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


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A combat engineer with the 334th Brigade Engineer Battalion rushes from cover to breach a wire obstacle during a training exercise at Camp Ripley on May 21, 2015. (Minnesota National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Anthony Housey)
Unit Information

1ABCT unit magazine 2015.pdf

The Bloomington-based 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, consists of eight major subordinate commands. More than 5,500 Soldiers make up the brigade's combined arms, cavalry, artillery, engineer and brigade support battalions, constituting more than half of the Minnesota Army National Guard's total force structure.

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.

2015 Accomplishments

In 2015, the 1st ABCT conducted three large-scale training events in preparation for the brigade's 2016 National Training Center rotation at Fort Irwin, California.

The Brigade Warfighter was held in April at Camp Ripley Training Center for seven of the brigade's eight battalions, including the 1st Battalion, 145th Armor Regiment, Ohio National Guard, which is in an aligned-for-training relationship with the 1st ABCT. The Warfighter enabled the brigade to validate the interoperability of its combined arms formation in a command and control driven combat scenario.

The Exportable Combat Training Capabilities exercise, known as XCTC, occurred at CRTC from May through August. The brigade underwent intense field training to include calling for fire, movement to contact, reconnaissance, vehicle recovery and obstacle breaching. The training lanes, designed by the 1st ABCT and approved by First Army, ensured brigade units are prepared for NTC.

Additionally, the 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry, executed a Joint Readiness Training Center rotation with the Iowa National Guard's 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division. The training at Fort Polk, Louisiana, provided realistic, joint and combined arms training.

To meet the Army's equipment modernization strategy objectives, the brigade completed 402 tactical system upgrades and fielded more than $40 million in new equipment. The upgrades included radar, tactical data systems and modifications of its armored vehicle fleet.

2016 Objectives

The 1st ABCT will remain focused on personnel readiness. Improvement of individual Soldier skills, collective training, crew qualification and stabilization will be essential for a successful rotation at the National Training Center.

NTC will be the culmination of two years of intense planning, training and preparation. The brigade will execute force-on-force maneuver and company-level live fire throughout the expansive Fort Irwin Training Center. Through a tough, realistic training environment and "near peer" world class opposition force, brigade Soldiers will encounter mock villages, displaced persons and enemy forces that will ultimately validate and prepare the brigade for future operations.

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Unit Address: 3300 W. 98th St. Bloomington, MN 55431
Unit Telephone: 651-268-8709
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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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Col. Robert Intress
Commander
1/34 ABCT
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 Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph J. Hjelmstad
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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

Guard unit proudly carries Heritage Torch
08/17/2016

Minnesota National Guard executes recovery mission following NTC rotation
07/15/2016

Two years of hard work pays off for Red Bulls at NTC
07/01/2016

Here comes the boom!
06/21/2016

Supporting a Brigade Training for Combat Readiness
06/20/2016

The wait is over; Minnesota Red Bulls enter "The Box"
06/13/2016

Movement complete, let the battle begin
06/08/2016

Commanders prepare for daunting desert challenge
02/25/2016

Leader training prepares 1ABCT soldiers for NTC rotation
02/19/2016

Minnesota and Iowa UAS operators train together at Camp Ripley
02/10/2016

Simulations training gets Minnesota Guard ready for battle
01/28/2016

Soldier ingenuity leads to breakthrough in rail operations
12/07/2015

Red Bulls train for readiness and resiliency
11/30/2015

Cooks Get Fired Up for Competition Comeback
07/15/2015

Large-scale exercises test 1/34th ABCT
06/29/2015

Director of the Army National Guard Visits Camp Ripley
06/17/2015

Thunder? It might be Camp Ripley: Sights, sounds and smells of training
06/03/2015

Camp Ripley sets the stage for major training exercise
05/28/2015

Preparation proves key when it comes to the Warfighter
04/18/2015

334th Brigade Engineer Battalion Celebrates Women's History
03/22/2015

Minnesota Guardsman overcomes severe injury with positive attitude, hard work
03/04/2015

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

The art of communication
08/15/2013

Single Soldier Strong Bonds is A-1
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

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

Red Bull Assn. celebrates 65 years
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

Minnesota National Guard prepares for ninth wave of returning 1st Brigade Combat Team soldiers
05/03/2012

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

UPDATE: Minnesota National Guard eighth wave of returning 1st Brigade Combat Team soldiers today, some 1.5 hours early
05/01/2012

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

Minnesota National Guard prepares for seventh, eighth waves of returning 1st Brigade Combat Team soldiers
04/30/2012

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

National Guard soldiers return to Minnesota
04/23/2012

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon gears up as soldiers return
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

First Red Bulls home
04/15/2012

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

Minnesota National Guard Soldiers Return
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

1st Brigade Combat Team moves forward with joint training
11/02/2011

Final wave of 1st Brigade Combat Team deploy to Kuwait (video)
08/30/2011

The final wave of 1st Brigade Combat Team soldiers scheduled to deploy in support of Operation New Dawn
08/26/2011

1BCT takes over mission in Kuwait
08/19/2011

Pentagon priest celebrates Mass at Fort McCoy with 1st Brigade Combat Team
06/23/2011

Military family prepares for husband's deployment
04/15/2011

Catholic Mass announced for deploying 1st Brigade Combat Team
04/08/2011

Red Bulls prepare for Iraq duty
11/27/2010

Annual Training brings new challenges to 1st BCT
08/10/2010

1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division Alerted
05/20/2010

Members of the 2005-2007 1/34 BCT deployment:
09/01/2009

Associated Press features 1st BCT in 7 part series
08/02/2008

Memorial dedicated to fallen Soldiers of the 1/34 BCT
06/20/2008

1/34th BCT Shout-Out from Mad Money
06/19/2008

Headquarters, 1st Brigade Combat Team Change of Command
10/23/2007

H.CON.RES.185 Commending the 1st Brigade Combat Team/34th Infantry Division
10/05/2007

1/34th BCT back on home soil
07/26/2007

Home - Sleepy Eye National Guard Soldiers back from Iraq
07/26/2007

Video: 1BCT Surgeon continues to care for troops.
07/21/2007

It's official: All 1/34th BCT Units
Are Back

07/19/2007

1/34th BCT Soldiers arrive around the clock
07/14/2007

Return of the 1st BCT Continues, 150 More are Back
07/13/2007

Return of the
1st Brigade Combat Team

07/06/2007

1/34th BCT Soldiers return to Volk Field
06/18/2007

1/34 BCT opens sixth water plant with international presence
06/16/2007

1-34th BCT surpasses $15 million in reenlistment bonuses
03/14/2007

1-34 BCT Opens Sixth Water Plant With International Presence
02/18/2007

Principal Deputy for the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Reserve Affairs and Brig. Gen. Trost, discuss extension of 1-34th BCT on WCCO
01/23/2007

Gates, Casey visit 1-34th BCT at Camp Adder
01/22/2007

Col Elicerio speaks about 1-BCT extension-5 Eyewitness News Video
01/17/2007

Col Elicerio speaks about 1-BCT extension - KARE 11 video
01/17/2007

Col. Elicerio speaks on the 1-34 Brigade Combat Team extension
01/17/2007

1-34 BCT Officially Extended in Iraq
01/16/2007

Extension of the 1/34th BCT
01/15/2007

Minnesota National Guard's 1st Brigade Combat Team to remain in Iraq until summer
01/11/2007

1st Brigade Combat Team to stay in Iraq until summer
01/11/2007

1st Brigade Combat Team Tour Extended
01/10/2007

Lt. Col. Herke, 1-34 BCT XO Podcast: Opening of Al Batha Park
10/12/2006

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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