84th Troop Command
The 84th Troop Command, headquartered in Cambridge, maintains control of field artillery, military police, engineer, and civil support forces, providing a force capable of performing a wide variety of missions. A specialized command with a unique mission, the 84th Troop Command maintains training standards to remain ready to support federal missions in addition to conducting domestic operations throughout the state.
In 2021, the 151st Field Artillery plans to cross train on the M119 105mm Howitzer and conduct a battalion-level exercise incorporating the M777 and M119 Howitzers. They look forward to supporting the new 34th Division Artillery. The 257 MPs expect to conduct ranges, field training exercises, and scenario-based exercises. The 55th WMD-CST intends to continue its support of multiple sporting and high-profile events. The 434th Chemical Company will deploy in support of Operation Spartan Shield.
The 84th Troop Command's vision of the future includes a wide spectrum of capable units ready to deploy at home or abroad. Further, the 55th WMD-CST will validate the team's response capabilities against congressionally mandated requirements.
In 2020, the 84th Troop Command supported the Minnesota National Guard's state activation in response to civil unrest. In addition, the unit's 55th Weapons of Mass Destruction-Civil Support Team (WMD-CST) supported more than a dozen high-profile sporting events and two presidential visits across the year.
The 850th Horizontal Engineer Company (HEC) and 851st Vertical Engineer Company (VEC) completed a restructuring of their capabilities. The 850th HEC, now called an Engineer Construction Company, gained carpenters, plumbers, and electricians. The 851st VEC, now called an Engineer Vertical Construction Company, gained heavy equipment operators.
The 257th Military Police Company provided testing site support, security operations, and transportation of ventilators multiple times throughout 2020. The 257th MP Co., which operates as the National Guard Reaction Force, deployed five times in support of civil unrest operations. The unit also conducted valuable training in the vacant Wright County Jail.
In the spring of 2019, 160 Soldiers of the 851st Vertical Engineer Company returned from a 10-month deployment to Kuwait in support of Operation Spartan Shield. The unit conducted engineer support missions in six countries throughout the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.
The 55th Civil Support Team was evaluated by Army North during collective lanes training in September where they demonstrated a high level of proficiency on all 12 collective tasks and showed a strong capability to perform the unit's chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosives response missions.
In 2019, the 34th Military Police Company was assigned as the host unit for the 46th Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange at Camp Ripley where they partnered with local law enforcement agencies to put together training to support the Norwegian Rapid Response Forces mission. In 2020, the 257th Military Police Company will fill this important role.