1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division
The Bloomington-based 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team of the 34th Infantry Division consists of eight major subordinate commands. More than 5,200 Soldiers make up the brigade’s combined arms, armor, cavalry, infantry, artillery, engineer and brigade support battalions, constituting more than half of the Minnesota Army National Guard’s total force structure.
There are eight major support commands that now make up the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team: Headquarters and Headquarters Company in Bloomington; 334th Brigade Engineer Battalion in Bloomington; 134th Brigade Support Battalion at Camp Ripley; 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 194th Armor Regiment in Brainerd; 1st Squadron, 94th Cavalry in Duluth; 1st Battalion, 125th Field Artillery in New Ulm; 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry in Moorhead and 1st Battalion, 145th Armor Regiment of the Ohio Army National Guard. The Mankato-based 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry is a Minnesota Army National Guard Battalion which administratively falls under the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team but is in an aligned for training relationship with the Iowa Army National Guard's 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the 34th Infantry Division.
In 2019, the 1/34 ABCT will complete a brigade warfighter exercise at Camp Ripley in May in preparation for an XCTC exercise at Fort Hood, Texas, in August. The exercise will include Soldiers from the entire brigade, including the 1-145th Armor Regiment from Ohio, as well as enablers from four other states.
The rail load operation to move the equipment from Minnesota to Texas will be the brigade’s largest rail movement in recent history.
In June, the brigade headquarters supported the 34th Infantry Division’s warfighter exercise at Camp Atterbury, Indiana, as a subordinate unit, and in the process conducted a command post exercise to maintain the proficiency of the brigade staff. The brigade will build upon this knowledge as they prepare for a brigade warfighter exercise in 2019, an eXportable Combat Training Capability (XCTC) exercise in 2019 and a National Training Center rotation in 2020.
The Ohio-based 1st Battalion, 145th Armor Regiment, along with an engineer company from the 334th Brigade Engineer Battalion, supported the 116th Armored Brigade Combat Team from the Idaho National Guard during an XCTC exercise in June at the Orchard Combat Training Center in Boise, Idaho. The 1-145 AR acted as the opposing force to simulate a near-peer adversary during the unit’s training. The engineer company from the 334th BEB emplaced 14 total obstacles, using 12,000 meters of concertina wire, barbed wire and inert minefields adding to the training value for the Soldiers involved in the exercise. A company from the 134th Brigade Support Battalion provided sustainment support for the Minnesota and Ohio units during the rotation.
Soldiers from the 1st Squadron, 94th Cavalry supported the North Carolina National Guard’s 30th Armored Brigade Combat Team’s XCTC exercise in August at Fort Bliss, Texas, acting as the opposing force for the brigade. An engineer company from the 334th BEB conducted obstacle emplacement and engineer support for the rotation.
Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry participated in the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division’s warfighter exercise in April at Camp Dodge and prepares for the XCTC exercise in 2019. The 2-135th maintains an aligned for training relationship with the Iowa-based 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division.
- Headquarters and Headquarters Company
- 334th Brigade Engineer Battalion
- 134th Brigade Support Battalion
- 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 194th Armor Regiment
- 1st Squadron, 94th Cavalry
- 1st Battalion, 125th Field Artillery
- 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry Regiment
- 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry Regiment