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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.

Community Connections

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

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
1st Sgt. Joseph Vogel
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