1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division
The Rosemount-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 2021, Soldiers from the brigade will mobilize to support Operation Spartan Shield in the Middle East. Also in 2021, Soldiers of the 2-135th Infantry will return home from their deployment in support of operations in Africa.
The Minnesota National Guard's 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, executed operations during a highly complex training year.
Most notably, the brigade executed a training rotation at the National Training Center (NTC), Fort Irwin, California, becoming the first U.S. Army brigade to execute a major training event following the Army's March 2020 pause on exercises for large formations amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The brigade also conducted multiple live-fire exercises up to the company level and multiple command post exercises up to brigade level; took part in a Leadership Training Program in preparation for NTC; mobilized 700 Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry Regiment, for a deployment in support of operations in the Horn of Africa; supported state missions in support of COVID-19 testing; conducted significant rail operations; and executed state active duty missions in support of Minnesota's response to civil unrest in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area.
The brigade completed a warfighter exercise in May. The exercises consisted of elements from the brigade, Joint Force Headquarters, 347th Regional Support Group, 84th Troop Command and Camp Ripley, as well as support from the Oklahoma National Guard, the Army's Mission Command Training Program and the 157th Infantry Brigade.
In July, the brigade moved more than 2,000 pieces of equipment and 4,500 personnel from Minnesota and 10 other states to Fort Hood, Texas, to conduct the eXportable Combat Training Capability, or XCTC, exercise. XCTC is a 21-day collective training event to achieve platoon-level maneuver and live-fire validation, and increase maneuver proficiency at the company level.
During the 21-day training event, the brigade qualified 64 M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicles on Bradley Table XII, 29 M1 Abrams tanks on Table XII, 55 Bradley platoon lanes, 29 Tank platoon lanes, 52 Sustainment lanes, qualified 6 Paladin Platoons on Table XII, emplaced 2,100 meters of wire obstacles, dug 1,800 meters of tank ditch, delivered 379,404 rounds of ammunition, and distributed 167,665 gallons of fuel.
The 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry participated in the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division's XCTC exercise in July. The battalion accomplished all platoon and company tasks.
Company I, 334th Brigade Support Battalion, won the prestigious Philip A. Connelly Award for food service excellence in the U.S. Army National Guard field kitchen category, which was the first time a Minnesota unit has won the award.
- 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