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

Bataan Road March
Snipers from the 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 194th Armored Regiment, stack in preparation of a room clearing drill at Camp Ripley Training Center on June 21, 2015. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc William Boecker)
Unit Information

The 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 194th Armor Regiment, is a Minnesota Army National Guard battalion headquartered in Brainerd. The overall unit mission is to provide heavy armor and mechanized infantry ground combat power to the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division.

The battalion displayed its abilities during the 2015 eXportable Combat Training Capability exercise, held over the summer at Camp Ripley Training Center. The 1-194 AR (CAB) conducted and validated platoon-level armor and mechanized infantry offensive and defensive operations. For the first time, the battalion conducted Table XII platoon-level Abrams, Bradley and Scout gunnery training. Additionally, the 1-194 AR (CAB) conducted base defense, tactical logistical resupply, maintenance operations and convoy and recovery operations.

There are 6 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 G Company located at CRTC.

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

TAG  CSM
Minnesota Adjutant General Maj. Gen.
Richard C. Nash
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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
Commander
1-194 CAB
Command Sgt. Maj. Shane Hybben
CSM
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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Unit Articles

Director of the Army National Guard Visits Camp Ripley
06/17/2015

Keeping Camp Ripley's 53,000 acres safe no small task
08/10/2014

National Guard leaders bring training to the table
05/28/2014

Community Appreciation Heard Loud and Clear During Biennial Open House
09/23/2013

Reset Year Complete
07/12/2013

Annual Road March Memorializes Bataan Death March
05/04/2013

Minnesota Soldiers compete for spot on Combatives Team
02/11/2013

New Enlisted Leadership Takes Over in Brainerd
01/25/2013

1-194 Armor Changes Command, Conducts Welcome Home Dinner
08/18/2012

A National Guard family's homecoming continues
07/20/2012

Nisswa man named to Ripley's Court of Honor
06/27/2012

Red Bulls wrapping up deployment
04/12/2012

Remembering Bataan (video)
04/09/2012

Red Bulls: Coming home soon
03/28/2012

I'm officially an American
03/24/2012

Over and out: Delta 'Drifter' Company prepared to go home!
03/23/2012

Minnesota Dominates Guard Combatives Tournament
03/18/2012

The Mark of an Infantryman
01/31/2012

Red Bulls take Caimans off-road in Kuwait
01/25/2012

Crazyhorse convoy escort security mission complete
01/19/2012

The Sun Sets on Operation New Dawn
12/14/2011

Crossing the Finish Line after eight long years
12/13/2011

Convoy Escort Security: Safeguarding the Iraq Drawdown
11/14/2011

Short haul, long night
11/08/2011

Delta Company supports Iraq drawdown
11/01/2011

Room links families to deployed soldiers (video)
09/14/2011

Patched into tradition, Crazyhorse receives right arm Red Bull
09/11/2011

Bataan Death March survivor dies at age 90 in Kennewick
08/31/2011

MN. Natl. Guard Troops Takeover
08/22/2011

Crazy Horse Closes the Loop on Deployment Tasks
05/15/2011

Minnesota National Guard Soldiers selected to marathon team
05/01/2011

Military family prepares for husband's deployment
04/15/2011

Bataan Death March Vets provide context for memorial march
04/10/2011

Bataan Death March survivor honored in Twins home opener
04/08/2011

Bataan Death March survivor Peck dies at 90
02/28/2011

Family Preparation Academy for Military Families in Brainerd
02/24/2011

Young Vadnais Heights couples deaths called murder-suicide
01/26/2011

Brainerd, Baxter seeks Yellow Ribbon Community status
01/13/2011

Minnesota Adjutant General visits Brainerd Officials
01/12/2011

Guard grateful for support
01/12/2011

Red Bulls prepare for Iraq duty
11/27/2010

Bataan Memorial March
05/01/2010

Authority is passed to new 1-194 commander
04/30/2010

Natl Guard Halts Search Efforts for Missing Staples Man
08/10/2009

Guard joins search for man 82 near Staples
08/07/2009

Guardsmen assist in search for Staples man
08/07/2009

The 12th Annual Bataan Memorial March
05/20/2009

Columbian gets a taste of new culture at Youth Camp
09/10/2008

Minnesota National Guard Soldiers assist St. Paul Police in quelling demonstrators
09/01/2008

Unique program a win-win for student journalists and Minnesota National Guard Soldiers
06/11/2008

Soldiers memorialize death march of Bataan
05/03/2008

2008 Adriatic Aurora
04/22/2008

Understanding JANUS
03/26/2008

Returned Soldier happy to trade Iraq for Eagan this Thanksgiving
11/22/2007

Team Bulldog Returns Home
11/20/2007

Company B, 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 194th Armor Regiment Welcome Home Ceremony
10/16/2007

VIDEO: WCCO -- B. Co., 1-194 Welcome Home Event in Woodbury, Minn.
10/15/2007

VIDEO: WCCO -- Father Home from Iraq Surprises Daugther at Game
10/15/2007

Change of Command for the 1-194 CAB
09/26/2007

Training with the Croatians
08/17/2007

Soldiers and civilians pay tribute to Bataan
05/23/2007

A day in the life of a Soldier
04/24/2007

2007 Soldier and NCO of the Year Competition
04/17/2007

Landscaper goes from treating lawns to Soldiers
04/10/2007

Local Soldier serving as a medic in Iraq paints picture of deployment
01/11/2007

Hero's send-off for MN National Guard troops
09/12/2006

 
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