|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.
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
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.