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.
In 2021 the Minnesota National Guard stands ready to respond to support the state’s needs with COVID 19, and natural disasters and when needed to support local authorities. Year-long events are scheduled to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Minnesota National Guard State Partnership Program with Croatia.
Located in Saint Paul, the Minnesota National Guard’s Joint Force Headquarters (JFHQ) 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.
JFHQ is home to the Joint Operations Center, the Minnesota National Guard’s hub for state activations, of which there were many in 2020. Governor Walz called upon the National Guard in eight executive orders in 2020, resulting in the completion of over 100 missions spread throughout the state of Minnesota in multiple locations within the 87 counties. Approximately 60 missions were in support of civil unrest operations, around 30 missions were in support of COVID 19 response, and one mission was for flood response in the community of Oslo, Minnesota.
Soldiers and Airmen of JFHQ served in key positions on each state active duty mission. The headquarters also hosted several units at the St. Paul Armory throughout the civil unrest response in late May and early June.
In August, Maj. Gen. Shawn Manke was selected to be the 32nd adjutant general of the Minnesota National Guard, succeeding Lt. Gen. Jon Jensen who is now serving as the director of the Army National Guard.
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)