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Minnesota National Guard
Joint Force Headquarters

Norwegian Exchange

Minnesota National Guardsmen participating in the 44th Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange practice dog sledding while in Norway, Feb. 12, 2017. (Minnesota National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Patrick Loch)
Unit Information

The Minnesota National Guard Joint Force Headquarters is a joint Army and Air National Guard command headquartered in St. Paul. JFHQ-MN provides personnel, intelligence, operations, logistics, and resource guidance and support to the major commands in the Minnesota National Guard: 34th Red Bull Infantry Division; 1/34th Armored Brigade Combat Team; 34th Combat Aviation Brigade; 84th Troop Command; 347th Regional Support Group; 175th Regiment (Regional Training Institute); 133rd Airlift Wing; and the 148th Fighter Wing.

2017 Accomplishments

Located in St. Paul, the Minnesota National Guard's Joint Force Headquarters is a joint Army and Air National Guard unit tasked to oversee operations for all state National Guard forces. Joint Force Headquarters coordinates military support at the request of the governor in the event of a disaster or state emergency. The Joint Force Headquarters can also provide a dual-status commander, specially qualified to command state and federal forces operating in Minnesota.

In 2017 the Minnesota National Guard held its third annual Women's Leadership Forum as part of an overall effort to promote an inclusive culture, diversify the organization, grow strong leaders and provide professional development for the entire force. This year's forum focused on emotional intelligence.

The Minnesota National Guard received three awards in 2017 for excellence in diversity from the National Guard Bureau for its success in implementing national diversity goals. As an organization, the Minnesota National Guard's special emphasis councils were ranked highest in the nation for their significant contributions to readiness. As a state, Minnesota was recognized for its commitment to diversity and inclusion initiatives. In the individual category, Air Force Master Sgt. Leon Peterson from the 133rd Airlift Wing was recognized for his professional and personal accomplishments to promote diversity.

In an effort to promote healthier lifestyles for our service members, the Minnesota National Guard offered a two-week comprehensive Soldier fitness course in September. The participants learned about healthy lifestyle decisions coupled with proper diet and exercise. Three months after the course was conducted, the number of participants who had a passing Army Physical Fitness Test increased by 38 percent and the number of participants who were in compliance with Army height and weight standards increased by 49 percent. As of mid-December, several participants who were previously not eligible for re-enlistment had re-committed to staying in the organization.

2018 Objectives


In 2018, JFHQ will assist in security efforts for the National Football League's Super Bowl LII held in Minneapolis at U.S. Bank Stadium, February 4, to ensure the safety of residents and visitors during one of the world's most highly-spectated events. The headquarters will provide command and control over Minnesota National Guard forces supporting local law enforcement in conducting security operations.

More than 400 members of the Minnesota National Guard will provide direct support to, and work alongside, law enforcement officers from across the state. The Minnesota National Guard's involvement in Super Bowl LII is part of a coordinated response between local, state and federal agencies and is the result of months of planning.



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Unit Address: 600 Cedar Street, St. Paul, MN, 55101
Unit Telephone: (651)282-4044
Recruiter Telephone: (651)296-5736

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Minnesota National Guard Leadership

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Minnesota Adjutant General Maj. Gen.
Jon A. Jensen
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Senior Enlisted Advisor
Command Sgt. Maj. Douglas Wortham
On Center Ice
Unit Command Structure

Joint Force Headquarters
- Minnesota Air National Guard
- Minnesota Army National Guard


Unit Leadership

Commander  1SG
Maj. Matt Bruns
Commander
JFHQ
1st Sgt. Joseph Vogel
1st Sgt.
JFHQ
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M16 Rifle

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Unit Occupational Specialties

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Unit Articles

Forging a path to career success
03/16/2018

Securing the Bold North: Minnesota National Guard supports Super Bowl LII
02/02/2018

Governor Mark Dayton installs new Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General
11/04/2017

Response exercise in Duluth will involve military and civilian first responders from Minnesota and Wisconsin
06/02/2017

Minnesota National Guard Remembers the Holocaust with Jewish Community Relations Council
04/24/2017

Learning to instruct professionalism and discipline
04/19/2017

Medical professionals meet for joint training
02/02/2017

Senior enlisted conference offers Red Bulls opportunity to network, develop
01/31/2017

Major General Nash to Continue Service as Adjutant General of Minnesota
10/12/2016

University of Minnesota, Minnesota National Guard partner for crisis simulation exercise
09/13/2016

Message of hope and healing stands out during fun run
08/18/2016

Minnesota Guardsman recognized for cultural influence and leadership
05/19/2016

Best Warriors battle it out at Camp Ripley
04/06/2016

Clyborne to focus on diversity, mentorship as Assistant Adjutant General
04/05/2016

Minnesota Guardsman finds new passion through advocacy
04/01/2016

Minnesota Army National Guard to promote first female to role of Assistant Adjutant General
04/01/2016

Minnesota Adjutant General convenes first junior diversity council
03/07/2016

Minnesota National Guard promotes its first female general
02/26/2016

Minnesota National Guard to Promote First Female General
02/23/2016

Minnesota National Guard Counterdrug Task Force Builds Partnerships
02/23/2016

Minnesota Guardsman Honored for Her Work Against Domestic Violence
11/10/2015

Minnesota Guardsmen receive engaging presentation on sexual assault, culture change
11/07/2015

Exercise tests communications among response agencies
10/30/2015

Minnesota National Guard members share ideas at 2015 Cyber Security Summit
10/27/2015

Mock refugee crisis trains next generation of humanitarians
09/14/2015

Minnesota National Guard fun runs highlight the 'Power of One' in suicide prevention
09/14/2015

Guard celebrates Chaplain Corps' birthday
08/10/2015

Funeral Honors, Medic Aids Widow at Funeral
07/20/2015

New Command Chief Warrant Officer Takes Over in Minnesota
07/13/2015

Joint Medical Summit Strengthens Collaboration in Minnesota Guard
05/16/2015

STARBASE Minnesota celebrates 50,000 students served
04/30/2015

Minnesota 'Purples Up' for Military Children
04/15/2015

Winter training on Camp Ripley starts off on the right foot
01/09/2015

Minnesota National Guard partners with University of Minnesota for humanitarian response exercise
09/11/2014

Minnesota National Guard holds first Pride month celebration
06/09/2014

Minnesota Guard Cyber Specialists Train with Croatian Partners
01/24/2014

Partnerships prosper as military and civilian health care providers discuss best practices for military members
01/23/2014

Minnesota Cyber Team Protects, Prepares State for Disaster
11/27/2013

Cedar Street Armory Remodel Project Pushes Sustainable Infrastructure
02/25/2013

Civil Support Team Opens Doors to First Responders
11/27/2012

A Brush with Kindness
10/09/2012

Minnesota National Guard takes third Emmy
10/05/2012

Dying Minnesota Guardsman says goodbye
06/15/2012

Marksmanship tournament attracts best shooters in Minnesota National Guard
07/17/2011

Bring Your Kids to Work
04/26/2007

 
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