|1st Armored Brigade Combat Team of the
34th Infantry Division
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)
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.
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.
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.
Unit Address: 3300 W. 98th St. Bloomington, MN 55431
Unit Telephone: 651-268-8709
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