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
|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 â€“ 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 Minnesotaâ€™s response community to support large-scale domestic emergencies.
The 34th Red Bull Infantry Division worked with components in each of the Department of Defenseâ€™s branches of service, in addition to eight allied countries, to complete three major training exercises â€“ Yama Sakura, Cooperative Resolve and Talisman Sabre â€“ 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 â€“ which constitutes more than half of the total force of the Minnesota Army National Guard â€“ 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 KogÄƒlniceanu Air Base Passenger Transit Center, Romania.