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Minnesota National Guard
Vigilant Guard 2015
Minnesota National Guard prepares for Vigilant Guard 2015

More than 1,400 service members from the Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin National Guard joined approximately 500 participants from various state, federal and local emergency response agencies to carry out the Vigilant Guard exercise at three training sites across the state: Duluth, Camp Ripley and St. Paul.

The exercise – which simulated multiple disasters, such as an overturned railcar and weather-related events – tested the Minnesota National Guard's ability to respond to large-scale incidents that could affect Minnesotans. Through the collaborative design of the exercise, Vigilant Guard also provided an opportunity for the organization to build valuable interagency relationships and coordinate resources with civilian authorities, responders and other military units that might be part of a future response effort.

Vigilant Guard 2015 took place in Minnesota, August 22-28, 2015.

The citizens of Minnesota depend on state and federal agencies to work together to prevent, protect, respond and recover from disasters. Together, we provide the capabilities to save lives, protect property and the environment, and meet basic human needs after an incident has occurred. Vigilant Guard is a rare training opportunity that greatly supports everyone - both participants and the citizens we serve.

Vigilant Guard is a United States Northern Command and National Guard Bureau sponsored exercise program. The program provides an opportunity for the State of Minnesota to improve emergency coordination, response and recovery management with federal, regional, local, civilian and military partners.

Vigilant Guard 2015 Fact Sheet.pdf

Military Partners: Minnesota National Guard Joint Force Headquarters; 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, 133rd Airlift Wing 148th Fighter Wing;347th Regional Support Group; U.S. Army North; U.S. Army Reserve; National Guard Bureau; Iowa National Guard; Wisconsin National Guard; U.S. Northern Command; U.S. Coast Guard

Government Partners: Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Homeland Security and Emergency Management ; Minnesota Department of Transportation; Minnesota Pollution Control Agency; Minnesota Department of Natural Resources; Minnesota Task Force One; Federal Emergency Management Agency; Duluth Fire Department; St. Louis County

Community Partners: American Red Cross; Salvation Army; Canadian Pacific; Wenck Associates; Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center; University of Minnesota - Duluth; College of St. Scholastica; Duluth Public Schools

Please use the hashtag #VGMN on social media when posting about the Minnesota National Guard's Vigilant Guard 2015 exercise.

Exercise photo
VG15 logo
Exercise Vigilant Vortex: August 12-14, 2014

Pink RibbonVigilant Vortex is a functional exercise sponsored by the Minnesota National Guard with assistance from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

The exercise will take place in three locations in St. Paul, Duluth and Camp Ripley to test the state-level response of the Minnesota National Guard and other response agencies to the scenario of multiple tornado touch-downs throughout the state of Minnesota.

More than 200 personnel from a variety of military, state and local government, private and non-governmental organizations have either contributed to the exercise design or will participate in the functional exercise.

Exercise Vigilant Vortex is one of several exercises leading up to the Vigilant Guard 2015 full-scale exercise hosted in Minnesota in September 2015.

Thanks to our participating agencies and organizations:

Federal and International Partners: Republic of Croatia, National Protection and Rescue Directorate; Republic of Croatia, Ministry of Defense; Federal Emergency Management Agency, Region Five; United States Northern Command; 644th Regional Support Group, U.S. Army Reserves; 372nd Engineer Brigade, U.S. Army Reserves; 416th Engineering Command, U.S. Army Reserves

State Agencies: Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Homeland Security and Emergency Management; Minnesota Department of Health; Minnesota Department of Human Services; Minnesota Department of Transportation; Minnesota Pollution Control Agency; Minnesota Department of Natural Resources; Minnesota Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster

City, County and Regional Partners: St. Louis County; Carlton County; City of Duluth; Morrison County; Otter Tail County; Wadena County; Wilkin County; Northern Minnesota Region American Red Cross; Minnesota's Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network (MnWARN); Hennepin County Medical Examiner; Crow Wing County; Heartland Animal Rescue Team; Arrowhead Regional Development Commission; Fond du Lac Band; Mille Lacs Band

To view photos from the exercise, check out our Vigilant Vortex album on Picasa.

Vigilant Vortex trifold brochure.pdf


133rd Airlift Wing participates in Vigilant Guard 2015
Aug. 27, 2015

Minnesota National Guard Joint Communications Platform supports exercise
Aug. 25, 2015

Guard Aeromedical Teams strengthen skills during Vigilant Guard
Aug. 25, 2015

Vigilant Guard Improves Civilian, Guard Emergency Responsiveness
Aug. 25, 2015

148th Fighter Wing trains with Mobile Emergency Operations Center
Aug. 25, 2015

Croatian State Partnerships Strengthened During Vigilant Guard
Aug. 24, 2015

Dual status commander clears a path for unified disaster response
Aug. 24, 2015

Distinguished Visitors Tour Vigilant Guard Exercise
Aug. 24, 2015

Vigilant Guard Exercise Begins with Accountability
Aug. 21, 2015

Vigilant Guard Prepares State, Partners for Disaster
Aug. 21, 2015

Minnesota National Guard trains with civilian partners in disaster response
Aug. 15, 2014

Star Tribune: Minnesota National Guard drills for disaster in Vigilant Vortex
Aug. 14, 2014

WDIO: Minnesota National Guard practices tornado drills
Aug. 14, 2014

Together, citizens, Soldiers solving disasters
Aug. 8, 2013


Minnesota Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Fact Sheets

55th Civil Support Team.pdf

CBRN Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP).pdf

Dual Status Command.pdf

Joint Operations Center (JOC).pdf

Joint Reception, Staging and Onward Inegration (JRSOI).pdf

MNNG Major Commands.pdf

VG15 Participating Agencies.pdf