Minnesota National Guard
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Nearly 200 service members from the Minnesota National Guard join together to display the U.S. flag before the inaugural game at U.S. Bank Stadium, home of the Minnesota Vikings, Sept. 18, 2016. (Minnesota National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Paul Santikko)
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.

2016 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. Joint Force Headquarters can also provide a dual-status commander, specially qualified to command state and federal forces operating in Minnesota.

The year 2016 marked the 20th anniversary of the Minnesota National Guard's State Partnership Program with Croatia. The relationship, which has matured in scope and significance over the years, provides an opportunity for Soldiers and Airmen to cross-train with Croatian counterparts and affirm the U.S.'s commitment to its allies and global mission. In addition to the two militaries sharing best practices in the fields of information technology, domestic response and military doctrine, to name a few, the partnership enables contingency planning and awareness between the Minnesota National Guard and Croatian military in the European theater.

In 2016 Joint Force Headquarters invested greatly in the training of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, which conducted a rotation at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California. The rotation was significant not only in the execution of the U.S. Army 's premier event for armored brigade combat teams, but in the logistics of moving a full brigade with all of its equipment - something that has never been done in the Minnesota National Guard.

Because of the complexity of moving more than 6,000 Soldiers and hundreds of armored and tactical vehicles, The Adjutant General 's directors of logistics and operations provided planning and resourcing to enable movements requiring nearly 70 chartered flights and 400 railcars out of Minnesota alone - an additional 20 charter flights and 100 railcars from 15 different states were coordinated for movement from across the nation. Upon the brigade's return, Joint Force Headquarters prioritized the efforts of the Minnesota National Guard's 400 mechanics and several maintenance facilities to ensure all equipment used during the month-long training exercise in the Mojave Desert remained serviceable - a key component of the brigade retaining its top readiness rating following its NTC rotation.

2017 Objectives

In 2017 Joint Force Headquarters' Training Support Unit will deploy two Soldiers from the 47th Chaplain Detachment to support the Black Sea Area Support Team, which provides base camp operations for U.S. forces in the Black Sea theater of operations. While deployed, the ministry team will coordinate religious services for all faith backgrounds, provide morale and welfare programs and conduct religious engagements with the local populace.

In 2017 Joint Force Headquarters will continue efforts to maintain the organization's strong readiness posture, one that ranks the Minnesota National Guard in the top 20 percent in terms of readiness.

Not only does the high readiness rating ensure a swift, effective response by the Minnesota National Guard to support missions at home or across the globe, it also helps to protect the Minnesota National Guard's force structure - of particular importance during a time of military drawdowns.

Joint Force Headquarters is prepared to assist, if requested, with law enforcement efforts related to the National Football League's Super Bowl LII.

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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

Minnesota Adjutant General Maj. Gen.
Richard C. Nash
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Senior Enlisted Advisor
Command Sgt. Maj. Douglas Wortham
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Maj. David Adams
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