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August 10, 2012

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Minnesota Army National Guard unit demobilizes equipment at Fort McCoy

Personnel from the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division of the Minnesota Army National Guard unit, have demobilized their unit equipment at Fort McCoy following a deployment to support Operation New Dawn.
PHOTO: Soldiers nspect and inventory unit equipment that was demobilized at Fort McCoy. Photo by Rob Schuette
Personnel from the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division of the Minnesota Army National Guard inspect and inventory unit equipment that was demobilized at Fort McCoy.
(Photo by Rob Schuette)

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Gabriel Timp, a member of the Minnesota State Maintenance Office, said members of the 1st, 34th spent about three weeks at Fort McCoy in July unloading equipment they used in-theater, inventorying it and designating any equipment that needed to be repaired.

The 1st, 34th deployed from Fort McCoy in July 2011 and was stationed in Kuwait to support the draw down of personnel, equipment and supplies from Iraq to Kuwait.

The Operation New Dawn mission has concluded.

The unit’s mobilization training at Fort McCoy featured lanes training and gunnery training with live-fire exercises to prepare unit members for their overseas mission.

After their deployment ended, the unit was demobilized at Camp Shelby, Miss., in May before returning to their home stations and civilian life.

According to First Army protocol, the equipment is demobilized through the installation at which a unit originally conducted mobilization training and from which it was deployed.

“We inventoried and kept track of equipment with a maintenance job order,” Timp said. “If the equipment needs repair, we are designating it be sent to the organization that can repair it.”

“In that way, the equipment goes directly where it needs to go for maintenance/repair work. It reduces any unnecessary stops and gets the equipment back to home stations quicker.”

Unit members inspected and inventoried more than 21,000 pieces of equipment, Timp said.

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