the brigade's combined arms, cavalry, artillery, engineer and brigade support battalions.

2014 Accomplishments

In 2014 the 1st ABCT underwent significant realignment by adding a third artillery battery to the 1st Battalion, 125th Field Artillery, standing up the 334th Brigade Engineer Battalion - which replaced the Brigade Special Troops Battalion - and entering an aligned-for-training relationship with the 1st Battalion, 145th Armor Regiment, of the Ohio Army National Guard.

There are eight major support commands that now make up the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team: Headquarters and Headquarters Company in Bloomington; 334th Brigade Engineer Battalion in Bloomington; 134th Brigade Support Battalion at Camp Ripley; 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 194th Armor Regiment in Brainerd; 1st Squadron, 94th Cavalry in Duluth; 1st Battalion, 125th Field Artillery in New Ulm; 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry in Moorhead and 1st Battalion, 145th Armor Regiment of the Ohio Army National Guard. The Mankato-based 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry is a Minnesota Army National Guard Battalion which administratively falls under the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team but is in an aligned for training relationship with the Iowa Army National Guard's 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the 34th Infantry Division.

As part of the U.S. Army's 2020 Force Structure Realignment, the 1st ABCT transitioned from a traditional combat brigade into a self-contained combined arms formation. The new force structure has expanded the brigade's capability and increased its engineer assets with two engineer companies and a battalion-level staff capable of engineer planning and command and control. The aligned-for-training relationship with the 145th Armor Regiment has increased the brigade's combat power and maneuverability by adding a third combined arms battalion. Additionally, the brigade completed more than 25 tactical system upgrades and fielding of new equipment in 2014. The new equipment and upgrades include radar, tactical data systems and updates to the armored vehicle fleet.

Another noteworthy training accomplishment in 2014 was completed by the former BSTB's Unmanned Aircraft Systems platoon in A Company. After having increased the number of hours flown during an annual training period by more than 60 percent and having become more proficient at providing reconnaissance and aerial observance support to sister units, the UAS platoon anticipates being ranked as one of the top platoons nationally.

2015 Objectives

In 2015 the brigade will conduct a Warfighter exercise and an Exportable Combat Training Capability exercise at Camp Ripley Training Center in preparation for the brigade's National Training Center rotation at Fort Irwin, Calif., in 2016. The training focus in 2015 will shift from squad- and section-level training to platoon training. The brigade will refine its core competencies in combined arms maneuver and wide-area security through offensive, defensive and stability operations.



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Unit Address: 3300 W. 98th St. Bloomington, MN 55431
Unit Telephone: 651-268-8773
Recruiter Telephone: 1-800-GO-GUARD

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Minnesota National Guard Leadership

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Minnesota Adjutant General Maj. Gen.
Richard C. Nash
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Command Sgt. Maj. Douglas Wortham
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Unit Command Structure

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Unit Leadership

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Col.
Robert Intress

Commander
1/34 ABCT
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Command Sgt. Maj. John Lepowsky
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1/34 ABCT
Biography.pdf

Major Unit Equipment

M1 Abrams Tank

Bradley Fighting Vehicle

M109 Paladin

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Unit Occupational Specialties

11B, Infantryman

13F, Fire Support specialist

21B, Combat Engineer

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Unit Articles

Diversity from within the ranks
02/17/2015

Landmark year for the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team
02/13/2015

1/34th ABCT refines mission command operability through communications exercise
12/01/2014

1/34th Brigade Special Troop Battalion Reorganizes; The Army of 2020
10/18/2014

Largest Minnesota National Guard subordinate command leads U.S. units in readiness
10/05/2014

1/34 ABCT Contributes to NATO Interoperability
09/04/2014

Soldiers learn life-saving skills during annual training
06/25/2014

1st ABCT bids farewell to one leader, welcomes another
06/18/2014

National Guard leaders bring training to the table
05/28/2014

Hmong Citizen-Soldier shares his experience
05/01/2014

Minnesota Guardsman takes pride in her cultural heritage
02/19/2014

Funding rift pits active-duty military against Guard, Reserve (video)
02/01/2014

Prepared for the road
01/14/2014

Family Matters Go Beyond the Uniform
12/04/2013

Traditional Weapon Gets a New Twist
11/20/2013

Crossing the Line
09/05/2013

Camp Ripley Hosts Camps for Military Youth
08/19/2013

Single Soldier Strong Bonds is A-1
08/15/2013

The art of communication
08/15/2013

Camp Ripley is training home to out-of-state Soldiers
08/12/2013

National Guard Soldier observes Ramadan during Annual Training
08/08/2013

Tankers Conduct Winter Operations
03/10/2013

Red Bulls Visit Local Veterans Home for the Holidays
11/18/2012

Editorial: Commit, recommit to jobs for veterans
11/14/2012

Red Bull Assn. celebrates 65 years
10/05/2012

Brigade Special Troops Battalion holds NCO induction ceremony
10/05/2012

Soldiers from 1st Brigade complete 90-day reintegration training
10/04/2012

1st Brigade Combat Team Honors Outgoing Commander and Welcomes New
08/15/2012

Session Helps National Guard Members Find Jobs
07/21/2012

Our view: D.C. delegation scores for Minnesota soldiers
05/29/2012

Eriks Correspondence Corner: Minnesota National Guard and Trade with the European Union
05/18/2012

Warrant Officers provide stable unit foundation
05/16/2012

Ask Matt: I'm back from military duty and need help finding a job
05/15/2012

Minn. Guard veterans get help in return to family life
05/14/2012

Area Red Bulls come home
05/10/2012

Red Bulls back on their home turf
05/09/2012

Welcome Home to the Red Bulls
05/07/2012

Mission Accomplished: Return of the 1st Brigade Combat Team
05/06/2012

National Guard soldiers return to support network aimed at helping them find jobs
05/03/2012

Faith communities plan military family support
05/03/2012

Local Troops Return Home (video)
05/01/2012

Soldiers return home from Iraq, Kuwait
05/01/2012

Chilly weather doesn't hamper warm welcome for returning soldiers
04/29/2012

Moorhead man who lost sight in Iraq War to take part in Walk for Vision
04/27/2012

Returning veterans seek jobs
04/25/2012

Welcome home plans forming
04/24/2012

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon gears up as soldiers return
04/23/2012

National Guard soldiers return to Minnesota
04/23/2012

Awaiting loved ones, Red Bulls families cope with isolation
04/19/2012

Veteran service officers will meet returning troops
04/18/2012

Minnesota National Guard Soldiers Return
04/15/2012

Under overcast skies, a bright day for returning Minnesota Soldiers and families
04/15/2012

First Red Bulls home
04/15/2012

Minnesota National Guard prepares for first group of arriving soldiers
04/14/2012

Red Bulls for hire
03/22/2012

MN Lawmakers Push for Troops to Receive Promised Paid Leave
03/16/2012

Red Bull Express
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The official command information publication of the 1/34th Brigade Combat Team, 2006-2007.

 
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