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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
Competent Ready Force

"We provide the required personnel, equipment and partnerships to ensure we have a competent, ready force to meet the needs of our state and nation."

The Minnesota National Guard is committed to providing the state and nation a trained, prepared and equipped force, capable of responding to any community need or federal mission.

A competent and ready force is achieved by recruiting the right mix of people, then training them to do specific jobs and assigning them to units across the state. Additionally, units are required to ensure their Soldiers and Airmen are proficient in operating the most up-to-date equipment, and large-scale exercises are routinely executed to evaluate performance and strengthen partnerships with outside agencies.

Personnel readiness, which is achieved when units ensure that all of their people are administratively and medically prepared, is the final component to fielding a competent and ready force.

For more than 14 years the Minnesota National Guard played a significant role in combat missions overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan. With the operation tempo winding down, however, the organization was challenged with maintaining that exceedingly high level of readiness – or risk atrophy and degradation of a force imbued with consumable readiness.

That challenge was met headstrong in a multitude of training exercises that pushed the limits of state partnerships, interagency collaboration and unit competency.

In 2015 the Minnesota National Guard partnered with nearly 500 state, federal and local responders to conduct the Vigilant Guard exercise, which tested the ability of the Minnesota’s response community to support large-scale domestic emergencies.

The 34th Red Bull Infantry Division worked with components in each of the Department of Defense’s branches of service, in addition to eight allied countries, to complete three major training exercises – Yama Sakura, Cooperative Resolve and Talisman Sabre – that tested its ability to rapidly deploy and support emerging events.

The Minnesota Air National Guard participated in a Joint Multinational Readiness Center rotation with the U.S. European Command, air dropping more than 1,000 paratroopers and 93,000 pounds of equipment.

The 148th Fighter Wing conducted three major training events, including a Suppression of Enemy Air Defense exercise with the Japan Self-Defense Force and Republic of Korea Air Force.

The Minnesota National Guard training focus in 2016 is the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team's rotation at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California.

The National Training Center is among the most challenging environments the Army has to offer, providing two weeks of intense combat training for the 1st ABCT. At the conclusion of the rotation, the brigade – which constitutes more than half of the total force of the Minnesota Army National Guard – will be at maximum readiness.

In 2016 the Minnesota National Guard is expected to have three units deployed overseas in support of ongoing missions.

The 682nd Engineer Battalion, which deployed to Kuwait in support of Spartan Shield in October 2015, will provide mission command for vertical and horizontal survey units in the region.

In July 2016 B Company, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 211th Aviation Regiment, will deploy to Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel to provide heavy rotary lift from its CH-47 Chinook cargo helicopters.

The 47th Chaplain Detachment will mobilize in December 2016 to Mihail Kogălniceanu Air Base Passenger Transit Center, Romania.

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Ready Force Articles

Guard unit proudly carries Heritage Torch
08/17/2016

Cannoneers remember lineage during upcoming anniversary
07/20/2016

Minnesota National Guard executes recovery mission following NTC rotation
07/15/2016

Minnesotans visit Croatia to mark 20 years of State Partnership
07/12/2016

Mankato-based 2-135 Infantry deploys to Sinai, Egypt
07/11/2016

Minnesota guardsmen help secure skies above South Korea
07/06/2016

Two years of hard work pays off for Red Bulls at NTC
07/01/2016

Red Bull infantrymen prepare for deployment
06/29/2016

Minnesota National Guard and Norwegian Home Guard Soldiers conduct domestic operations training with local law enforcement
06/28/2016

Here comes the boom!
06/21/2016

Red Bulls Begin Saber Strike
06/14/2016

The wait is over; Minnesota Red Bulls enter "The Box"
06/13/2016

Minnesota and Croatia celebrate 20 years of partnership
06/10/2016

Movement complete, let the battle begin
06/08/2016

Minnesota ministry teams lock arms for joint training
04/13/2016

Minnesota National Guard Soldiers to deploy to Sinai
04/08/2016

Minnesota's recruiting command finds success in diversity, inclusion
03/25/2016

Minnesota educators get a tour of Camp Ripley
03/23/2016

Minnesota Guardsman shares cyber knowledge with visitors from Poland
03/22/2016

Army leaders ensure their readiness for command
03/16/2016

Commanders prepare for daunting desert challenge
02/25/2016

Leader training prepares 1ABCT soldiers for NTC rotation
02/19/2016

Simulations training gets Minnesota Guard ready for battle
01/28/2016

Running the war simulator
12/09/2015

Red Bulls participate in Yama Sakura
12/08/2015

Minnesota National Guard school house builds tomorrow's leaders
10/28/2015

Minnesota Guardsmen compete in Army Ten-Miler
10/11/2015

Mock refugee crisis trains next generation of humanitarians
09/14/2015

Croatian State Partnerships Strengthened During Vigilant Guard
08/24/2015

Local rails get Guard to mission
07/02/2015

Large-scale exercises test 1/34th ABCT
06/29/2015

Red Bulls Welcome New Command Sergeant Major
05/17/2015

Preparation proves key when it comes to the Warfighter
04/18/2015

US State Partnership Programme improves regional security
03/30/2015

Camp Ripley Unveils Education Center Expansion
03/11/2015

Minnesota Guardsman honored with General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award
03/10/2015

Train as you fight
03/05/2015

Minnesota Guardsman overcomes severe injury with positive attitude, hard work
03/04/2015

Norwegian Home Guard gets inter-agency training
02/25/2015

148th Fighter Wing 1st Sgt. Assists in Saving a Life
02/23/2015

Minnesota Guardsman takes over as command chief warrant officer for the Army National Guard
02/23/2015

Two 34th CAB Soldiers earn prestigious Expert Field Medical Badge
02/09/2015

Finnish Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee visits Camp Ripley
11/03/2014

Army National Guard Hosts Wild Fire Air Display
09/25/2014

133rd Airlift Wing learns pediatric care from Children's Hospital specialists
09/18/2014

Minnesota National Guard partners with University of Minnesota for humanitarian response exercise
09/11/2014

Norex 2014 Magazine.pdf
09/08/2014

1/34 ABCT Contributes to NATO Interoperability
09/04/2014

Minnesota National Guard trains with civilian partners in disaster response
08/15/2014

Aviators and aircrew train for Kuwait
06/27/2014

34th Red Bull Infantry Division participates in Warfighter
06/24/2014

Minnesota's 148th Fighter Wing participates in three European total force exercises
06/23/2014

American-Norwegian exchange looks forward to warm partnership
06/20/2014

From the plains of Minnesota to the Mountains of Porsangmoen
06/19/2014

55th Civil Support Team trains with interagency partners in Duluth
06/13/2014

Camp Ripley Presents Proficiency and Preparedness for Training Units
06/04/2014

Minnesota's 133rd Prepares to Deploy [AUDIO]
05/06/2014

34th Combat Aviation Brigade gears up for year-long deployment
05/02/2014

Minnesota Soldiers compete for title of Best Warrior
04/16/2014

849th MAC conducts joint operation to support Afghan presidential election
04/07/2014

The Gophers and the Flying Vikings conduct eight-ship interfly
03/28/2014

Guard Sees Savings, Ready Force from Flight Simulators
03/26/2014

Red Bulls Prepare for Warfighter
03/21/2014

Afghanistan Update: 114th Transportation Company [AUDIO]
03/13/2014

U campus pipeline to the military is under federal review
03/06/2014

Inver Grove Heights Armory hosts Military Job Fair for High School Students
02/24/2014

Maintaining National Guard Force Structure
02/07/2014

Funding rift pits active-duty military against Guard, Reserve (video)
02/01/2014

Water Survival Training
01/29/2014

Soldier Readiness Process allows balanced force composition
01/28/2014

Guard Opens Armories for Stranded Travelers
01/27/2014

Partnerships prosper as military and civilian health care providers discuss best practices for military members
01/23/2014

Traditional Weapon Gets a New Twist
11/20/2013

Canadian military gives thanks during training at Camp Ripley
10/23/2013

Decade-long partnership reinforces effective training
10/07/2013

We are strong, but not invincible
10/01/2013

Camp Ripley Trains to Ensure Safety, Security and Awareness
09/20/2013

The 148th scores high in Readiness Inspection
09/06/2013

Crossing the Line
09/05/2013

2013 Vibrant Response Exercise Builds Competent Ready Force
08/14/2013

Horizontal Engineers Make Safe Passage in Bagram
08/09/2013

Minnesota Guardsmen participate in Panther Strike exercise
07/25/2013

Minnesota Guardsmen participate in 2013 Patriot Exercise
07/19/2013

Reset Year Complete
07/12/2013

Minn. National Guard launches its $3.9 million drone facility
05/18/2013

Camp Ripley opens new facility for unmanned aircraft
05/17/2013

Operation Agriculture: Minnesota Guard assists Afghan farmers
05/15/2013

Operation Synergy empowers Service members toward personal growth
05/10/2013

Minnesota Guard conducts water workshop with Croatian partners
05/09/2013

How Do You Measure Up?
04/17/2013

Minnesota 175th RTI becomes Institution of Excellence
04/17/2013

Minnesotan, Norwegian Soldiers Celebrate 40 Years of Partnership
02/28/2013

Maj. Gen. Nash Receives Prominent Norwegian Military Award
02/27/2013

Serving Our Troops Thanks Minnesotans serving in Norway
02/22/2013

Minnesota, Norway Partnership Grows Strong at Camp Ripley
02/20/2013

Norwegian Troop Exchange celebrates with 40th anniversary banquet
02/17/2013

Minnesota Guard Trains in Norwegian Winter
02/17/2013

Gift of Norwegian stone as strong as friendship
02/16/2013

Minnesota Guard Arrives, Trains in Norway
02/15/2013

Red Bulls and partners train for upcoming Australian exercise
01/13/2013

Minnesota Guard Trains with Croatian Partners to Mentor Afghans
05/24/2012

Minnesota Adjutant General meets with Croatian Military Leaders
05/18/2012

Minnesota Soldiers train with partners in Croatia
05/16/2012

Norwegian Exchange Farewell Banquet
02/19/2012

Norwegian Home Guard officers hit the airwaves
02/14/2012

Norwegian Home Guard training at Camp Ripley
02/14/2012

Minnesota Guard arrives in Norway for annual exchange
02/09/2012

Norwegian Home Guard is spending its 39th year with troops at Camp Ripley
02/09/2012

Canadian service members receive awards from 1-125 FA
01/12/2012

Camp Ripley Regional Training Institute Graduates Medics
10/04/2011

Croatian exchangees visit Camp Ripley
07/30/2011

Croatian Exchange Partners for Peace trip brings VIPs to Ripley
07/26/2011

Croatian leaders visit troops
07/18/2011

Minnesota National Guard partners with Croatia to mentor Afghan Soldiers
07/07/2011

Partnership worth building- Minnesota Guard and Croatian Army build classroom in Croatia
06/17/2011

2-136 Soldiers train in Croatia
06/15/2011

Soldiers battle bitter cold during Canadian winter combat exercise
03/05/2011

Soldier Exchange creates bonds between Minn. and Norway (video)
02/23/2011

Norwegian Exchange Buddy Weekend
02/21/2011

Norwegian Exchange brings relatives together
02/18/2011

Minnesota Guard trains in bitter Norwegian cold
02/15/2011

Norwegians, Croatians train with U.S. M4 Rifle at Ripley
02/15/2011

An American meal for the Norwegian Exchange
02/15/2011

Croatian soldiers visit Afghani children shelter
02/02/2011

Minn. Guard, Croatian and Afghan partners deliver supplies to orphanage
01/27/2011

NATO-ISAF medals awarded to members of joint Croatian-US OMLT III
01/19/2011

Mentor team deploys with Croatians to Afghanistan
10/22/2010

Minnesota Guard, Croatia Train for Afghanistan Deployment
06/03/2010

Guard Exchange with Croatia capped by demos for VIPs
05/07/2010

Minnesota Guard trains with Croatian partners
05/04/2010

2010 Norwegian Exchange Program comes to a close
02/22/2010

Minnesota Guard provides local training with a global impact
02/22/2010

Norwegian soldiers tour area
02/21/2010

Norwegian Home Guard officers visit St. Olaf College
02/19/2010

The Youth of the Norwegian Home Guard
02/18/2010

Minnesota National Guard Conducts 37th Annual Norwegian Exchange
02/12/2010

Minnesota National Guard Conducts 37th Annual Norwegian Exchange
02/11/2010

Klobuchar announces $3.6 million for National Guard projects
12/22/2009

148th Fighter Wing wins big in House spending bill; other Northland projects get money
12/11/2009

Canadian seasoning
11/13/2009

$37.2 million National Guard helicopter base will help maintain fleet
03/18/2009

Minnesota Guardsmen Train in Norway for the 36th Year
03/06/2009

Minnesota Guardsmen participate in 37th Annual Reciprocal Troop Exchange
02/23/2009

All American by day, Norwegian by Night
02/17/2009

Minnesota Soldiers prepare Canadian Airmen for upcoming deployment
09/26/2008

U.S. House passes $4.5 million for 148th hangar
09/25/2008

Duluth Air National Guard base may get $4.2 million for new maintenance hangar
05/09/2008

Soldiers and Airmen conducting training in Norway
02/22/2008

Senior Training Coordinators in Little Falls
02/20/2008

The 35th Annual Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange Begins
02/20/2008

Minnesota National Guard Prepares for Norwegian Exchange
01/13/2008

Canadian and US Soldiers team up for Ex BISON WARRIOR
06/15/2007

1-34th BCT surpasses $15 million in reenlistment bonuses
03/14/2007

A man who helps to make it happen
02/23/2007

Cultural Experience
02/23/2007

Field Training in Norway
02/21/2007

Minnesota, Norwegian Troop Exchange
02/20/2007

MN National Guard members start training mission in Norway
02/16/2007

Norwegian Exchange Preparation Weekend at Camp Ripley
01/24/2007

Governor unveils $74.8 million Military and Veterans support package
01/08/2007


 
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