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Minnesota National Guard
34th Combat Aviation Brigade


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Pilots with the 34th Combat Aviation Brigade prepare to land a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter on the deck of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Lyme Bay in the Arabian Gulf. Photo by: 1st Lt. Holly Elkin
Unit Information

The St. Paul-based 34th Combat Aviation Brigade is an Army National Guard unit that supports the 34th Infantry Division and the state of Minnesota by providing aviation capabilities - both UH-60 Black Hawk and CH-47 Chinook helicopters and the C-12 Huron fixed-wing aircraft - for federal and state missions.

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.

2014 Accomplishments

In May 2014 the 34th CAB deployed its Headquarters Company and the 2nd Battalion, 147th Assault Helicopter Battalion, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The units are stationed at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, to conduct aviation operations and security cooperation in support of U.S. Army Central Command. Since being deployed, members of the 34th CAB have also been tasked to support Operation Inherent Resolve, the U.S. military's efforts against militant groups in Iraq and Syria. To view a fact sheet about the deployment, click here.

For the first time in several years the 34th CAB was not called upon to assist in state missions. The extra time allowed the brigade to refine its personnel readiness by logging hundreds of flight hours and conducting several interagency training events. Soldiers in the brigade flew the UH-60s and CH-47s a combined 4,005 flight hours, and worked with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to gain proficiency in wildfire support by conducting helicopter bucket and well operations.

The brigade's readiness helped Company B, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 211th Aviation Regiment, to be selected to support a National Training Center rotation in 2015, marking the first time a National Guard Aviation Task Force was selected for a NTC rotation.

2015 Objectives

Beyond preparing for its NTC rotation, 34th CAB soldiers will spend 2015 focusing heavily on new equipment training to ensure pilots and crew chiefs are proficient in flying the upgraded UH-60M Model. In 2015 Soldiers will train at the Western Army National Guard Aviation Training Site, Ariz., with the goal of having all flight crews trained by the end of the year.

In 2015 the brigade will deploy 12 soldiers with Company C, 1st General Support Aviation Battalion, 171st Aviation Regiment, to provide medical evacuation support in Kuwait. Lastly, the 834th Aviation Support Battalion will complete its move to the Arden Hills Army Training Site, unifying all the battalion's echelons under one roof.

In January 2015 the brigade will host the ninth annual Hockey Day Minnesota, an event that showcases the hockey tradition found throughout the state, in conjunction with the St. Paul civic group Serving Our Troops. This year will feature an outdoor rink at Holman Field, and honor those in military service while connecting with the deployed 34th CAB soldiers stationed in Kuwait through video and social media.


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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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Minnesota National Guard Leadership

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Minnesota Adjutant General Maj. Gen.
Richard C. Nash
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Command Sgt. Maj. Douglas Wortham
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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 Black Hawk.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

34th Combat Aviation Brigade soldiers coming home
05/01/2015

34th Combat Aviation Brigade soldiers coming home
04/24/2015

Governor Activates the Minnesota Army National Guard for wildfire response
04/03/2015

Young Soldiers, Big Plans
03/17/2015

Train as you fight
03/05/2015

Red Tail Squadron brings story of the Tuskegee Airmen to the Minnesota National Guard
02/10/2015

Two 34th CAB Soldiers earn prestigious Expert Field Medical Badge
02/09/2015

MN National Guard Aviation deployment ceremony
01/23/2015

Hockey Day 2015: Big games, troop tributes pair well with unique setting
01/17/2015

Minnesota National Guard prepares for Hockey Day Minnesota
01/15/2015

Nat'l Guardswoman Makes Difficult Choice To Leave Newborn For Kuwait
12/23/2014

Red Bull Soldier excells in rare deployment position
12/11/2014

American, Kuwaiti aviation work toward partnership
10/10/2014

Army National Guard Hosts Wild Fire Air Display
09/25/2014

Minnesota brothers reunite in Kuwait
09/16/2014

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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