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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


"We connect service members, families, employers and communities to ensure the resilience of those who serve through Beyond the Yellow Ribbon."

Since the first Yellow Ribbon Network was proclaimed in 2008, 95 networks encompassing more than 270 Minnesota communities have emerged. These self-sustaining networks strive to support the service members, veterans and military families – of any age and from any era – that reside in their area. In 2014 the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program saw the cities of Cloquet, Cosmos, Crystal, Elko New Market, Flensburg, Genola, Golden Valley, New Hope, Pipestone, Redwood Falls and Robbinsdale join the effort. Additionally, the counties of Carlton, McLeod and Pipestone earned the governor’s official Yellow Ribbon Proclamation.

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. In 2014 the Mall of America, Northwestern Mutual – The Bohannen Group, Cargill, Minnesota Twins, SuperAmerica/Northern Tier and McGough Construction were proclaimed, bringing the total number of Yellow Ribbon Companies to 40.

After nearly six years of community outreach, the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program accomplished its goal of having Yellow Ribbon Networks in each of the Minnesota National Guard’s 61 communities.

The success of Minnesota’s Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program has garnered national attention. The program has been presented as a premier, community-capacity building model to other states looking to emulate the program.

In 2014 the Minnesota National Guard implemented new skills training. Taught by certified master resilience trainers, the unit-focused training is designed to bolster service members’ mental toughness and enhance their duty performance and overall well-being. Additionally, partnerships with state agencies and organizations have resulted in increased holistic support for service members when they are not in military duty status.

In 2014 the Minnesota National Guard recorded the lowest number of suicide and suicide ideation since internal tracking began in 2007. The Guard’s relationship with the Minnesota Suicide Prevention Planning Task Force confirmed that suicide trends in the organization have been consistent with those across Minnesota.

The Minnesota National Guard’s eight Family Assistance Centers served more than 62,500 military family members and coordinated 144 grants, totaling $315,000, from independent charitable foundations to support military members in need.

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Resiliency Video Playlist

Resiliency Articles

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

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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