UPDATE 5/30/20 3:05 p.m.
Announced during a morning press conference by state leadership, Governor Walz authorized the National Guard to “fully activate.”
The Minnesota National Guard is an organization of more than 13,000 Soldiers and Airmen. A full activation authorizes the guard to activate all those that are medically fit, and not deployed to support the mission to quell civil unrest. Initial estimates are that could include between 7000-10,000 Soldiers and Airmen. That will include nearly 2,500 by tonight to support the Saturday evening missions. The remainder will muster and become
available during coming days. “We are ‘All-In’,” stated Major General Jon Jensen, Minnesota Adjutant General, “we are ‘All-In’ for the people of Minnesota.”
The Minnesota National Guard continues to maintain a presence in the Twin Cities in support of local civil authorities. Our citizen-soldiers and airmen prepared to support missions throughout the Minneapolis, Saint Paul and its surrounding communities.
The Minnesota National Guard is prepared to protect life, protect property and restore order. This includes patrols, manning control points, and assisting firefighters in accomplishing their life-saving mission by providing security.
This represents the largest domestic deployment in the Minnesota’s National
Guard’s 164-year history.
The Minnesota National Guard will be fully mobilized to the Minneapolis and St. Paul area according to Governor Tim Walz in a press conference Saturday morning. Minnesota’s Adjutant General Major General Jon Jensen said that by mid-afternoon nearly 2,500 guardsmen are expected on scene. The Minnesota National Guard is estimated at 13,200 soldiers, although not all are eligible for activation due to the need to complete their training according to Jensen. Jensen also said federal resources and personnel have been requested.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.