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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
Sustainable Infrastructure

"We invest in sustainable infrastructure to ensure our facilities are economically and environmentally sound and remain assets to service members and communities."

Sustaining the infrastructure that facilitates training and maintenance for a 13,000-member force with thousands of pieces of equipment is more than a priority – it is a necessity. By exploring ways to harness renewable energy and identifying the right solution for outdated facilities that are too costly or no longer viable to meet modern-day training objectives, the Minnesota National Guard continually invests in good stewardship and modernization.

The Minnesota National Guard’s keynote accomplishment in terms of sustainable energy was the construction of a 60-acre solar array at Camp Ripley Training Center. The array, owned and maintained by Minnesota Power, is capable of producing enough electricity to power all of CRTC while earning the Minnesota National Guard Renewable Energy Credits. Earned through the lease agreement with Minnesota Power, RECs apply toward the organization’s goal of becoming Net Zero, which would mean the Minnesota National Guard produces as much energy as it consumes.

In 2016 CRTC reached another milestone toward its Net Zero goal after receiving funding from the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources for the construction of a biomass heating facility. In conjunction with the Minnesota National Guard’s own budget, the additional funds will move this long sought-after plan from vision to reality with design of the facility to begin in 2017 and construction beginning in 2018. The heating facility, fueled by woody biomass abundant on the 53,000-acre post, would significantly reduce the installation’s reliance on natural gas.

The Minnesota National Guard’s ongoing initiative to reduce waste has come through both physical and behavioral changes. In 2016 the organization identified out-state readiness centers with waste-hauling servicers that do not offer recycling. The Minnesota National Guard allowed facility managers the flexibility to re-work existing contracts, or find ways to divert recycled goods to processing centers, further reducing the organization’s footprint.

In 2015 the Minnesota National Guard published the Readiness Center Transformation Master Plan, a 20-year vision that recommends new construction, consolidation and closure of some Minnesota National Guard armories. The plan took into account changing population trends, the practicality of maintaining decades-old buildings and projected military construction to ensure each of the organization’s readiness centers remain in the right community.

Though the plan has yet to receive federal funding – which would guarantee fiscally responsible and environmentally sound state-of-the-art training centers for the Minnesota National Guard – the results of the study are utilized to prioritize spending and address readiness centers that will soon be unable to meet the needs of the military unit and community.

One such armory was the 94-year old building in Stillwater, which exceeded its useful life for modern-day military use. A new facility in Stillwater – shared with the city’s fire department – was completed in 2016 and will accommodate additional units, consolidating other outdated buildings and freeing them up for remodel or divesture.

The Minnesota Air National Guard base in Minneapolis decreased its total annual energy intensity by 40 percent from 2003 to 2015, and its total annual water usage by nearly 50 percent from 2007 to 2015. The 133rd Airlift Wing accomplished these reductions through a comprehensive strategy that includes local policy, community partnership, user education, high efficiency system upgrades, submetering and Heating, Ventiation, and Air Conditioning controls.

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Sustainable Infrastructure Articles

Camp Ripley earns top environmental award

Minnesota Power and Minn. National Guard to celebrate constructed solar array at Camp Ripley

Minnesota National Guard to celebrate opening of new facility in Stillwater

Camp Ripley strikes first before wildfire season

Camp Ripley drives on with rebuild

Uncovering the past at Camp Ripley

Camp Ripley preserves, protects environmental and cultural resources

Care of injured bird comes full circle

More Military Bases Join 'Sentinel Landscapes' for Readiness Enhancement

Preserving the mission, environment and community around Camp Ripley

Geothermal project brings Minnesota National Guard closer to 'net zero'

National Guard to Host Ribbon Cutting at New Facility in Arden Hills

DNR archery hunt continues success at Camp Ripley

Wolf Pack celebrates upgraded armory

Croatian State Partnerships Strengthened During Vigilant Guard

Four Army National Guard installations win Secretary of the Army environmental awards

Camp Ripley Unveils Education Center Expansion

Going Green pays dividends for Minnesota Army National Guard

Minnesota National Guard works toward sustainable armory plan

Energy Efficiency Challenge Working Well

Camp Ripley takes on largest solar energy project on a military base in MN

Minnesota National Guard teams with private sector to bring solar energy to Camp Ripley

Camp Ripley Environmental Team continues Black Bear survey

Camp Ripley: an environmental model

Guard Sees Savings, Ready Force from Flight Simulators

Guard Goes Green State-wide [AUDIO]

Minnesota National Guard Challenges Service Members to Save Energy

Camp Ripley Runs at Full Speed for Annual Sled Dog Race

Army recognizes National Guard installations for innovative environmental practices

148th Fighter Wing Earns StormReady Re-Certification

Minnesota Guard Builds on Environmental Commitment

Dead Trees Provide Training for Camp Ripley Staff and Partners

Air Force Every Dollar Counts campaign inspires change

The Buzz About Sustainable Infrastructure

Camp Ripley works around the clock to ensure smooth operations

Cedar Street Armory Remodel Project Pushes Sustainable Infrastructure

With wolf delisting, a shift in Ripley research

Behind the scenes at Camp Ripley

Earth Day at Camp Ripley

Earth Day event scheduled Friday at Minnesota National Guards Camp Ripley

Camp Ripley commander speaks at environmental forum

Wind Power Supplements 148th Fighter Wing

Camp Ripley impacts the economic and environmental health of the county

Deployment Of Floodwall At St. Paul Downtown Airport Underway

DNR visits Black Bear Den at Camp Ripley

Hibernating bear essentials (video)

Girl Scout expands Camp Ripley environmental classroom

Camp Ripley Environmental Efforts

Youth Documentary Explores National Guard Green Initiatives

Camp Ripley receives national Natural Resources Conservation Award

Camp Ripley wins environmental award

Vice President, Deputy Secretary Present Top Environmental Awards

Army wins three Department of Defense awards for environmental stewardship

Minnesota Army National Guard Achieves Major Natural Resources Conservation Goals

National Guard construction booming despite industry woes

Helicopter Used in Deer and Wolf Study