Minnesota National Guard
Minnesota National Guard Priorities
Our priorities

The Minnesota National Guard’s enduring goal is to provide agile and resilient Citizen-Soldiers and -Airmen to fulfill any federal, state or community demand. To reach this goal the Minnesota National Guard must be successful in two key areas: providing ready military units whenever and wherever needed and integrating the mutual needs and requirements of our many important stakeholders with our own capabilities.

Providing ready units achieves our greatest obligation to the state of Minnesota and the United States. We must effectively prepare our units throughout all phases of the readiness cycle to ensure we are ready when called upon to support our nation overseas or at home. In order to provide this force, we must have the right mix of personnel and force structure for current and anticipated missions.

Developing and maintaining external relationships that add value to the Minnesota National Guard benefits our Soldiers and Airmen by providing the resources needed to sustain quality of life during periods of deployment and redeployment.

To accomplish these objectives, we focus on six priorities. The priorities complement each other and work together to strengthen our organization. Each of these priorities are integrated into everything we do throughout the force.

- 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
Optimal Force Structure

"We optimize our force by structuring our personnel, equipment and capabilities to accomplish current and anticipated missions." Ever-changing budgets, strategies and mission requirements – both state and federal – necessitate that the Minnesota National Guard constantly evaluates the composition and location of units. This assessment ensures the Minnesota National Guard is best positioned to respond to state needs and properly train for anticipated missions.

In 2014 the Minnesota National Guard realigned the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team by reorganizing existing Minnesota National Guard units. The brigade incorporated engineer, forward support, military intelligence, signal and headquarters companies into the newly formed 334th Brigade Engineer Battalion. The move integrates all of the brigade’s required assets under one command.

Additionally, some Minnesota National Guard units are preparing to field new or upgraded equipment in the coming years. The 347th Regional Support Group, having added 20 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles and 18 Heavy Equipment Transport systems to its fleet, and the 34th Combat Aviation Brigade, having upgraded its UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, are two units enhancing their capabilities. In order to safely and effectively operate the new equipment, these units will undergo extensive training.

In 2014 and beyond, Minnesota National Guard leaders responsible for ensuring an optimal force structure remain focused on two actions.

The first action is to enhance cyber capabilities by adding a platoon-sized, information technology team to provide additional cyber security and response.

The second action is beginning to implement the Readiness Center Transformation Master Plan, a 20-year plan recommending new construction, consolidation and closure of some Minnesota National Guard facilities.

RCTMP was the result of a years-long study enacted to assess facility condition, age, capacity for improvements, demographics and travel considerations for unit members.

The RCTMP end state projects 85 percent of the organization’s facilities will be in fair or good condition by 2034 – compared to only 14 percent if the Minnesota National Guard were to continue on its current path.

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Force Structure Video Playlist

Force Structure Articles

Minnesota National Guard works toward sustainable armory plan

Minnesota's 133rd Prepares to Deploy [AUDIO]

34th Combat Aviation Brigade gears up for year-long deployment

The Adjutant General answers questions about force structure

Red Bulls Prepare for Warfighter

Afghanistan Update: 114th Transportation Company [AUDIO]

International partners develop optimal force structure at Camp Ripley

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Maintaining National Guard Force Structure

Service Member Athletes Exercise on a Sustainable Infrastructure

Funding rift pits active-duty military against Guard, Reserve (video)

By Maj. Gen. Richard Nash: Proposed military cuts will affect Minnesota National Guard

Soldier Readiness Process allows balanced force composition

Minnesota National Guard Gets Lean on Process Improvement

Minnesota Adjutant General visits Camp Ripley

Prepared for the road

Minnesota Cyber Team Protects, Prepares State for Disaster

Minnesota recruiters exceed recruiting goals

UAV unit ground proficiency ensures airborne success

Combat Survival Training sets up Airmen for Success

Guard the Field brings students and Vikings together

Camp Ripley expects no additional state funds this session

Commissioner tours new Camp Ripley facility

Behind the scenes at Camp Ripley

CACTF brings realistic training capabilities to Camp Ripley

Advanced combat simulators utilized at Camp Ripley

New Emergency Management Training Center opens at Camp Ripley

Aviation Soldiers conduct air assault training at Camp Ripley

Camp Ripley Regional Training Institute Graduates Medics

National Guard Armory in Hastings rededicated after makeover

Sen Klobuchar promotes Active Association at 148th Fighter Wing

148th Fighter Wing conducts major accident response exercise

Duluth Chamber launches effort to promote 148th Fighter Wing

New Display To Showcase Pride in 148th Fighter Wing

133rd Airlift Wing Announces De-Icing Pad Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Scheduled June 30

Delegation meets to discuss future of Duluth-based 148th Fighter Wing

What is the Future for Duluth's 148th Fighter Wing? (video)

Morris Armory will be home to new company

New Armory, fire hall deal set for Monday closing

Spring start planned for $11M armory in Arden Hills

Armory Renovations Starting Soon