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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
Optimal Force Structure

"We optimize our force by structuring our personnel, equipment and capabilities to accomplish current and anticipated missions."

The priority of ensuring the Minnesota National Guard has the right units, in the right locations, trained to do the right job, requires constant evaluation and organizational flexibility. Coupled with budgets, strategies and mission requirements – both state and federal – that change from year-to-year, the Minnesota National Guard is continually focused on fine-tuning its force structure, upgrading equipment and improving training efficiency.

In 2016 the Minnesota National Guard fielded dozens of new pieces of equipment, weapons systems and information technology enhancements in the form of tactical communication systems and application software upgrades. Because the Minnesota National Guard has gained a reputation for quickly training service members on proper use and maintenance of new equipment, the organization’s physical property has moved to the forefront of military-issued equipment. This effort also aligns the Minnesota National Guard with the Department of Defense’s Total Force Policy, an effort to enhance the interoperability of active and reserve units in order to seamlessly combine efforts to accomplish both domestic and overseas missions.

New equipment in 2016 included the addition of two retrofitted Small Unit Support Vehicles, a tracked vehicle designed to support small teams during operations in all types of environments and terrains. With the increase of inventory allocated to units across the state, the Minnesota National Guard has enhanced its ability to support local responders in emergency response utilizing a vehicle that can navigate snow, ice and water.

A total of 11 units moved geographic locations in 2016 to ensure specialized teams are stationed as close as possible to where their skills will be best utilized, while taking advantage of new building openings and armory renovations. The 434th Chemical Company, which was based out of the now-closed Northfield armory, moved to the recently-remodeled Hastings armory allowing a more robust work space while shortening unit distance to the 55th Civil Support Team in St. Paul – a unit the 434th often works and trains with. Additionally, as preparation efforts for the implementation of additional cyber defense teams into the organization continues, the Minnesota National Guard is exploring the most robust and tech-savvy communities as potential homes of these new assets.

In 2017 the Minnesota National Guard will continue to develop and maintain its relationships with the National Guard Bureau to keep abreast of new equipment offerings and national policy changes that may affect the Minnesota National Guard’s future force structure.

Additionally, the organization will continue to implement the Readiness Center Transformation Master Plan, a 20-year plan implemented in 2015 that guides the Minnesota National Guard through a process of constructing, consolidating and closing some of its facilities. The plan was the result of a years-long study that assessed long-term facility condition, capacity for improvements, demographics and travel considerations for unit members – all of which will ensure the Minnesota National Guard’s force structure is prepared for changes in the years to come.

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Force Structure Articles

National Guard to Host Ribbon Cutting at New Facility in Arden Hills

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