|1st Armored Brigade Combat Team of the
34th Infantry Division
Soldiers with with the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team prepare to enter "The Box" and begin their
National Training Center rotation in the Mojave Desert at Fort Irwin, California. (Minnesota National Guard photo by Capt. Melanie Nelson)
1ABCT NTC 16-07 exercise magazine.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.
After two years of intense planning and preparation, the 1/34th ABCT
executed its National Training Center rotation at Fort Irwin, California. By
completing the preparatory Warfighter and eXportable Combat Training Capabilities
exercises in 2015 - intense and complex exercises in their own rights - the brigade
was able to facilitate movement of more than 6,000 Soldiers and 1,400 pieces
of equipment to Fort Irwin to conduct the U.S. Army's premier training event for
armored brigade combat teams.
Equal in weight to the logistical operation of moving an entire brigade's worth of
personnel and equipment across the country was the execution of the 14-day forceon-
force maneuver exercise in the Mojave Desert. While in "The Box," the brigade
was tested on its ability to move, communicate and conduct decisive action against
an enemy nearly equal in size, role-played by the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment,
an active duty regiment dedicated to contesting brigades that enter Fort Irwin's
massive training area.
The brigade's rotation was significant in that it brought 91 percent of its assigned
strength to Fort Irwin, a number not normally surpassed by units undergoing a NTC
rotation. And reporting only minor injuries, the brigade executed one of the safest
and most successful rotations at the training center. Lastly, with a coordinated effort
among several other major commands in the Minnesota National Guard, the 1/34th
ABCT was able to return all of its equipment back to home station for repairs and
maintenance before the end of the fiscal year - ensuring the brigade's status as the
U.S. Army's most ready brigade for 2017.
In 2016 the 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry, deployed 200 Soldiers to the Sinai
Peninsula in support of the Multinational Force and Observer's mission to enforce
the 1979 peace treaty between Egypt and Israel. Working closely with counterparts from the MFO's Columbian and Fijian militaries, the 2-135 IN provides force protection, serves as a quick reaction force and observes and reports violations of the peace treaty in support of the MFO's mission in the region.
In 2017 the 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry Regiment, will
participate in the Saber Strike exercise, an annual, U.S.-led exercise conducted in
Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. Joining several nations in the multi-national
training event, including Bulgaria, Canada, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia,
Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Slovakia and the United Kingdom, the 2-136 IN (CAB)
will help improve interoperability and readiness of participating nations, enhance
freedom of movement within the Baltic states and demonstrate U.S. Army Europe's
speed of assembly and operational reach in the area.
In addition to executing its second-consecutive large-scale training event, the 2-136
IN (CAB) will undergo another massive logistical operation in moving all of its
assigned equipment from the continental U.S. to the Baltic region by rail and boat.
Lastly, the brigade's 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 194th Armor Regiment,
will participate in the Aurora exercise, a Swedish-led training event. Aurora is a
multinational exercise that is projected to have approximately 19,000 participants
from Sweden, Denmark, Estonia, France, Finland, Germany, Norway and the U.S.
2017 will mark the first year of participation for the U.S.
Unit Address: 3300 W. 98th St. Bloomington, MN 55431
Unit Telephone: 651-268-8709
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