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History
Minnesota National Guard
Minnesota National Guard Priorities
Our priorities

The Minnesota National Guard's enduring goal is to provide an agile, resilient force, ready to fulfill any federal, state or community need. The Minnesota National Guard's success relies on its ability to provide military assets when called upon, working with interagency partners to enhance joint-response capabilities.

In order to fulfill its obligations to the state and nation, the Minnesota National Guard focuses on six priorities that guide the organization through decision-making and mission-planning processes, ultimately ensuring a unified and consistent response.

The past several years presented the Minnesota National Guard with many fluid and dynamic events that tested the organization's ability to operate under fluctuating budgets and strenuous mission requirements.

Though the operational circumstances and challenges have varied, the Minnesota National Guard's six priorities provide a fundamental blueprint that ensures success of the mission while maintaining personnel and equipment at optimal levels.

- Fielding a competent ready force
- Maintaining an optimal force structure
- Cyber security and response
- Develop sustainable infrastructure
- Service members and their Families
- Diversity of the force
Diversity of the Force

"We value diversity in our organization to broaden our perspective, incorporate a variety of strengths and better represent the communities we serve. "

Five years ago, the Minnesota National Guard established a diversity goal that aimed to shape a force with a commensurate percentage of diverse individuals relative to the state of Minnesota’s population; an effort that also focuses on recognizing and embracing the values and skills that come from different sets of opinions, thoughts, attributes and experiences.

In 2011, 7.8 percent of service members in the Minnesota National Guard were from diverse ethnicities, compared to the 16.6 percent that make up Minnesota’s population. In 2016, the Minnesota National Guard closed that gap by attaining 15.5 percent of its force from diverse ethnicities, and is approaching the nearly 19 percent of Minnesotans that currently come from diverse ethnicities.

As the percentage of diverse individuals in the state continues to increase, so to do the Minnesota National Guard’s efforts to close the gap and achieve its goal. The organization has expanded its community outreach, further encouraging units across the state to engage with the communities they serve by participating in various cultural events. By attending Rondo Days, Twin Cities Pride and Cinco de Mayo, for example, Soldiers and Airmen build relationships with other Minnesotans and highlight the fact that members of the Minnesota National Guard live, work and serve in their communities.

Community outreach from a diversity and inclusion standpoint increased this past year as a result of feedback received from the Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General’s Junior Diversity Council. The council, established in 2016, is comprised of Soldiers and Airmen from diverse ethnicities, genders and backgrounds. The Junior Diversity Council, which meets several times throughout the year, is directly led by the adjutant general, giving junior service members in the Minnesota National Guard unfiltered access to the organization’s most senior leader. By eliminating the many layers of chain-of-command, the council can relay first-hand experiences, feedback and knowledge to the adjutant general and other key leaders who are capable of affecting change.

The Junior Diversity Council also provides unique perspectives, as the youngest generation of Soldiers and Airmen best understand new challenges with technology and shifting demographics, and can help identify solutions. Council members have the opportunity to take these issues back to their units – specifically their peers – to further explore solutions and be advocates for their concerns. By building and fostering an inclusive culture through the council, the Minnesota National Guard seeks to provide every member a path toward success and an opportunity to reach their full potential.

Additionally, the Minnesota National Guard has eight special emphasis councils that focus on diversity: African American, Asian/Pacific Islander, Disability, Holocaust Remembrance, Latino, LGBT, Native American and Women. By facilitating educational opportunities for service members, such as visits to Holocaust memorials, powwows and the Hmong New Year celebration, the special emphasis councils provides an opportunity for all Minnesota National Guard members to become more culturally aware and better prepared to serve the vast array of backgrounds that make up both the organization and the state.



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The Minnesota National Guard Observes

MLK Day
21 January
Black History Month
February
Women's History Month
March
Holocaust Memorial Day
April/May
Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month
May
Women's Equality Day
26 August
Hispanic American Heritage Month
Sep 15- Oct 15
Disability Employment Awareness Month
October
American Indian Heritage Month
November

Diversity Video Playlist

Diversity Articles

Minnesota National Guard Remembers the Holocaust with Jewish Community Relations Council
04/24/2017

Hamlar's passion for taking care of people evident inside and out of the operating room
02/03/2017

Uncovering the past at Camp Ripley
11/16/2016

Minnesota National Guard celebrates Hispanic heritage month
10/16/2016

Red Bull Soldier gains US citizenship
06/30/2016

Tribal consultations continue Camp Ripley on positive path for the future
05/31/2016

Minnesota Guardsman recognized for cultural influence and leadership
05/19/2016

Clyborne to focus on diversity, mentorship as Assistant Adjutant General
04/05/2016

Female instructor pilot breaks barriers at 133rd Airlift Wing
04/04/2016

Minnesota Army National Guard to promote first female to role of Assistant Adjutant General
04/01/2016

Minnesota's recruiting command finds success in diversity, inclusion
03/25/2016

Minnesota Adjutant General convenes first junior diversity council
03/07/2016

Minnesota National Guard promotes its first female general
02/26/2016

Minnesota National Guard to Promote First Female General
02/23/2016

Former Guardsman Continues to Lead, Mentor
02/12/2016

Empowering Girls and Influencing the Next Generation
11/17/2015

Minnesota National Guard participates in Pride Festival
06/30/2015

Mountain Lake native uses military skills to help flood-impacted Croatians
06/22/2015

334th Brigade Engineer Battalion Celebrates Women's History
03/22/2015

Minnesota National Guard works to expand female inclusion opportunities
02/19/2015

Diversity from within the ranks
02/17/2015

Beth El Synagogue supports those who serve through 'Heroes Among Us' initiative
02/12/2015

Red Tail Squadron brings story of the Tuskegee Airmen to the Minnesota National Guard
02/10/2015

Civilian dentist and doctor, National Guard general named Black Engineer of the Year
02/09/2015

Minnesota National Guard hosts Martin Luther King, Jr. Day observation
01/10/2015

Minnesota National Guard promotes its first African American general
08/19/2014

Minnesota National Guard holds first Pride month celebration
06/09/2014

Hmong Citizen-Soldier shares his experience
05/01/2014

Developing Cultural Competencies
03/31/2014

Minnesota National Guard promotes career development for females
03/10/2014

Local leaders help Minnesota Soldiers celebrate diversity
03/05/2014

From Mexico to Minnesota, Guardsman finds a new home
03/04/2014

Minnesota National Guard celebrates Black History Month
02/27/2014

Minnesota Guardsman takes pride in her cultural heritage
02/19/2014

The American Dream: Making Each Generation Better For The Next
01/29/2014

Army Aviator reflects on Government Shutdown
11/01/2013

Habitat For Humanity Builds Home in Crystal for Woman in Minn. National Guard (video)
10/19/2013

National Guard Soldier observes Ramadan during Annual Training
08/08/2013

LAX-4-LIFE partnership teaches Lacrosse, leadership and life skills to Native American Youth
07/31/2013

2013 Native American Lax-4-Life Camp
07/23/2013

Minnesota National Guard welcomes UK exchange
06/19/2013

Minnesota aviator setting the conditions for success for his children
06/14/2013

Operation Synergy empowers Service members toward personal growth
05/10/2013

Women in combat: Minnesota National Guard helps pave the way
01/25/2013

Minnesota Remembers the Holocaust
01/15/2013

Serving Her Community And Country
09/12/2012

Native American LAX-4-LIFE Camp Update: Story, photos and b-roll video available
07/31/2012

National Guard supports Native American youth at lacrosse camp
07/27/2012

Native American LAX-4-LIFE Camp Partnership
07/20/2012

Tuskegee Airman, Duluth native monumentalized
06/23/2012

Female competitor trains for All Army combatives tournament
05/29/2012

Awards pile up for local female guard member
05/07/2012

March's Veteran Of The Month: Capt. Andrea Bond
02/28/2012

Minnesota military wives meet Army Wives
02/24/2012

2012 Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast
01/16/2012

Minnesota Army wives win trip to Army Wives studio
01/11/2012

Kallberg assumes responsibility as first female Senior Enlisted Advisor
12/03/2011

Women Veterans Group Changes a Paradigm
08/25/2011

Minnesota National Guard joins the Nation in observing American Indian Heritage Month
08/20/2011

Minnesota Guard awarded for Excellence in Sexual Assault Response
04/15/2011

Minnesota National Guard Celebrates Black History Month
02/10/2011

Dr. King honored by Guard and community at annual breakfast
01/17/2011

Go Home can be toughest order
11/28/2010

Struggling to serve women vets
11/17/2010

WWII Red Bulls share their stories
09/12/2010

Returning vets of color face unique challenges
07/05/2010

Military Women- from Boot Camp to Veteran
05/22/2010

Military Mom
05/08/2010

North Hudson woman has busy life as civilian and soldier
03/07/2010

Minnesota National Guard celebrates Dr. King at MLK Breakfast
01/18/2010

New Senior Enlisted Leader Brings Passion for National Guard to Position
11/24/2009

Women Veterans of Minnesota
10/11/2009

65 years later female WWII test pilots finally recognized
08/13/2009

Betty Strohfus: A Tale of Love at First Flight
07/28/2009

Funeral Services Announced for Spc. Carlos E. Wilcox IV
07/23/2009

Mothers Day in Iraq; When Mommy wears combat boots
05/10/2009

Guard leaders meet with General Colin L. Powell at MLK Breakfast
01/25/2009

For this Minnesota family, love is a battlefield
08/19/2008

Parents on the front lines
03/10/2008

The Face of Today's National Guard
03/10/2008

We're Pilots-No Problem
02/24/2008

New York National Guard 369th Infantry: Black Citizen-Soldiers, American Heroes
02/13/2008

Minnesota National Guard celebrates Dr. King's Birthday
01/21/2008

Sadar City from a Minnesota Woman's Helicopter
01/14/2008

Women take to the skies on Christmas
12/29/2007

Hermantown woman to become command chief of the 148th Fighter Wing
11/17/2007

From Soldier to Stylist: Woman Relishes Return to Civilian Life
09/17/2007

Fellow Soldiers Respect Woman Who Can Do Job
07/01/2007

Celebrating Mother's Day With A Child In Iraq
05/13/2007

Minnesota National Guard women deploy
04/10/2007

Women's History Month honored in the Minnesota Guard
03/27/2007

Minnesota National Guard Honors Black History Month
02/08/2007

Minnesota National Guard Celebrates Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr. Day

01/16/2007

Race for the Cure raises $15,500 for breast cancer research
12/18/2006

Guard wives bond remains as strong as ever
10/03/2006

A Mom on a Mission for Mothers Day
05/10/2006

Camp Ripley hosts Nation to Nation event
10/11/2005


 
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