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Minnesota National Guard
834th Aviation Support Battalion

Quick Reaction Force

Unit Information

The 834th Aviation Support Battalion (ASB) is an Army National Guard battalion headquartered in St. Paul that provides logistics, transportation, medical, maintenance and communications support for the 34th Combat Aviation Brigade. The Soldiers of the 834th ASB support the systems that enable UH-60 Black Hawk and CH-47 Chinook helicopters to perform their missions. There are four companies in the 834th ASB: Headquarters and Supply Company (HSC) in St. Paul; A Company in St. Paul and Hastings; B Company at the Minnesota Army Aviation Support Facility in St. Paul; and C Company in Hastings.

In May the 834th Aviation Support Battalion returned from Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as an element of Task Force 34.

The original mission of the 834th Aviation Support Battalion was to conduct full spectrum operations to sustain, maintain and secure the Soldiers and aircraft of Task Force 34.

As the mission evolved in theater, the extraordinary support provided by the 834th ASB laid the foundation of mission success for not only Task Force 34 (Multi National Corps - Iraq), but also for another brigade, Task Force 449 (Multi National Division - Center). Combined, these two major units represent roughly half of the Army aviation resources conducting combat operations as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). The 834th ASB provided critical logistical support to both brigades in the form of aviation maintenance, class IX (air) repair parts, fuel, ammunition distribution, transportation, communications, water and food, medical treatment, and communications.

Significantly, the 834th was the first and only ASB to establish and maintain two separate class IX warehouses and also support two aviation intermediate maintenance operations, widely separated by hundreds of kilometers in a combat zone.

The battalion met these unique challenges effectively and on time. In addition, the battalion conducted several other missions far removed from typical aviation support activities such as ground fuel resupply to Iraqi towns, and support to the Iraqi Based Industrial Zone (IBIZ) program.

Forty Soldiers from B and C Company, 834th Aviation Support Battalion, will deploy in June for a seven-month mobilization in support of Operation Spartan Shield. The Soldiers will be headquartered at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, and will conduct aviation, mechanical and communication support operations to augment the 185thTheatre Aviation Brigade, with the Mississippi Army National Guard, currently operating in Kuwait.

To view a fact sheet about the deployment, click here.

Community Connections

Unit Address: 4761 Hamline Ave N, Arden Hills, Minn. 55112
Unit Telephone: (651) 282-4087
Recruiter Telephone: (651) 296-5736

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Minnesota National Guard Leadership

Minnesota Adjutant General Maj. Gen.
Jon A. Jensen
Generally Speaking
Senior Enlisted Advisor
Command Sgt. Maj. Douglas Wortham
On Center Ice
Unit Command Structure

Joint Force Headquarters

- 34th Infantry Division

- - 34th Combat Aviation Brigade

- - - 834th Aviation Support Battalion

Unit Leadership

Commander  CSM
Lt. Col. Jeffrey Merricks
834 ASB
Command Sgt. Maj. Juan Esquivel
CSM, 834 ASB
Major Unit Equipment



See the list of major equipment used by the Minnesota National Guard.
Unit Occupational Specialties

15D, Aircraft Powertrain Repairer

15T, UH-60 Helicopter Repairer

25B, Information Systems Operator / Analyst

See the complete list of specialties in the Minnesota National Guard.
Unit Links

34th Infantry Division Association

Task Force 34, OIF 08-10 website

Family Readiness Group

834 ASB Wikipedia page


Iraq and Back

Missing Lois

Operation Sandbox

Richard & Jen's Adventures

SPC Wulff

Three Times is a Charm

Aviation Careers
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Unit Friends and Family

Unit Articles

834th Aviation Support Battalion Soldiers Deploy to Kuwait

Minnesota National Guard Aviation Soldiers to Deploy

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Mother accepts diploma for deployed Minnesota Soldier

Quick reaction force training at Camp Ripley
Written by 1st Lt. Kenneth Toole, 11/9/11

Army aviator's career transitions with ceremonial last flight

Aviation Soldiers break from training to support disabled children

834th Aviation Support Battalion vehicle recovery section trains to success

Aviation Soldiers host Salvation Army Toy Shop

Aviators are Minnesota Guard Quick Reaction Force

Aviation Brigade Soldiers give back to community in Brainerd

834th ASB receives new leadership


A Co. 834th ASB trains for QRF certification
14 Nov., 2009

HSC 834th ASB Soldiers Participate In Twin Cities Marathon
4 Oct., 2009

834th ASB is awarded the MUC
20 Sep., 2009

Farewell ceremony for C Co., 834th Aviation Support Battalion
4 May, 2008