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
Service members and their Families
Beyond The Yellow Ribbon

"The ultimate objective of the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program is to improve the wellness and resiliency of Service members, their employers and military family members.  We will do this by building and maintaining partnerships with civilian and governmental agencies.  By leveraging those relationships, we will provide the best service, training and support to our Service members and their families.  Finally, we will raise awareness of federal, state and local resources available to them during periods of deployment and reintegration." Resiliency
- Minnesota Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Richard C. Nash

In 2013, we focused on sustaining the partnerships we have created with civilian and government agencies. By leveraging those established relationships, we can provide the best service, training and support to our Service members and their families.

Minnesota now has 259 total Yellow Ribbon organizations – 23 counties, 202 cities and 34 companies. These organizations commit to supporting Service members, veterans and their families within their communities.

The Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program incorporates Family Programs; Youth Programs; Family Assistance Centers; Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Training; Resilience, Risk Reduction and Suicide Prevention; Military Family Life Consultants; the Director of Psychological Health; the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve and Transition Assistance Advisors.

An important accomplishment of 2013 was getting all of the school districts in Minnesota access to the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon K-12 Military Kids Toolkit through our partnership with the Minnesota Department of Education. This toolkit provides a curriculum for schools with resources to support military-connected kids in classrooms.

The Minnesota National Guard’s eight full-time Family Assistance Centers served more than 62,000 military family members in 2013 and submitted 152 grants totaling more than $324,000 to support those in financial crisis. This was accomplished with two fewer family assistance centers in the state than in previous years.

We raised awareness of federal, state and local resources available to Service members and their families during periods of deployment and reintegration. The Yellow Ribbon Readiness Services team developed and executed 18 reintegration events, positively impacting nearly 2,300 service members and their families.

Employment of service members and veterans remains an important priority. Business and community partners from across Minnesota ensure service members and families have access to the most up-to-date information on topics such as small business assistance, tax rules and benefits, veterans benefits and employment development.

Key partners include the Small Business Administration, local and regional chambers of commerce, the Minnesota Departments of Employment and Economic Development, Veterans Affairs, and Labor.

The Minnesota National Guard was recognized for our success with a 2013 Silver Anvil award from the Public Relations Society of America for an interagency communication program titled “Hire Minnesota’s Veterans.”

Lastly, the Minnesota National Guard is postured to meet the current and future needs of our Service members and their families. We have a vested interest in the well-being of our men and women in uniform and are committed to providing the services needed to ensure they are ready and resilient to meet the challenges ahead.
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Resiliency Articles

Hugo Yellow Ribbon Network Celebrates Five Years

A First Sergeant's Surprise

204th ASMC commander provides mission update on Minnesota Military Radio

Holiday gatherings strengthen military family togetherness

133rd Airlift Wing Receives Resilience Training through First Hand Experience

114th Transportation Company Welcome Home Ceremony

The conflict at home: Substance Abuse Awareness Month

Waseca veteran pushes area to become Yellow Ribbon community

Minneapolis-based Cargill becomes Yellow Ribbon Company

133rd Airlift Wing promotes healthy marriages with Strong Bonds

849th MAC's return celebrated all along Highway 12

Deploying Soldiers and families honored with steak lunch

Veterans in Crisis Law Enforcement Training

Purple Up! event brings awareness for Month of the Military Child in Minnesota

Purple Up! Day at the State Capitol Rotunda

DET 39 Soldiers' return warms families after long winter, separation

Norwood Young America proclaimed Yellow Ribbon community

Soldier surprises family as Scuba Claus

Camp Ripley and Community Share Holiday Cheer

Operation Helping Hands for Hometown Heroes

Veterans Reach Out to the Community During Local Coat Giveaway

Minnesota National Guard Leader Recognized by Collegiate Community

Family Matters Go Beyond the Uniform

Minneapolis becomes 254th Yellow Ribbon Network in Minnesota

Minnesota National Guard female leaders speak about helping military families, working and raising children

Shop, Ship and Share event supports U.S. Service members overseas

Tea time with senior master sergeant Dad

Chisholm community, families send off 114th Transportation Company

Camp Ripley Annual Golf Tournament Makes Historic Shots

Military children start off the school year on the right foot

Camp Ripley Hosts Camps for Military Youth

Military spouse and volunteer receives national award

Litchfield community says goodbye as the 849th MAC prepares for Afghanistan

Maple Grove scheduled for Yellow Ribbon Recognition

Beyond The Yellow Ribbon Program Grows in the Community

A big day for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve

Iraq War left mark on Minn. National Guard members, families

Veteran Reintegration Focus of Central Minnesota Forum

St Louis Park joins Beyond The Yellow Ribbon

Yellow Ribbon Summits draw out the best

Red Bulls Visit Local Veterans Home for the Holidays

Editorial: Commit, recommit to jobs for veterans

Sgt. Josh Brummond: A Veterans Employment Success

Timberwolves Celebrate Military Appreciation Month

Veterans reclaim memories of the hunt in Hugo

Forest Lake goes above and beyond with Yellow Ribbon designation

Red Shirt Rally Shows Support

Morris Area Yellow Ribbon Network poised for state recognition

Capt. Jason Anderson: A Veterans Employment Success

Soucheray: Help them soldier on

Low turnout for Yellow Ribbon meeting, but efforts continue

Coming Home: Creating Success for our Veterans

Minn. Guard veterans join reintegration events

Faribault proclaimed Yellow Ribbon City

St. Paul joins Yellow Ribbon Network

Governor scheduled to recognize Yellow Ribbon entities at St. Paul Saints home opener

Importance of Yellow Ribbon Networks

Mission Accomplished: Return of the 1st Brigade Combat Team

Faith communities plan military family support

Returning veterans seek jobs

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon gears up as soldiers return