Minnesota Red Bulls train to increase proficiency at Fort Hood

August 16, 2019 (FORT HOOD, Texas) — Nearly 3,000 soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard’s 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division are currently participating in an eXportable Combat Training Capability (XCTC) exercise at Fort Hood, Texas. In July, the brigade conducted the largest Minnesota National Guard rail operation transporting 2,000 pieces of equipment… Continue reading Minnesota Red Bulls train to increase proficiency at Fort Hood

Technology keeps tactical operations center running

Soldiers of the 347th Regional Support Group, while conducting their annual training in Fort Hood, Texas, are exercising the ability to execute life support, accountability and sustainment functions. Part of that training includes utilizing the AirBeam command center system, which integrates technology and workspace to provide a climate-controlled, mobile headquarters.

August 10, 2019 (FORT HOOD, Texas) — “It’s all about communication,” said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Frederick Thunborg, brigade information technology chief. “If you can’t talk to people in the battlefield, how do you know what’s going on?” Soldiers of the 347th Regional Support Group, while conducting their annual training in Fort Hood, Texas, are… Continue reading Technology keeps tactical operations center running

Life support sustains the mission at XCTC

Spc. Henderson, information technology specialist, takes on an additional duty to refill a “water buffalo,” essentially a bulk water-storage tank on a trailer, while supporting the 347th Regional Support Group’s annual training in Fort Hood, Texas. Henderson, who also tests and sanitizes water supplies three times a day, has been a do-it-all for the brigade helping out with the many life support functions sustaining the nearly 200 Soldiers in the area.

August 8, 2019 (FORT HOOD, Texas) — “Above all else we make sure Soldiers have safe water, safe facilities and their essential needs are met,” said Master Sgt. Matthew Merrill, brigade logistics non-commissioned officer. “We try to give Soldiers everything they need for a successful event, and get it to them when they need it.”… Continue reading Life support sustains the mission at XCTC

Reception ensures accountability, creates efficiency during brigade training exercise

Spc. Tena Boterman and Spc. Wenny Vang, brigade personnel specialists, set-up to receive Soldiers just arriving for an Exportable Combat Training Capabilities Exercise in Fort Hood, Texas. The accountability data generated on this hot slab of concrete in the middle of almost-nowhere feeds to the highest level of command, ensuring an accurate count during an event involving thousands of Soldiers and hundreds of pieces of equipment.

August 3, 2019 (FORT HOOD, Texas) — “We’re accounting for the U.S. Army’s most important asset – its people,” said Capt. Johnny Villarreal, 347th Regional Support Group personnel officer, while poring over a spreadsheet tracking dozens of troop movements for thousands of Soldiers. “It’s an important piece of what a regional support group can provide… Continue reading Reception ensures accountability, creates efficiency during brigade training exercise