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Minnesota National Guard
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Minnesota National Guard Logo
Active 1850 - Present
Country United States of America
Allegiance State of Minnesota
Branch National Guard
Type Joint
Size 13,124[1]
Garrison/HQ St Paul, Minnesota
Nickname NorthStar Guard
Commanders
Current
commander
Maj. Gen. Larry Shellito
Ceremonial chief Governor Tim Pawlenty
Police cars, fire trucks and other vehicles escort three bus loads of U.S. Army Soldiers from Alpha Company, 1st Brigade combat Team, 34th Infantary Division to the Brooklyn Park Armory in Minnesota July 17, 2007, after a deployment to Iraq. The Minnesota National Guard's 1st Brigade Combat Team has been deployed 22 months, with 16 months of the deployment in a combat zone

The Minnesota National Guard is composed of approximately 13,600 Soldiers and Airmen, spread out in 63 communities across the state. The Constitution of the United States specifically charges the National Guard with dual federal and state missions. In fact, the National Guard is the only United States military force empowered to function in a state status. Those functions range from limited actions during non-emergency situations to full scale law enforcement of martial law when local law enforcement officials can no longer maintain civil control. The National Guard may be called into federal service in response to a call by the President or Congress.

When National Guard troops are called to federal service, the President serves as Commander-in-Chief. The federal mission assigned to the National Guard is: "To provide properly trained and equipped units for prompt mobilization for war, National emergency or as otherwise needed."

The Governor may call individuals or units of the Minnesota National Guard into state service during emergencies or to assist in special situations which lend themselves to use of the National Guard. The state mission assigned to the National Guard is: "To provide trained and disciplined forces for domestic emergencies or as otherwise provided by state law."

Major Units

External links

Minnesota National Guard, official sites

References

  1. ^ Source: http://www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org/press_room/assets/Guard_101_Aug_2007.ppt


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