Minnesota National Guard
347th Regional Support Group

Soldiers of the 347th Regional Support Group work with load masters and railroad staff to ensure the proper loading of an armored recover y vehicle at Camp Ripley Training Center on May 17, 2016. (Minnesota National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Anthony Housey)
Unit Information

The 347th Regional Support Group (RSG) is an Army National Guard brigade headquartered in Brooklyn Park that is capable of providing trained and ready combat forces. Additionally, the 347th RSG is prepared to support the State of Minnesota with troops capable of assisting in a disaster.

The mission of the 347th Regional Support Group is to deploy and provide contingency and expeditionary base operations, with responsibilities for managing facilities, providing administrative and logistical support for troop services and ensuring the security of personnel and facilities on a base camp. The brigade provides command and control of assigned units during homeland security, homeland defense and other civil support missions within the U.S. to include managing the Reception, Staging, Onward Movement and Integration of supporting forces.

The 347th Regional Support Company is made up of the 347th RSG Headquarters, 147th Human Resource Company, 114th Transportation Company, 204th Area Support Medical Company, 224th (Med) Transportation Company, 1903rd Acquisition Team, 1904th Acquisition Team and the 147th/247th Finance Management Support Detachment.

2016 Accomplishments

In 2016 Soldiers of the 347th RSG mobilized to support the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, during a National Training Center rotation at Fort Irwin, California. The 347th RSG's logistic specialists from the 114th and 224th Transportation Companies undertook the monumental task of moving a brigade's worth of equipment - valued at more than $750 million -from Camp Ripley Training Center to Fort Irwin and eventually back to home station.

The task began at CRTC, where more than 1,200 pieces of equipment were loaded onto more than 400 railcars, building a total of eight trains for movement to California. Upon arrival at the Yermo Railhead Annex at Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow, California, the transportation companies assisted in the second stage of the historic movement, first unloading then either driving or line-hauling the equipment down the Manix Trail, a 30-mile trek through the Mojave Desert bridging the final leg of the journey to Fort Irwin. This provided valuable training on an unprecedented scope for the 347th RSG's transportation specialists.

Additionally, while at NTC, the 347th RSG provided customer service and supported the 1/34th ABCT with everything from medical support to hauling away trash in order to maintain a high quality of life for Soldiers inhabiting the Rotational Unit Bivouac Area, a mini city housing more than 6,000 Soldiers. The 347th RSG also performed JRSOI, postal service and Joint Visitor Bureau duties, escorting 20 distinguished visitors including Lt. Gen. Timothy Kadavy, Director of the Army National Guard.

The brigade's support of the NTC rotation not only gave its Soldiers valuable experience, but also allowed them to maximize training within their occupational skill set.

Lastly in 2016, the 147th and 247th Financial Management Support Detachments conducted the Diamond Saber finance exercise at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin. The two detachments were evaluated in the areas of disbursing, commercial vendor services and military pay.

2017 Objectives

In 2017 the 1903rd Acquisition Team, which plans and coordinates contracting functions up to the corps level and supports the U.S. Property and Fiscal Office, will deploy to Kuwait as part of a contracting support brigade executing theater support contracting plans.

The 347th RSG will prepare for and conduct a Combat Support Training eXercise with units at Camp Ripley Training Center and Fort McCoy, Wisconsin. The training will include the brigade's human resources, medical, headquarters and financial management companies and one of its contract acquisition teams. The CSTX, which builds upon the experience garnered at NTC to hone the brigade's specialized, support abilities, is in preparation of a 2018 deployment. This will reduce time spent during pre-mobilization training in 2018, which in turn reduces time away from families and employers and lowers cost.

Community Connections

Unit Address: 5500 85th Ave N, Brooklyn Park, MN 55443
Building Manager: 651-268-8087
Building Rental: 651-268-8096

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Minnesota National Guard Leadership

Minnesota Adjutant General Maj. Gen.
Richard C. Nash
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Senior Enlisted Advisor
Command Sgt. Maj. Douglas Wortham
On Center Ice
Unit Command Structure

Joint Force Headquarters
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Unit Leadership

Commander  CSM
Col. Lowell E. Kruse
347 RSG
Command Sgt. Maj. Marcus Erickson
347 RSG
Major Unit Equipment

M16 Rifle
M9 Pistol

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Unit Occupational Specialties

42L-Administrative Specialist
92Y-Unit Supply Specialist

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