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
Sustainable Infrastructure
Resource Management

"The Minnesota National Guard operates in 63 communities throughout our state. It is crucial that we optimize the physical capabilities at each location.  Our locations enable us to best meet our mission requirements, while enhancing partnerships throughout the communities in which we serve.  Looking ahead, it is of utmost importance that we continue to build our environmental programs and improve the sustainability of our facilities.  Deliberate efforts to reduce energy consumption, manage natural resources effectively and minimize waste are essential toward our ability to sustain our capabilities into the future and remain good stewards of our limited resources and the environment." Sustainable Infrastructure
- Minnesota Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Richard C. Nash

Paramount to accomplishing our mission and fostering established partnerships is the need for a sustainable infrastructure. Two major components of our efforts in sustainability center on ensuring Camp Ripley remains a premier training center for Service members and state partners through the Army Compatible Use Buffer, or ACUB, program and our efforts to conserve our resources in the areas of energy, water and waste generation.

The ACUB is the foundation for sustainability at Camp Ripley Training Center. The Minnesota National Guard has a 20-year plan to create a permanent land use buffer around Camp Ripley which will enable the post’s ongoing training mission. Minnesota’s goal is to enroll 78,000 adjoining acres of the 110,000 acres of land that comprise the three-mile area surrounding Camp Ripley. To date, 24,522 acres are permanently protected around Camp Ripley.

In our efforts to meet the Army’s Net-Zero sustainability goals, we are taking deliberate actions to reduce our water, energy and solid waste consumption. We currently exceed the goals established in the reduction of water consumption and solid waste diversion. Emphasis is placed on constructing and renovating our facilities with energy efficient components in order to further reduce energy use.

As part of meeting our goals, new construction projects are being built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, standards for federal construction projects; and Sustainable Building 2030 standards for state construction projects. These guidelines not only ensure sustainable design by evaluating everything from site selection to construction materials; but also take into account occupant comfort. The STARBASE building at the 133rd Airlift Wing is the Minnesota National Guard’s newest “LEED Silver” certified building. Furthermore, the Arden Hills Facility Maintenance Shop is pending “LEED Gold” certification, while the Unmanned Aerial Systems Operations Facility at Camp Ripley is pending “LEED Silver” certification.

As part of these building standards, we are also incorporating the installation of renewable energy technology into the design process for new and renovated facilities. The newly-constructed Arden Hills Training Site Field Maintenance Shop installed solar panels which provide 6.5 percent of the building’s energy requirements. Additionally, the 68,000 square-foot addition to the Education Center at Camp Ripley also has renewable components such as solar technology and geothermal heating and cooling, which has led to a 45 percent reduction of energy where previously applied.
Sustainable Infrastructure Articles

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