Agency Profile - Military Affairs

Military Affairs

Agency Profile



The Minnesota Department of Military Affairs (MNDMA), also known as the Minnesota National Guard, has three separate yet related missions.

·        Federal: As a federal entity, military members of the Minnesota National Guard serve as a reserve force for the United States Army and Air Force. They are subject to be called to federal active duty for extended periods of time by the President.

·        State: As a state entity, the Minnesota National Guard provides support to local law enforcement agencies during natural disasters and other emergencies at the direction of the Governor.

·        Community: The Minnesota National Guard is also involved in community support projects throughout the state. These projects give our soldiers a chance to “give back to the community.”


Statewide Outcome(s):

Military Affairs supports the following statewide outcome(s).

People in Minnesota are safe.


The Minnesota Department of Military Affairs (MNDMA), also known as the Minnesota National Guard, “is comprised of and includes the military forces of the state, the office of the adjutant general, all military reservations, military installations, armories, air bases, and facilities owned or controlled by the state for military purposes, and civilians employed by the state for the administration of the military department.” (M.S. 190.05)

The department’s customer base is the 13,417 members of the Minnesota Army (11,159) and Air (2,258) National Guard as of August 13, 2012, the directors and managers responsible for the execution of the federal-state cooperative agreements, and the citizens of the state and nation during emergencies. The Minnesota National Guard continues to be heavily engaged in world-wide missions. The National Guard is no longer a cold-war era, strategic reserve force, but rather it is an operational force being utilized daily in the war on terrorism. Since 9/11 and as of August 2012, the Minnesota National Guard has deployed more than 25,000 Army and Air Guard members to more than 33 countries worldwide.

Of the department’s total budget, 68 percent comes from the federal government through cooperative agreements for facilities construction and maintenance, telecommunications, security, firefighting, and the STARBASE educational program serving inner city school students. The state general fund accounts for 31 percent of its budget, and approximately one percent comes from other sources (local government, facility sales, housing operations, etc.). Additionally, the Minnesota Department of Military Affairs is also responsible for approximately $350 - $400 million per year from the federal government. These funds are paid to individuals and vendors for federal-related activities and do not pass through the state treasury. The department’s staff includes 319 state employees. Only 37 of these employees are 100 percent state-funded. The remainder are predominantly federally funded -- some at 100 percent and most others at 75 percent or 80 percent.



The Department integrates Federal and State resources to pursue strategies in two lines of effort. The first is Provide Ready Units which includes actions that provide a competent ready force, sustain optimal force structure and provide support response to any cyber events. The second is Relationship Integration which includes actions that maintain and enhance suitable infrastructure and facilities, sustain the “Beyond the Yellow Ribbon” activities, and diversify the force.


The Department of Military Affairs has four core programs that support the Minnesota National Guard and implement these two lines of effort:

      The Maintaining of Training Facilities Program is responsible for maintaining the state’s facilities used to train and house the members of the Minnesota National Guard and to protect the state’s investment in facilities. Each Air National Guard Base also has a Civil Engineering function that is responsible for the maintenance of the federal facilities that are supported with state dollars.

      The Enlistment Incentives Program is responsible for supporting and managing the department’s enlistment incentives and tuition reimbursement programs. These programs provide incentives to the men and women who enlist and maintain their memberships in the Army and Air National Guard.

      Emergency Services is managed by the Current Operations Division of the military staff. They provide the command and control services to the governor when the National Guard is activated in response to state emergencies.

      General Support provides the general administrative, financial, accounting, budgeting, project management, strategic planning, and human resource support necessary for the operation of the department.

Measuring Success:

The agency conducts numerous measurements at all military organizational levels to comply with the Adjutant General’s lines of action (priorities) set in the Military Affairs Campaign Plan (CAMPLAN) including:

Performance Measures




1.                Competent Ready Force


Measurement 3 of 4


2.                Optimal Force Structure


Measurement 0 of 3


3.                Cyber Response


Measurement N/A


4.                Sustainable Infrastructure


Measurement 0 of 2


5.                Beyond the Yellow Ribbon


Measurement 1 of 3


6.                Diversify the Force


Measurement 1 of 3


Specific aspects of these strategies including objectives, performance measures and results can be found in the ANNUAL REPORT and CAMPAIGN PLAN at (CAMPLAN will be available on September 30, 2012).