Joint Force Headquarters
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 or the region.
The Minnesota National Guard is preparing to implement the Army Combat Fitness Test across the force in 2020. Equipment is expected to arrive in the spring to be prepositioned throughout the state, enabling Soldiers to conduct diagnostic tests leading up to record testing after October 2020.
The Minnesota National Guard provided support to local authorities several times in 2019. In early February, the 224th Transportation Company supported Renville County in response to a significant snow storm by opening the Olivia armory. Soldiers rescued eight stranded motorists and sheltered 15 personnel overnight in the armory. Later in February, the Minnesota National Guard opened armories in Owatonna, Albert Lea, Olivia, St. James and Red Wing to provide shelter to 329 citizens in need. Minnesota Guardsmen rescued 182 stranded motorists using Small Unit Support Vehicles, or SUSVs.
In March, the Minnesota National Guard provided aviation support to Nebraska to assist with flood response operations. The aviators transported sandbags to reinforce a man-made levy protecting a nuclear power station and aided in hay bale drops to feed cattle.
In April, the 224th Transportation Company conducted traffic control on roads with downed power lines near Austin after a winter storm. In Oslo, Soldiers from the 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry assisted with transporting personnel and equipment over flooded roads. In Halstad, Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 151st Field Artillery conducted levee patrols of the Red River.
In 2019, the Joint Force Headquarters served as the higher headquarters during the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division's eXportable Combat Training Capability (XCTC) exercise at Fort Hood, Texas, in August.
- Army Aviation Support Facility, St. Paul
- Army Aviation Support Facility, St. Cloud
- Medical Detachment
- Recruiting and Retention Battalion
- Training Support Unit
- 175th Regiment (Regional Training Institute)