Joint Force Headquarters

Unit Information

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.

2022 Objectives

Looking forward to 2022, the Minnesota National Guard seeks to add to their country partners through the State Partnership Program.  As the State Department, Geographic Combatant Commands, and National Guard Bureau review potential countries, the JFHQ is weighing potential partners which align with the Minnesota National Guard and the state of Minnesota’s strategic vision. The JFHQ will continue to expand on the UH-60 Helicopter, Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle, Bradley Fighting Vehicle and Cyber programs with Croatia.

The JFHQ is expanding international participation to the 2022 Best Warrior Competition by inviting our partner countries of Canada, Croatia, and Norway.  Additionally, Minnesota will host the Region IV Best Warrior Competition and brings six neighboring states’ best non-commissioned officers and junior enlisted to compete for this coveted title.

As the Army continues to modernize their communication structure with the implementation of Microsoft Office Army 365 Teams, the JFHQ provides the oversight and direction ensuring organizational information flow is organized, disciplined, and collaborative.

2021 Accomplishments

As the organization’s leader, Maj. Gen. Manke directed the JFHQ’s staff to develop a campaign plan to move the organization forward with the ultimate goal of better serving our communities, state, and nation.  This October, OPERATION North Star published and became the Minnesota National Guard’s Campaign Plan spanning from October 1, 2021 through October 2024.  The three pillars focus on People First, Modernization, and Partnerships and each pillar has a designated General Officer championing the effort.

The Partnership Pillar is about more than relationships. Our partners include those we serve, employers, state and federal agencies and countries which share the United States’ goal of global security. Partnerships allow us to improve our service to our communities, state, and nation through their direct and indirect support. The JFHQ’s daily activities are regularly entwined with partners and this year was no exception.

Working with organizations such as the Minnesota State Patrol, Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, and American Red Cross are examples of combining efforts to support civil authorities during civil unrest or combating COVID-19.  The drought conditions across the nation resulted in requests for support to the Washington National Guard and Northern Minnesota as wild fires raged and stretched firefighting resources thin for Washington and Minnesota.

This year celebrated the 25-year anniversary with our long-time partner of Croatia. This partnership has contributed to the security cooperation objectives of the United States by building partner capacity, improving interoperability, and enhancing U.S. access and influence while increasing the readiness of U.S. and partner forces to meet emerging challenges.

<p>MAJ Christopher Byrnes <br>Commander</p>

MAJ Christopher Byrnes

<p>1SG Nathan Carlsrud <br>Senior Enlisted</p>

1SG Nathan Carlsrud
Senior Enlisted

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600 Cedar Street
St. Paul, MN 55101

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