347th Regional Support Group

 Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 347th Regional Support Group pose for a photo at the start of their deployment to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.

Unit Information

The mission of the 347th Regional Support Group is to deploy to provide life support and command and control of base operations. The unit’s responsibilities include leading the reception, staging, onward movement and integration of supporting forces, managing facilities, and providing administrative, medical and logistical support for troop services on a base camp. The brigade’s ten companies provide support for units during homeland security, homeland defense and other civil support missions.

2019 Objectives

In 2019, the RSG will welcome home those who are currently deployed and send off three additional groups of Soldiers. The 247th Financial Management Support Detachment will deploy in January to Kuwait. The 147th Human Resources Company will send a third casualty liaison team to Afghanistan in May. The 1904th Acquisition Team will deploy to Afghanistan in July to provide contracting support.

2018 Accomplishments

The 347th RSG had a busy year in 2018 with several units deploying. In January, 11 Soldiers from the 147th Human Resources Company deployed to the Middle East. A five-soldier personnel services team provided administrative support to the Special Operations Joint Task Force headquartered in Kuwait. Six Soldiers served in Afghanistan as part of a casualty liaison team. Both units returned to Minnesota in November 2018.

The personnel services team ensured human resource needs, to include mail, awards and finance operations for more than 5,000 members of the special operations units across five geographical locations. The casualty liaison team tracked and assisted with patients from four branches of the U.S. military, contractors, coalition forces and host-nation civilians through hospitals in Bagram and Kandahar, Afghanistan.

In March, the 347th Headquarters and Headquarters Company sent 39 personnel to Kuwait to assist in base operations support at Camp Arifjan and Camp Buehring. The Soldiers were chosen for their unique skillsets to support Area Support Group Kuwait with the onward movement of troops throughout the U.S. Central Command area of operations and in its partnership with the host nation of Kuwait. The Soldiers returned to Minnesota in December.

In June, 25 Soldiers from the 147th Financial Management Support Detachment deployed to Kuwait to provide financial management support for those deployed overseas including check cashing, military pay support and contractor payment support while ensuring accountability of U.S. funds. The Soldiers are expected to return in the spring of 2019.

In September, a team of six Soldiers from the 147th Human Resources Company mobilized to Afghanistan to follow the unit’s first casualty liaison team. The 147th HRC will rotate two additional teams through this mission in the next two years.

The 347th RSG’s 204th Medical Company Area Support, 224th Transportation Company and 147th Human Resources Company have been identified as Focused Readiness Units. Soldiers from these units completed expeditionary deployment readiness exercises in 2018 to ensure their ability to rapidly deploy to support contingency operations around the world.

The 347th welcomed a new unit to its command this year. The 434th Support Maintenance Company is based at Camp Ripley and will provide maintenance support to units of the Minnesota National Guard.

The 114th Transportation Company added a heavy equipment transport platoon this year, a unique capability to Minnesota that will provide for the transport of larger military vehicles to include the Abrams tanks and Bradley fighting vehicles.