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


Last vehicle out of Iraq

Armor crewmen of the 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry Regiment move out into the snow for winter drivers training and tank operations along the armor trail at Camp Ripley (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Anthony Housey)
Unit Information

The 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team of the 34th Infantry Division (1/34th ABCT) is an Army National Guard brigade headquartered in Bloomington, Minnesota. The 1/34th ABCT is capable of supporting the U.S. Army with a trained and ready combat force and supports the State of Minnesota with troops capable of assisting civil authorities in times of emergency.

The 1/34th ABCT's task organization looks much different moving into training year 2015 (TY15). In the new fiscal year (October 1, 2014), 1/34th ABCT added a third artillery battery to the 1-125th FA and stood up a Brigade Engineer Battalion (BEB) which replaced the Brigade Special Troops Battalion (BSTB). Additionally, the 1st Battalion, 145th Armor Regiment (1-145 AR) from the Ohio Army National Guard is in an aligned for training relationship with the 1/34th ABCT.

The changes with the 1/34th ABCT stem from the Army's 2020 Force Structure Realignment announced in June 2013 by the Chief of Staff of the Army. The new armored brigade structure consists of seven battalions: three combined arms, one cavalry (RSTA), one artillery battalion, one engineer battalion and one brigade support battalion. The armored brigade combat team is the largest brigade combat team formation with more than 5,000 Soldiers assigned.

Eight major units now make up the 1/34th ABCT: Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC) headquartered in Bloomington; 334th Brigade Engineer Battalion (334 BEB) headquartered in Bloomington; 1/34th Brigade Support Battalion (1/34th BSB) headquartered at Camp Ripley; 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 194th Armor Regiment (1-194 AR CAB) headquartered in Brainerd; 1st Squadron, 94th Cavalry (1-94 CAV) headquartered in Duluth; 1st Battalion, 125th Field Artillery (1-125 FA) headquartered in New Ulm; 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry (2-136 IN CAB) headquartered in Moorhead and 1st Battalion, 145th Armor Regiment (1-145 AR CAB) from the Ohio National Guard which is in an aligned for training relationship with the 1/34th ABCT.

The new reorganization has been described as one of the Army's largest organizational changes since World War II. The end state for this Army transformation is to have modular combat brigades that are self-contained combined arms formations. There are three types of BCTs in today's modular Army; Armored Brigade Combat Teams (ABCTs), Infantry Brigade Combat Teams (IBCTs which includes light, mountain, air assault and airborne) and Stryker Brigade Combat Teams (SBCTs).

The 1/34th ABCT will expand the brigade's fires capability by adding a third battery to the existing 1-125 FA fires battalion. The addition of the BEB will give the 1/34th ABCT more engineer capabilities, including two engineer companies and a battalion-level staff capable of engineer planning and command and control. The BEB will also be home to the 1/34th ABCT's military intelligence and signal companies. The aligned for training relationship with the 1-145 AR will increase the brigade's combat power and maneuver capability by providing a third combined arms battalion.

The 1/34th ABCT is one of seven Army National Guard Armored Brigade Combat Teams prepared to deploy and conduct decisive action and sustainable land operations.

2013 Accomplishments

In 2013, the Bloomington-based brigade continued its reset operations after returning from deployment in 2012. The unit focused heavily on personnel readiness while simultaneously improving individual and collective skill proficiency.

The brigade is one of seven Army National Guard Armored Brigade Combat Teams. In 2013, Soldiers began new equipment fielding of the M2A2 and M3A2 ODS SA (Operation Desert Storm-Situational Awareness) Bradley Fighting Vehicle as well as the M3A3 Bradley Cavalry Fighting Vehicles, M1117 Armored Security Vehicles and Assault Breacher Vehicles.

The brigade celebrated its heritage this year by honoring the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg and is preparing to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the construction of the New Ulm Armory in 2014.

2014 Objectives

As the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team transforms into the Army's 2020 Force Structure Realignment, the brigade and its units stand ready to provide personnel and equipment in support of federal, state and community missions in order to assist and/or protect the citizens of Minnesota and the United States.

The 1/34th ABCT is comprised of capable men and women, many of whom have served together during one or more deployments. The brigade recognizes the great cohesion and camaraderie that results from these shared experiences which greatly contribute to our success at home and abroad.

The brigade has also learned a number of important lessons through deployments over the past 13 years. One of the most important being the invaluable support and assistance that our military members have and continue to receive from their families, employers, colleges and universities, neighbors and the generous citizens of Minnesota.

The next two years will be an exciting time for 1st Brigade. Its Soldiers are about to embark on the best training opportunities that the Army has to offer with the Brigade Warfighter Exercise, an XCTC rotation and a National Training Center rotation.

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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

Joint Force Headquarters
- 34th Infantry Division
- - 1/34th Armored Brigade Combat Team

Unit Leadership

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Col.
Robert Intress

Commander
1/34 ABCT

Command Sgt. Maj. John Lepowsky
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1/34 ABCT
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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

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

Faith communities plan military family support
05/03/2012

National Guard soldiers return to support network aimed at helping them find jobs
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
The official command information publication of the 1/34th Armored Brigade Combat Team, 2007-2012.


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

 
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