The Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard
Maj. Gen. Shawn Manke
Maj. Gen. Shawn Manke was named the 32nd Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard.
As the Adjutant General Manke is the senior leader of the Minnesota National Guard, which includes the Army National Guard, the Air National Guard and all joint (combined Army and Air Guard) units and personnel in Minnesota. Minnesota’s Adjutant General is the administrative head of the state’s Department of Military Affairs whose duties and responsibilities are defined in Minnesota State Statute 190.09. The Adjutant General serves for a term of seven years and is a state employee appointed by the governor of Minnesota.
Our Soldiers, Airmen and civilian employees are our most important resources. We will train, coach and mentor for our future through four imperatives: first, we engage our diverse force through effective, leader-driven retention and recruiting; next, our team must be trained, ethical leaders and understand the many opportunities for professional and personal growth; third, our families will be supported by robust community-based services and program; and finally, our formations are trained and educated to accomplish global and local missions.
The future of the Minnesota National Guard depends on developing professional, ethical and caring leaders that can motivate and inspire our Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen to accomplish any mission in any environment. We focus on mentorship and provide critical feedback to further develop our men and women. Our inclusive organization delivers a breadth of leadership opportunities that enable our service members to grow and serve their nation and state. Our leadership culture enables officers and non-commissioned officers to make decisions appropriate at their level.
Organizational Safety and Security
The Minnesota National Guard is committed to providing a workplace that is safe from internal and external physical threats and harassment; and is cyber-aware so as to execute sound practices that mitigate cyber-based threats. The Minnesota National Guard has been entrusted with society’s most precious resources: our sons and daughters. We demand and maintain a culture free of sexual harassment and sexual assault. Additionally, we cherish and value the lives of all of those who serve in the Minnesota National Guard and vow to uphold all aspects of resiliency; in particular, assisting with service member health and suicide prevention.
Fiscal and Property Responsibility
The National Guard remains a community-based force, with readiness centers, armories, bases and training facilities strategically located throughout our state. Minnesota National Guard facilities are built to be energy independent. Organizationally, we are audit ready; we expend resources in a responsible manner to build and sustain combat readiness; and we review and update policies and processes that are cost and time prohibitive to maximize federal and state funding.
Communicate and Partner
The Minnesota National Guard takes great pride in effectively engaging our key audiences. First and foremost, we develop meaningful relationships with our families so that they are well cared for when a service members deploys. We ensure that we are involved in the communities where we serve so that we can be most helpful to incident commanders in an emergency. Our partnerships with local communities are amplified by our “Yellow Ribbon” program and military outreach. We are instrumental in leveraging and integrating national Department of Defense programs. We take every opportunity to advance the Minnesota National Guard’s bilateral relationship with Norway, and State Partnership with Croatia. We strive to make sure that local, state and national elected official are informed about our team and emerging needs.