84th Troop Command
The 84th Troop Command, headquartered in Cambridge, maintains control of field artillery, military police, engineer and civil support forces, providing a force capable of performing a wide variety of missions. A specialized command with a unique mission, the 84th Troop Command maintains traditional training standards to remain ready to support federal missions in addition to being challenged with the responsibility of conducting domestic operations throughout the state.
The 84th Troop Command's domestic operations is the responsibility of two sections: the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP) and the 55th Civil Support Team. Additionally, the 84th Troop Command maintains the task of training the Minnesota National Guard's Quick Reaction Force, which deploys within six hours to assist in incidents across the state, and the National Guard Reaction Force, which responds within 72 hours of notification.
In 2018 the 84th Troop Command will play a significant role in the Minnesota National Guard's support to Super Bowl LII. At the request of the city of Minneapolis and with the approval of Governor Dayton, the unit will provide more than 400 Soldiers to augment security efforts in the metro area for the game and related events. This will be the culmination of months of planning, preparation and training to ensure a safe and well-executed Super Bowl LII experience for all residents and visitors.
Later this year, the Camp Ripley-based 851st Vertical Engineer Company will deploy to Kuwait in support of Operation Freedom's Sentinel to provide engineering support throughout the area of operations.
In January, the 257th Military Police Company deployed to Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to support Joint Task Force Guantanamo by conducting military detention facility operations. The deployment was the first time a Minnesota National Guard unit had supported this mission. The company weathered the force of Hurricane Irma passing by the island in September and returned safely to the U.S. and their families before Christmas.
In April, the 34th Military Police Company moved into a new facility in Stillwater - adjoining the Stillwater Fire Station. The 80,000 square-foot building was built with sustainability in mind and is rated as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, Silver facility. The building is nearly three times the size of the previous armory and will house the 34th Military Police Company and Soldiers from the 334th Brigade Engineer Battalion.
In June, the 84th Troop Command's 55th Civil Support Team conducted a joint exercise in Duluth with the CERFP, the 54th Civil Support Team out of Wisconsin, the U.S. Coast Guard and the fire departments from Duluth and nearby Superior, Wisconsin. The exercise allowed participants to practice skills in hazardous materials operations, command and control, urban search and rescue, mass casualty decontamination and medical triage.
In September, Soldiers from the 34th Military Police Company participated in Joint Reaction 17, a biennial exercise with Adriatic Charter countries hosted this year by the Republic of Macedonia. The scenario was based upon a humanitarian aid and refugee crisis that required a multi-national military police response.
84th Troop Command retired a historically significant unit in 2017 as E Battery of the 151st Field Artillery cased its colors in August. The Target Acquisition Battery was one of the oldest and most decorated units in the Minnesota National Guard with a lineage that goes back to the Civil War.