An organized show of force results in quieter night in the Twin Cities

May 31, 2020 (ST PAUL, Minn.) —  In a 10:30 p.m. press conference last night Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen said, “We are in a position of strength significantly greater tonight in Minneapolis and Saint Paul than we were last night.” That strength, and full integration with civil authorizes, changed the tone Saturday night around the Twin Cities.

Throughout the night and into early morning hours, thousands of citizen-soldiers served in support of civil authorities in Minneapolis, Saint Paul and the surrounding communities. Soldiers and airmen completed 19 missions to include supporting Minneapolis and Saint Paul Police Operations, providing security for Minneapolis and Saint Paul Fire Departments and hospitals, escorting Emergency Medical Services supporting the State Patrol and securing the Capitol Complex.

As of this morning more than 5,025 Soldiers and Airmen in the Minnesota National Guard are activated with plans to continue activation in the coming days. 

The Minnesota National Guard remains prepared to protect life, protect property and restore order.

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