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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

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

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

Sgt. Josh Brummond: A Veterans Employment Success
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

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

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


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