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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. "

When the Minnesota National Guard established its diversity goals in 2011, the organization set its sights on shaping a force with a commensurate percentage of diverse individuals relative to the state of Minnesota’s population.

In 2011, 7.8 percent of service members in the Minnesota National Guard were from diverse ethnicities, compared to 16.6 percent of Minnesotan as a whole. In four years, the Minnesota National Guard closed that gap by attaining 14.3 percent of its force from diverse ethnicities and is approaching the 18.1 percent of Minnesotans that currently come from diverse ethnicities.

To continue the positive trend toward achieving its diversity goals, in 2016 the Minnesota National Guard will continue to engage in community relationship building, such as participation in powwows, engagement with the Somali youth group Ka-Joog and forums on closing the Latino education gap.

Additionally, in 2016 the organization will continue to provide opportunities for service members to represent their heritage affiliations at cultural events, such as participation in lacrosse skill camps, the Hmong New Year, the annual Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast and Cinco de Mayo celebrations.

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.

Throughout 2015, the Minnesota National Guard was successful in recruiting candidates of racial, ethnic and gender diversity backgrounds into the Minnesota National Guard. Diversity efforts emphasized during the past four years have resulted in nearly doubling the number of diverse members in the organization.

In 2015 nearly 27 percent of new Minnesota Army National Guard recruits were from diverse populations, exceeding the Recruiting and Retention Battalion’s 25 percent goal. Meeting this standard ensures that service members develop and continue their careers to become mid- and senior-grade leaders, which benefits the Minnesota National Guard by having a higher proportion of its members trained and ready to deploy.

By building and sustaining new relationships within the community, the Minnesota Air National Guard also increased its racial, ethnic and gender diversity recruits by 4 percent in 2015. Additionally, nearly 22 percent of all recruits were females, and diversity recruits increased in four-out-of-five race and ethnic categories. Partnerships with Somali youth group Ka-Joog, Spanish-speaking radio station La Raza and Open Streets Minneapolis are examples of the Minnesota Air National Guard reaching out to the growing, diverse populace and fostering strong ties within the community.

In a historic change, the Department of Defense announced on Dec. 3, 2015, that all military jobs will be available to women. Even before the DOD rescinded the Ground Combat Exclusion Rule in 2013 – which barred women from serving in combat roles – the Minnesota National Guard initiated opportunities for women to serve in direct combat and leadership positions.

By striving for diversity through inclusion, the Minnesota National Guard is able to draw from the talent found throughout the state. Currently, women in the Minnesota National Guard hold four percent of the available positions they were previously barred from, and female recruits in both the Army and Air National Guard have increased each of the last five years. Women will be fully integrated into combat units by January 2016.

More than 350 Minnesota National Guard members gathered for the first Joint Female Professional Development Symposium at Metropolitan State University in April 2015. The event promoted equality and diversification of thought and talent in the more than 13,000-member force, of which 18 percent are women. Participation in the symposium empowered women to mentor and lead each other into positions of greater responsibility.

Minnesota National Guard recruiters have modeled a similar path of diversity through inclusion. In tandem with reflecting the communities in which they serve, Minnesota National Guard recruiters are challenged to recruit and retain the Soldiers and Airmen needed to maintain the one of the nation's largest National Guard formations while drawing candidates from the nation’s 21st-largest population. Recruiters identify and develop relationships within communities that previously did not have a National Guard presence, ensuring all Minnesotans are afforded the opportunity to serve. In doing so, Minnesota National Guard recruiters ensure the organization remains at or above 100 percent force strength and one of the best in the nation in terms of personnel readiness.

The efforts of the Diversity Working Group and the Recruiting Ambassador program have resulted in the 133rd Airlift Wing connecting with 24 high schools and community colleges and attending more than 15 community events, helping the wing to make measurable strides to more accurately reflect the community it serves. The efforts of the Diversity and Inclusion council and the Community Outreach Ambassador program have resulted in the 148th Fighter Wing connecting with 32 local and regional high schools, colleges, and universities and attending nearly 30 local and regional community events.

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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
8 April
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

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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