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Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State

Law provides: The adjutant general is the chief of staff to the commander-in-chief and the administrative head of the military department with responsibility for the military forces and reservations of the state. (Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 190)

Adjutant General: Major General Larry W. Shellito 
Appointed: 2003  
Salary: $127,623.60

Woodbury. Moorhead State University, B.A., accounting and business administration (1968), B.S., distributive education (1972), M.S., business education (1979), Command and General Staff College (1984), U.S. Army War College (1994), University of Minnesota, Ed.D. (1998). Instructor, Alexandria Technical College (1972–1984); institutional marketing, Alexandria Technical College (1984–1988); vice president, Alexandria Technical College (1988–1995); president, Alexandria Technical College (1995–2003); U.S. Army (1968–1973); various positions, Minnesota Army National Guard (1973–2000); commander, 34th infantry division, Minnesota Army National Guard (2000–2004).

Veterans Service Bldg., St. Paul 55155, (651)268-8924
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Assistant Adjutant General: Brigadier General Jon L. Trost
Army Chief of Staff: Colonel Joseph P. Kelly
Air Chief of Staff: Lt. Colonel Paul D. Cummings
Military Support of Civilian Authorities: Lt. Colonel Eric D. Waage
Staff Judge Advocate: Lt. Colonel John J. Brossart
Public Affairs Officer: Lt. Colonel Kevin A. Olson

Function: The department is responsible to provide personnel and units that are trained, equipped, and supported by facilities to meet all federal and state missions.

The Minnesota National Guard is equipped and, to a large extent, maintained by the federal government and can be ordered into active military service by the federal government. The guard has served in active federal service in all of the nation’s wars, beginning with the Civil War and including the Middle East conflict. The guard serves the state of Minnesota at the call of the governor to protect life and property and to preserve peace, order, and public safety. Minnesota National Guard units have been called to state active duty for such crises as floods, fires, searches for lost children, and civil disturbances. Army units are stationed in 63 state-owned training and community centers and an army aviation base in St. Paul. Air units are based at the Duluth and Minneapolis–St. Paul International Airports. The department also manages the guard’s training site, Camp Ripley, near Little Falls.

Last updated: 6/1/2009 2:52:59 PM