Minnesota National Guard
1st Combined Arms Battalion,
194th Armor Regiment

Bataan Road March

Bataan Death March competitio​rs walk from the 1-194th Tank Battalion Armory in Brainerd to the starting point May 9, 2009.
Unit Information

The 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 194th Armor Regiment or 1-194 AR (CAB) is a Minnesota Army National Guard Combined Arms Battalion headquartered in Brainerd. The overall unit mission is to provide heavy armor ground combat power to the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team (1/34th ABCT), 34th Infantry Division (34th ID).

The 1-194 AR (CAB) displayed exceptional meritorious service in both Kuwait and Iraq from July 2011 to April 2012. The 1-194 AR (CAB) had a front row seat in history during the drawdown of U.S. forces from Iraq in which the unit conducted 780 convoy escort security missions, traveling more than 1.2 million combat miles throughout 11 of Iraq's 18 provinces. The 1-194 AR (CAB) returned from their deployment to Kuwait in support of Operation New Dawn in May of 2012.

There are six major units in the 1-194 AR (CAB): Headquarters and Headquarters Company in Brainerd; A Company in Alexandria; B Company in East St. Paul; C Company in Sauk Centre; D Company in St. Cloud and F Company located at the Camp Ripley Regional Training Center.

The 1-194 AR (CAB) unit lineage traces back to WWII with A Company, 194th Tank Battalion. As the United States participation in the Second World War, much of America's early fighting strength came from the Army National Guard. On February 10, 1941 Brainerd's 34th Tank Company of the Minnesota National Guard, commanded by Ernest B. Miller, was federalized and ordered to Fort Lewis, Washington for training. At Fort Lewis, the Brainerd-based 34th Tank Company was combined with two National Guard tank companies from St Joseph, Missouri and Salinas, California to form the 194th Tank Battalion. Maj. Miller was appointed as the battalion commander of the 194th Tank Battalion following the formation of the new tank battalion.

Prior to leaving Fort Lewis, the 194th Tank Battalion was comprised of A Company from Brainerd, Minnesota; B Company from Saint Joseph, Missouri and C Company from Salinas, California. The 194th Tank Battalion deployed to the Philippines during the fall of 1941 in support of its defense from a possible Japanese attack. The 194th Tank Battalion became the first armored force in United States history to deploy overseas when it deployed to the Philippines to defend Manila Bay. Members of 194th Tank Battalion fought bravely during the Battle of Bataan and eventually endured the infamous Bataan Death March.

Eighty two men of the 34th Tank Company left Brainerd in 1941, 64 accompanied the 194th overseas to the Philippines. One man was wounded and evacuated, two went on to Officer Candidate School, three were killed in action, 29 died as Prisoners of War and 29 survived captivity. Of the original 64 Minnesota National Guardsmen only 32 survived to return to Brainerd after the end of WWII.

The 1-194 AR (CAB) battalion motto is "Remember Bataan ... Never Forget!"

Today, 1-194 AR (CAB) stands ready to provide personnel and equipment in support of federal, state and community missions in order to assist and/or protect the citizens of Minnesota and the United States.

Community Connections

Unit Address: 1115 Wright Street, Brainerd MN 56401
Unit Telephone: 218.828.2571
Recruiter Telephone: 1-800-GO-GUARD


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Minnesota National Guard Leadership

Minnesota Adjutant General Maj. Gen.
Richard C. Nash
Generally Speaking
Senior Enlisted Advisor
Command Sgt. Maj. Douglas Wortham
On Center Ice
Unit Command Structure

Joint Force Headquarters

-34th Infantry Division

--1/34th Brigade Combat Team

---1-194 Combined Arms Battalion

----HQ & Headquarters Company

----A Company

----B Company

----C Company

----D Company

Unit Leadership

Commander  CSM
Lt. Col. Josh Simer
1-194 CAB
Command Sgt. Maj. Shane Hybben
1-194 CAB
Major Unit Equipment

M1 Abrams Tank

Bradley Fighting Vehicle

M113 Family of Vehicles

M120/M121 Mortar

M136 AT4 Anti-Armor Rifle

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

11B, Infantryman

11C, Indirect Fire Infantryman

19D, Cavalry Scout

19K, Armor Crewman

68W, Health Care Specialist

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

34th Infantry Division Association

Bataan Death March

1-194 AR (CAB) Unit Lineage and Deployment History 2001-2012.pdf

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