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Minnesota National Guard
Visual Information Section
The VI Mission

The Minnesota National Guard Visual Information (VI) mission is to acquire and provide the Adjutant General, Joint Staff (JS), our military departments and commanders with record documentation, multimedia products and services to satisfy official requirements for military related events and activities. VI support is limited to official events or activities.  The priority set for VI support will be established with consideration to mission, cost effectiveness and the quality and quantity of products and services available.

The use of VI products, equipment, or facilities for other than official purposes, such as loaning equipment to local and state governments or nonprofit organizations meeting on government property, is at the discretion of the local commander in accordance with (IAW) Army Regulation (AR) 700-131, AR 735-5 and AR 25-1. VI products assist commanders at all levels, from tactical and operational commanders to by providing a visual record of significant Minnesota National Guard events and activities. 

Visual images are used in tactical command and control decision making, strategic planning and management through presentations and reports. Doctrinal, combat, materiel and training developers use VI records for analysis and in reports and briefings to support military programs.  VI products can be used for historical purposes to document training, educational, research, logistical, personnel, medical and legal activities.

Studio Photography
With studios in Cottage Grove, Camp Ripley and both Air Wings, VI and PAO personnel shoot and produce a wide range of studio photography to include General Officer Management Office, passport, ISOPREP, DA and Command photos.  We serve all military branches and Minnesota government.

We can also operate from a mobile studio to support requests for large groups of studio photos.
Suit photo DA Photo Command Photo GOMO Photo
Feature Photography

Our highly talented photographers produce impactful imagery that illustrate your specific message.

Examples include the Arden Hills Army Training Site maintenance facility images,
Feature Photo Feature Photo Feature Photo


Producing and reproducing video recordings, CDs and DVDs packages.  To include internal news clips, operational documentation, video reports and stand-alone video segments, with or without sound for military events and activities.

Want to video tape your PowerPoint? We do not offer this service. Microsoft has a better solution for adding narration to a presentation. http://office.microsoft.com
  More examples: The Pink Tank Project, and the Best Warrior Competition.

Graphic Design and Printing

With the assistance of the J6 print shop and government contractors, we design and produce two- and three-dimensional visual marketing products.  This includes charts, graphs, posters, logos, and visual materials for television, motion pictures, printed publications, displays, presentations and exhibits for military events and activities.

Examples of our work include the Minnesota National Guard Annual Reports, Best Warrior Competition posters and the NOREX magazine.
2012 Annual Report Feature Photo Feature Photo Banner

Web Design and Social Media

The Visual Information staff and our contractors can design, produce and maintain the full range of Content Management System-driven websites and social media outlets.

The VI and PAO staff is responsible for MinnesotaNationalGuard.org, MinnesotaMilitaryRadio.com, and the new 34ID Association website, 34IDA.org.

You can send website updates and comments to MinnesotaNationalGuard.org/contact/website_updates.php

VIOS Work Request

Create a VIOS account or submit a VIOS request.ppt

Delivery times will vary based on workload and competing priorities. Our intent is to accomplish simple web updates and print jobs within 5 working days. Jobs requiring design work may take additional 5-20 working days. We may be able to support a quicker turn around, but you must call us to coordinate.

Due to budget and time constraints, the Minnesota National Guard is unable to support requests from other service branches for any product with the exception of studio photography.


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