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Minnesota National Guard
34th Combat Aviation Brigade


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Soldiers exit a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter operated by B Company, 2-147th Assault Helicopter Battalion, during a personnel recovery exercise March 16, 2015, at Marauder Range, Kuwait. The exercise involved service members from the United Kingdom, Canada, Denmark, as well as U.S. Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen. (Minnesota National Guard photo by: Spc. Sebastian Nemec)
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.

2015 Accomplishments

In April 2015 the 34th CAB welcomed home more than 220 Soldiers with Headquarters Company and the 2nd Battalion, 147th Assault Helicopter Battalion, from a deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The Headquarters Company and 2-147 AHB were stationed at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, and conducted aviation operations and security cooperation in support of U.S. Army Central Command. Additionally, members of the 34th CAB were tasked to support Operation Inherent Resolve, the U.S. military response against militant groups in Iraq and Syria. To view a fact sheet about the deployment, click here.

While overseeing a Task Force of 1,500 personnel and 76 airframes, the 34th CAB in Kuwait logged 9,000 flight hours operating rotary, fixed wing and unmanned aerial vehicles. In addition to flying missions, the 34th CAB conducted significant joint training with the Royal Jordanian Air Force and the Kuwait Air Force. This military partnership, unique in scope for an aviation brigade, provided an opportunity to modernize U.S. allies' platforms and tactics in order to exceed the capabilities of the opposition.

At home, the 34th CAB supported two state missions. In June 2015 the brigade supplied two Black Hawk helicopters, each equipped with 660-gallon water buckets, to help the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources respond to fires across the state. In August, in response to the request of the Washington National Guard, the brigade supplied two Black Hawk helicopters to assist in aerial firefighting efforts to stem historic wildfires throughout the Western U.S.

Soldiers in the 34th CAB focused heavily on incorporating the upgraded UH-60M model Black Hawk into its force. The 34th CAB received the new aircraft in 2015 and qualified more than 40 pilots on the upgraded Black Hawk after a six-week transition course at Fort Rucker, Alabama, with the goal of having all pilots and maintainers trained by 2016.

2016 Objectives

In 2016 the brigade will welcome home Soldiers from Detachment 1, C Company, 1st General Support Aviation Battalion, 171st Aviation Regiment. The unit deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Inherent Resolve to provide medical evacuation operations for U.S. Army Central Command.

Additionally, 40 Soldiers from both B and C Companies, 834th Aviation Support Battalion, will return from a seven-month deployment. The unit deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Spartan Shield to provide aviation, mechanical and communication operations for the Mississippi and Kentucky National Guard.

Lastly, in July 2016, B Company, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 211th Aviation Regiment, will deploy to Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel.


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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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Senior Enlisted Advisor
Command Sgt. Maj. Douglas Wortham
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- 34th Infantry Division

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Unit Leadership

Commander  CSM
Col.
Shawn Manke

Commander
34th CAB

CSM Stephen Cunnien
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

Minnesota National Guard aviators respond to wildfires in northern Minnesota
05/18/2016

Minnesota Guardsman finds new passion through advocacy
04/01/2016

A soldier with a story
12/02/2015

New Command Chief Warrant Officer Takes Over in Minnesota
07/13/2015

Minnesota Guard Aviators Welcomed Home
06/16/2015

34th Combat Aviation Brigade welcome home ceremony
06/11/2015

834th Aviation Support Battalion Soldiers Deploy to Kuwait
06/08/2015

Minnesota DNR and National Guard combat wildfires
05/29/2015

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

34th Combat Aviation Brigade soldiers coming home
04/23/2015

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

Decade of change transforms Red Bulls
08/25/2012

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

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

Guard Aviators return to Children's Hospital
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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