Gov. Walz appoints new leader of MN National Guard

Updated: August 12, 2020 10:50 PM

A new head is at the helm of the Minnesota National Guard.


On Wednesday, Governor Tim Walz announced that Brigadier Gen. Shawn Manke will step in to serve as the next leader of the Minnesota National Guard.

Manke will replace Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen, who was recently promoted to a National position within the National Guard.

Walz said having served in the Minnesota Guard for 24 years himself, he knows Manke's experience and dedication to public service have prepared him to be an effective leader of the Guard.

“He is prepared to do this work,” Governor Walz said. “As I was out talking to the troops, the warriors that General Manke will command, I know he has their best interest at heart.”

Manke, who has served in the National Guard since 2003, said this role was an honor that he would not take lightly.

“I assure you Governor Walz and citizens of Minnesota, that I will do everything in my effort to ensure we sustain the best National Guard in the nation,” Manke said.

This is a Governor-appointed position with a term of seven years and serves in the Governor's cabinet as head of the Minnesota Department of Military Affairs.

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