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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
Service members and their Families

"We connect service members, veterans, military families, employers and communities to ensure the resilience of those who serve."

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon is one of several programs housed under the Minnesota National Guard’s State Family Programs office. Through a massive synchronization effort that ties military-connected families to employers, communities, resources, providers and other service-support organizations, Beyond the Yellow Ribbon fosters resilience among Soldiers and Airmen while creating awareness of the challenges of military service and providing an opportunity for Minnesotans to support service members, veterans and their families.

Since the first Yellow Ribbon Network was proclaimed in 2008, 98 networks in 217 communities and 25 counties have emerged in Minnesota. These self-sustaining, crosscommunity networks, which draw together agencies, community leaders and volunteers, strive to support the service members, veterans and military families – of any age and from any era – that reside in their areas. In 2016, the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program saw the city of Lino Lakes join the effort.

The Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program also recognizes Minnesota companies that make a commitment to supporting the service members, veterans and military families that they employ. Yellow Ribbon Companies go above and beyond in their efforts to hire and recruit veterans in addition to connecting with military-support efforts in their local communities. In 2016 Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, ALLETE/Minnesota Power, United Parcel Service, North Hennepin Community College and Minnesota Sports & Entertainment were proclaimed, bringing the number of Yellow Ribbon Companies to 53.

In 2016 the Minnesota National Guard’s State Family Programs office was nationally certified by the Council on Accreditation, an organization that promotes and recognizes excellence in community-based support. The accreditation not only highlights the strength and effectiveness of Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, but also ensures the program has sound financial management principles, ethical decision-making practices and provides highquality service with positive outcomes.ll service members, veterans and military families.

The State Family Programs office created a directory of resources in Minnesota for service members and military families, allowing military-connected families to easily find professional support for their specific needs. Whether the need be related to finance, insurance, employment or housing, support can now be found through the Service Provider Network hosted online by Joint Service Support, the national advocate for National Guard service members, families and veterans.

Additionally, the State Family Programs office increased its family outreach efforts to provide more opportunities for military-connected families to connect and build stronger bonds. With the demands of military service straining families due to time spent apart and other stressors, family outreach efforts such as the “Minnesota Military Family Challenge” and overnight stays at the Minnesota Zoo provide structured programs that allow families to build resilience and cement relationships.

In 2017 the Beyond the Yellow Program seeks to have all Fortune 500 companies in Minnesota aspire to become Yellow Ribbon Companies. Currently there are seven of 17 Fortune 500 companies proclaimed. Additional support by employers of this magnitude would not only significantly increase resilience of military-connected employees, but also expand employment opportunities for service members, veterans and military families.

The continued growth and maturation of the program – and especially the communities and companies that foster the program – are of vital importance to the Minnesota National Guard as service members and family members adjust to an increase in responsibility and training requirements being seen throughout the nation’s entire National Guard.

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Resiliency Video Playlist

Resiliency Articles

Month of the Military Child highlights the sacrifices of military kids
04/04/2017

Camp Ripley Garrison Unit Ministry Team to deploy
12/07/2016

Chef Challenge serves up for military and community
11/30/2016

Minnesota's Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Program to be recognized on State Fair Military Appreciation Day
08/26/2016

Mental health focus of conference at Camp Ripley
04/20/2016

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

Minnesota Airman Joins Forces to Create Blue Watch
02/24/2016

Minnesota veterans outdoor programs awarded $90,000 grant
02/17/2016

Soldier values show through in community sharing
12/16/2015

A wreath for every headstone
12/14/2015

133AW and Best Buy Corporate join together to support Operation Gratitude
11/12/2015

Minnesota Department of Corrections named Yellow Ribbon Company
10/16/2015

Former Minnesota Guardsman Continues Service Outside of the Uniform
10/14/2015

682nd Engineer Battalion receives community send-off
10/09/2015

Camp Ripleys Open House Shares the Success of One Team
09/24/2015

Event provides support for veteran business owners
09/23/2015

682nd Soldiers, families enjoy picnic prior to deployment
09/21/2015

Tee It Up for the Troops event recognizes service and sacrifice
09/15/2015

Minnesota National Guard fun runs highlight the 'Power of One' in suicide prevention
09/14/2015

Minnesota Guardsmen among 25 honored with Veterans' Voices Awards
09/11/2015

Honor to the lost
07/08/2015

Minnesota Dedicates Tribute to Military Families on the State Capitol Grounds
06/15/2015

Minnesota Family Tribute Honors all Military and Veteran Families
06/03/2015

Minnesota 'Purples Up' for Military Children
04/15/2015

Statewide Joining Community Forces - Minnesota events provide support for communities and military
04/14/2015

April recognized as Month of the Military Child
04/01/2015

Gold Star Fathers Share Story of Love, Service and Sacrifice
03/25/2015

Minnesota National Guard Presents Yellow Ribbon Company Seminar
03/12/2015

Beth El Synagogue supports those who serve through 'Heroes Among Us' initiative
02/12/2015

Hugo Yellow Ribbon Network Celebrates Five Years
12/18/2014

A First Sergeant's Surprise
12/16/2014

204th ASMC commander provides mission update on Minnesota Military Radio
12/15/2014

Holiday gatherings strengthen military family togetherness
12/10/2014

133rd Airlift Wing Receives Resilience Training through First Hand Experience
11/19/2014

114th Transportation Company Welcome Home Ceremony
10/22/2014

The conflict at home: Substance Abuse Awareness Month
10/01/2014

Waseca veteran pushes area to become Yellow Ribbon community
08/05/2014

Minneapolis-based Cargill becomes Yellow Ribbon Company
07/08/2014

133rd Airlift Wing promotes healthy marriages with Strong Bonds
06/17/2014

849th MAC's return celebrated all along Highway 12
06/05/2014

Deploying Soldiers and families honored with steak lunch
05/19/2014

Veterans in Crisis Law Enforcement Training
04/28/2014

Purple Up! event brings awareness for Month of the Military Child in Minnesota
04/15/2014

Purple Up! Day at the State Capitol Rotunda
04/14/2014

DET 39 Soldiers' return warms families after long winter, separation
04/05/2014

Norwood Young America proclaimed Yellow Ribbon community
12/30/2013

Soldier surprises family as Scuba Claus
12/22/2013

Camp Ripley and Community Share Holiday Cheer
12/20/2013

Operation Helping Hands for Hometown Heroes
12/19/2013

Veterans Reach Out to the Community During Local Coat Giveaway
12/17/2013

Minnesota National Guard Leader Recognized by Collegiate Community
12/16/2013

Family Matters Go Beyond the Uniform
12/04/2013

Minneapolis becomes 254th Yellow Ribbon Network in Minnesota
12/03/2013

Minnesota National Guard female leaders speak about helping military families, working and raising children
12/02/2013

Shop, Ship and Share event supports U.S. Service members overseas
11/25/2013

Tea time with senior master sergeant Dad
11/18/2013

Chisholm community, families send off 114th Transportation Company
10/15/2013

Camp Ripley Annual Golf Tournament Makes Historic Shots
09/25/2013

Military children start off the school year on the right foot
09/13/2013

Camp Ripley Hosts Camps for Military Youth
08/19/2013

Military spouse and volunteer receives national award
07/23/2013

Litchfield community says goodbye as the 849th MAC prepares for Afghanistan
07/17/2013

Maple Grove scheduled for Yellow Ribbon Recognition
07/08/2013

Beyond The Yellow Ribbon Program Grows in the Community
06/28/2013

A big day for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve
05/20/2013

Iraq War left mark on Minn. National Guard members, families
03/19/2013

Veteran Reintegration Focus of Central Minnesota Forum
03/13/2013

St Louis Park joins Beyond The Yellow Ribbon
02/27/2013

Yellow Ribbon Summits draw out the best
02/23/2013

Red Bulls Visit Local Veterans Home for the Holidays
11/18/2012

Sgt. Josh Brummond: A Veterans Employment Success
11/14/2012

Editorial: Commit, recommit to jobs for veterans
11/14/2012

Timberwolves Celebrate Military Appreciation Month
11/09/2012

Veterans reclaim memories of the hunt in Hugo
10/26/2012

Forest Lake goes above and beyond with Yellow Ribbon designation
10/17/2012

Red Shirt Rally Shows Support
10/12/2012

Morris Area Yellow Ribbon Network poised for state recognition
10/06/2012

Capt. Jason Anderson: A Veterans Employment Success
10/01/2012

Soucheray: Help them soldier on
09/02/2012

Low turnout for Yellow Ribbon meeting, but efforts continue
07/23/2012

Coming Home: Creating Success for our Veterans
07/01/2012

Minn. Guard veterans join reintegration events
06/24/2012

Faribault proclaimed Yellow Ribbon City
06/01/2012

Governor scheduled to recognize Yellow Ribbon entities at St. Paul Saints home opener
05/15/2012

St. Paul joins Yellow Ribbon Network
05/15/2012

Importance of Yellow Ribbon Networks
05/11/2012

Mission Accomplished: Return of the 1st Brigade Combat Team
05/06/2012

Faith communities plan military family support
05/03/2012

Returning veterans seek jobs
04/25/2012

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon gears up as soldiers return
04/23/2012

National Guard funds that include Camp Ripley clear key committee
09/17/2010

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


 
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