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1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division

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1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division

The 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team is an Armored Brigade Combat Team of the Minnesota Army National Guard organization which is part of the 34th Infantry Division.


In 2017, 1/34th ABCT will be in the Ready state for deployment, having spent two years preparing for its National Training Center rotation 16-07.

Early history

The lineage of the 1st ABCT headquarters dates from the American Civil War. A volunteer militia unit, the Stillwater Guards, had been enrolled into Minnesota’s organized militia, and in 1861 was called to federal service as Company B, 1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment. The 1st Minnesota Regiment was reorganized as 1st Battalion, Minnesota Volunteer Infantry in 1864. In February, 1865 the battalion was again reformed as the 1st Minnesota Infantry Regiment. The regiment was mustered out in July, 1865, following the end of the war.

Spanish–American War

In 1883 the Minnesota National Guard organized a new Stillwater unit, Company K, 1st Infantry Regiment. This unit served in the Philippines during the Spanish–American War when the regiment was federalized as the 13th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry.

In 1912 Company K, 1st Infantry Regiment was re-designated Company K, 3rd Infantry Regiment. The unit was called to federal service in 1916 during the Pancho Villa Expedition.

World War I

Company K was called to federal service and reorganized in 1917 as Battery F, 125th Field Artillery. The 125th Field Artillery deployed to France and participated in World War I by providing individual replacements to other units. The regiment was demobilized at Camp Dodge, Iowa in 1919. In 1921 a post-World War I reorganization of the National Guard caused Battery F to be reconfigured as Headquarters, 1st Battalion, 135th Infantry Regiment and Howitzer Company, 135th Infantry.

World War II

The 1st Battalion Headquarters was re-designated in 1925 as Company A, 135th Infantry, and in 1939 Howitzer Company was reorganized as Company D, 135th Infantry. Companies A and D were activated for World War II and served in the European Theater from February, 1941 to November, 1945.

Korean War

In 1946 the 135th Infantry was moved from the 35th Infantry Division to the 47th, and Companies A and D were reorganized as Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 135th Infantry and Antitank Company, 135th Infantry.

In 1948 Antitank Company was re-designated Heavy Mortar Company, 135th Infantry. In 1951 Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion and Heavy Mortar Company were called to federal service with the 135th Infantry, which was organized with the 45th Infantry Division during the Korean War. They were released from federal service in 1954.

Late 20th century

In 1959 the 1st Battalion Headquarters and Heavy Mortar Company were consolidated as Headquarters Company, 1st Battle Group, 135th Infantry Regiment, 47th Infantry Division. The 1st Battle Group Headquarters was reconfigured in 1963 as Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 135th Infantry. In 1968 the 1st Battalion Headquarters was re-designated Headquarters, 1st Brigade, 47th Infantry Division.

In 1991 the 47th Division was reflagged as the 34th Division, and the 1st Brigade, including its Headquarters, was reallocated to the 34th Infantry Division.

21st century

Since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, units and individuals of 1st Brigade, 34th Division have participated in operations including homeland defense missions, the war in Iraq and the War in Afghanistan.

In 2006 the Army’s conversion to modular brigades led to 1st Brigade’s reorganization as 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team.

From 2009 to 2012 the 1st ABCT deployed to Southwest Asia and conducted security operations in Kuwait and Iraq as part of Operation New Dawn.

Current Structure

  • 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team (MNARNG)
  • Headquarters and Headquarters Company
  • 1st Squadron, 94th Cavalry Regiment
  • 1st Battalion, 194th Armored Regiment
  • 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry Regiment
  • 2nd Battalion, 136th Infantry Regiment
  • 1st Battalion, 145th Armored Regiment (OHARNG)
  • 1st Battalion, 125th Field Artillery Regiment
  • 334th Brigade Engineer Battalion
  • 134th Brigade Support Battalion
  • Campaign participation credit

  • Civil War – Bull Run, Peninsula, Valley, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, Petersburg, Virginia in 1861, Virginia in 1862, Virginia in 1863, Virginia in 1864, Virginia in 1865
  • War With Spain – Manila
  • Philippine Insurrection – Luzon, San Isidoro
  • World War I
  • World War II – Tunisia, Naples-Foggia, Anzio, Rome-Arno, North Apennines, Po Valley
  • Decorations

  • Streamer without inscription (World War I)
  • French Croix de Guerre with Palm (World War II)
  • Streamer embroidered BELVEDERE (World War II)
  • Task organization

  • 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team (MN NG)
  • Headquarters and Headquarters Company, in Bloomington
  • 1st Squadron, 94th Cavalry Regiment (Armored Recon), in Duluth
  • 1st Battalion, 1st Battalion, 145th Armor Regiment of the Ohio Army National Guard
  • 1st Battalion, 194th Armor Regiment, in Brainerd
  • 2nd Battalion, 2d Battalion, 136th Infantry Regiment, in Moorhead
  • 1st Battalion, 125th Field Artillery Regiment, in New Ulm
  • 334th Brigade Engineer Battalion, in Bloomington
  • 134th Brigade Support Battalion, at Camp Ripley
  • References

    1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division Wikipedia

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