The Minnesota National Guardâ€™s enduring goal is to provide an agile, resilient force, ready to fulfill any federal, state or community need. The Minnesota National Guardâ€™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."
With the U.S. military in the midst of a campaign to modify its total force to fit the complex and demanding missions anticipated in 2020 and beyond, there is an ongoing effort to ensure the Minnesota National Guardâ€™s force structure remains intact to respond when called upon by the state or nation.
By employing smart budget practices, fielding new inventory and proactively training its members, the Minnesota National Guard will complete any and all assigned missions with an ideal blend of talent.
The Minnesota National Guard is proficient in fielding new equipment into the organization. This requires considerable effort as service members must be trained to operate the new equipment, and infrastructure must be in place to properly store and maintain the new items. The full-service training facilities at Camp Ripley, Arden Hills Army Training Site and the 148th Fighter Wing provide the infrastructure and environment to accomplish this.
In 2015 the 34th Combat Aviation Brigade upgraded its Black Hawk helicopters to the UH-60M model, which enhances aircraft control, survivability, range and navigation while reducing maintenance costs.
Additionally, the 334th Brigade Engineer Battalion fielded a Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Reconnaissance Vehicle that can detect contaminants in an area of operations and transmit hazard information throughout the force. This asset further enhances the battalionâ€™s ability to support the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Teamâ€™s transition from a traditional combat brigade into a self-contained combined arms formation.
In December 2015 the Minnesota Army National Guard was selected to receive a Cyber Protection Team. The team, which will be fully operational by 2019, will enhance the organizationâ€™s ability to support state, local and regional responses for cyber contingencies.
Lastly, the organization will continue to implement the Readiness Center Transformation Master Plan, a 20-year blueprint implemented in 2015 that guides the Minnesota National Guard through a process of constructing, consolidating and closing some of its facilities. The RCTMP was the result of an extensive study that assessed long-term facility conditions, capacity for improvements, demographics and travel considerations for unit members.