|1st Armored Brigade Combat Team of the
34th Infantry Division
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)
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.
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.
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.
Unit Address: 3300 W. 98th St. Bloomington, MN 55431
Unit Telephone: 651-268-8773
Recruiter Telephone: 1-800-GO-GUARD