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
Capabilities aligned with Missions

"We will continually assess and evaluate the right mix of people and equipment to leverage our capabilities, while balancing the ideal composition for current and anticipated missions.  In achieving the optimal force structure, we will maintain the capabilities of our two Air National Guard wings and the 34th Infantry Division Headquarters." Force Structure
- Minnesota Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Richard C. Nash

For a decade the Minnesota National Guard has maintained personnel strength levels above target and consistently demonstrated its ability to sustain a competent, ready force for federal and state missions. Because of this history of success in readiness, the Minnesota National Guard is postured to support additional force structure.

The Minnesota National Guard is actively working to obtain new and additional force structure in the form of additional units and personnel to better support our state and federal mission. Acquiring cyber capabilities is a focal point of these efforts because of the increasing importance of cyber security today and into the future.

Future force structure considerations will ensure that we can rapidly and effectively support an all-hazards response in support of local authorities.

With the goal of optimal force structure in mind, the Minnesota National Guard will maintain the capabilities of two Air National Guard wings by striving to build upon the significant investment in readiness made through years of conflict.

The Minnesota National Guard will conduct necessary restructuring actions that enhance readiness and best support our domestic and overseas missions. We will work to maintain our essential functions of aviation, civil support teams, command and control, communications, engineering, logistics, maintenance, medical, security and transportation.

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