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July 08, 2011

Mobilization

1st, 34th training on tasks it will perform during deployment

By Staff Sgt. Lynette Hoke, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division Public Affairs

The 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division (1st, 34th), an Army National Guard unit from Minnesota, is ramping up for a deployment in support of Operation New Dawn in Kuwait.
PHOTO: Soldiers from the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division examine an improvised explosive device model. Photo by Minnesota Army National Guard
Soldiers from the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division examine an improvised explosive device model during a situational training exercise at Fort McCoy. (Photo by Minnesota Army National Guard)

Approximately 2,300 Soldiers are at Fort McCoy participating in a variety of events and required training tasks, which will prepare them for their mission to Kuwait.

From being proficient with tasks in the field, such as manning an entry control point, first aid, convoy security and vehicle and personnel searches, the Citizen-Soldiers of the 1st, 34th are getting adjusted to the challenges the next year may bring.

“For the average person here, the physical, professional and personal adjustments from going from citizen to Soldier have been demanding,” said Sgt. 1st Class Donald Klick, Senior Paralegal Noncommissioned Officer, 1st, 34th Headquarters Company.

“The ability to focus on the mission here has helped with the adjustment of becoming an active-duty Soldier.”

The upcoming culminating training event will be challenging and it also will involve the coordination of the entire brigade.

From the infantrymen to the human resource specialists, the exercise will task everyone in the brigade to work together.

“The exercise will give the 1st, 34th an insight to the operations downrange,” said Sgt. Sigfredo Guzman, Intelligence sergeant, 197th Fires Brigade out of New Hampshire who is currently serving a tour in the area of operations the Red Bulls will go to.

“It helps them understand and experience what obstacles and pitfalls they may face and how to work around them.”

The exercise will give the Soldiers within the tactical operations centers real-world scenarios that they will have to troubleshoot with the different companies and battalions within the brigade.

“Operations can fail without clear and concise communication,” said Guzman. “This exercise can provide a location to work out all the issues with communicating throughout the different echelons of the brigade.”

The Soldiers of the 1st, 34th soon will wrap up their training and deploy for a yearlong tour in Kuwait. All the Soldiers of the 1st, 34th are expected to return early next summer.

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