|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 Bloomington-based 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team of the 34th Infantry Division organizational structure looks much different in 2014. The brigade added a third artillery battery to the 1st Battalion, 125th Field Artillery, stood up a Brigade Engineer Battalion which replaced the Brigade Special Troops Battalion and entered an aligned for training relationship with the 1st Battalion, 145th Armor Regiment from 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, this unit has transitioned from a traditional combat brigade into self-contained combined arms formation. The new force structure has expanded the brigade's fires capability, increased its engineer assets with two engineer companies and a battalion-level staff capable of engineer planning as well as command and control. The aligned for training relationship with the Ohio-based 1st Battalion, 145th Armor Regiment has increased the brigade's combat power and maneuverability by adding a third combined arms battalion.
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