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Minnesota National Guard
34th Combat Aviation Brigade


20147 in Afghanistan

A UH-60 Black Hawk from Company C, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 211th Aviation Regiment (Air Ambulance) is loaded with mail and supplies for a remote outpost after dropping a patient off at a medical facility in Shindand, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army National Gaurd photo by Chief Warrant Officer 4 Roger Merrell)
Unit Information

The 34th Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB) is an Army National Guard Brigade that supports the 34th Infantry Division and the State of Minnesota by providing aviation assets for both federal and state active duty missions. The aviators of the 34th CAB fly the UH-60 Blackhawk and CH-47 Chinook helicopters. The 34th CAB Headquarters is stationed in St. Paul.

The Minnesota-based subordinate units of the 34th CAB are the 2nd Battalion, 147th Assault Helicopter Battalion, the 834th Aviation Support Battalion, C Company, 1st General Support Aviation Battalion, 171st Aviation Regiment, B Company and C Company of the 2nd Battalion, 211th General Support Aviation Battalion, and F Company, 1-189 Aviation Regt., General Support Aviation Battalion.

Outside Minnesota, the 34th CAB provides training and operational guidance to the 1st Battalion, 112th Aviation Regiment of the N.D., the 1st Battalion, 189th Aviation of the Montana and Missouri National Guard and the 1st Battalion, 183rd Aviation Regiment of the Idaho National Guard.

2013 Accomplishments

In May, the brigade provided CH-47 and UH-60 helicopters and personnel to local government agencies to fight and contain three wildfires in northwest Minnesota. In 2013, the 34th Combat Aviation Brigade welcomed home the St. Cloud-based Company C, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 211th Aviation Regiment from a deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom where they conducted more than 650 medical evacuation missions and flew 1,700 accident-free flight hours. The company also received six new CH-47F Chinook helicopters and trained more than 30 personnel in their operation.

In June, the brigade participated in a full-spectrum Warfighter Exercise with the 40th Infantry Division at Fort Leavenworth. During this exercise, the brigade staff was able to successfully integrate with different levels of command and adjacent units.

2014 Objectives

The brigade is preparing to mobilize its headquarters and 2nd Battalion, 147th Assault Helicopter Battalion to Kuwait in 2014. In addition to preparing for deployment, the brigade will also continue equipment enhancements and Soldier readiness training. The 34th Combat Aviation Brigade continues preparation to assist civil authorities during state missions that include fire suppression, flood response and search and rescue. The brigade will host the Minnesota National Guard's 2014 observance of African American History month.


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Community Connections

Unit Address: 206 Airport Rd, St Paul MN 55107
Unit Telephone: (651) 268-8724
Recruiter Telephone: (651)296-5736

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Richard C. Nash
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Unit Leadership

Commander CSM
Col.
Greg Thingvold

Commander
34th CAB
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CSM James Kampsen
CSM
34th CAB

Major Unit Equipment

UH-60 Blackhawk.pdf

CH-47 Chinook.pdf

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

15D, Aircraft Powertrain Repairer

15P, Aviation Operations Specialist

15Q, Air Traffic Control Operator

See the complete list of specialties in the Minnesota National Guard.
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34th Combat Aviation Brigade Unit History

Task Force 34, OIF 08-10 website

Task Force 34, OEF 2014 on DVIDS website

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Unit Articles

Brothers in aviation deploy together
07/22/2014

Aviators and aircrew train for Kuwait
06/27/2014

Steak send-off for deploying troops
05/23/2014

Deploying Soldiers and families honored with steak lunch
05/19/2014

34th Combat Aviation Brigade gears up for year-long deployment
05/02/2014

220 Minnesota National Guard Soldiers to Deploy to Kuwait
04/30/2014

DET 39 Soldiers' return warms families after long winter, separation
04/05/2014

MN National Guard Detachment 39 Returns from Deployment
03/27/2014

Guard Sees Savings, Ready Force from Flight Simulators
03/26/2014

Local leaders help Minnesota Soldiers celebrate diversity
03/05/2014

From Mexico to Minnesota, Guardsman finds a new home
03/04/2014

We do not approve
02/24/2014

34th Combat Aviation Brigade holds military ball
12/31/2013

Army Aviator reflects on Government Shutdown
11/01/2013

Camp Ripley Court of Honor inducts three
10/22/2013

Minnesota aviator setting the conditions for success for his children
06/14/2013

Minnesota Aviator Retires After Three Decades of Service
05/09/2013

Aspiring pilot gets first-hand look at military aviation
04/26/2013

Aviation Brigade Strengthens Force with Chinook Upgrade
02/13/2013

Red Bulls and partners train for upcoming Australian exercise
01/13/2013

Aviation Brigade Welcomes New Commander
01/07/2013

Operational Success Through Resilience
10/10/2012

Red Bull Assn. celebrates 65 years
10/05/2012

Aviation Brigade Soldiers give back
09/27/2012

Friends, family send off Minnesota National Guard unit to Afghanistan
07/20/2012

Minnesota National Guard aviation company schedules departure ceremony Friday
07/18/2012

Guard Aviators return to Children's Hospital
06/08/2012

Aviation Brigade, Habitat for Humanity support community
06/08/2012

Minnesota National Guard Soldiers Return to St. Cloud from Afghanistan
04/27/2012

National Guard soldiers back home from Afghanistan
04/26/2012

Minnesota Dominates Guard Combatives Tournament
03/18/2012

Minnesota National Guard battles Pagami Creek wildfire
9/20/2011

Army aviator's career transitions with ceremonial last flight
8/23/2011

Mental Wellness a top priority for Minnesota Guard's Aviation Brigade
6/27/11

Aviation Soldiers break from training to support disabled children
6/15/11

834th Aviation Support Battalion vehicle recovery section trains to success
6/8/11

Charlie Med trains for Afghanistan at Ft Hood
5/20/11

Minnesota Guard MEDEVAC deploys to Afghanistan
4/22/11

Foam Floods Army Aviation Facility
2/11/11

Aviation Soldiers host Salvation Army Toy Shop
12/23/10

National Guard Chinook company deploys to Iraq
11/25/10

Aviators are Minnesota Guard Quick Reaction Force
7/22/10

British Soldier experiences Minnesota Guard
7/22/10

Aviation Brigade treated to full cuisine
7/20/10

Aviation Brigade Soldiers give back to community in Brainerd
7/14/10

Chief Arne's last flight marks passing of an era
4/23/10

Guard Aviators return from Afghanistan

3/12/10

834th ASB receives new leadership

11/15/09

 
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