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US National Guard Bureau / Arlington

Last modified: 19 Mar 2021

Country: United States    Region: Virginaia

Latitude: 38° 52' 0" N     Longitude: -78° 53' 40" E

Area use / Military Branches: ACTIVE


3852'1"N 77 6'19"W US Arlington. National Guard Bureau
General info about ALL NG units nationwide: The (Air) and (Army) National Guard units may operate in dual missions.

- State Mission operating under the respective state governors
When ANG or ARNG units are not mobilized or under federal control, they report to the governor through the state Adjutant General. Each of the 54 National Guard organizations is supervised by the adjutant general of the state or territory. Under state law, the National Guard provides protection of life, property and preserves peace, order and public safety. These missions are accomplished through emergency relief support during natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes and forest fires; search and rescue operations; support to civil defense authorities; maintenance of vital public services and counterdrug ops.

- Federal Mission operating under the US president
The NG federal mission is to maintain trained, equipped combat units available for prompt mobilization during federal military ops. In peacetime, these combat-ready (support) units are assigned to carry out missions compatible with training, mobilization readiness, humanitarian and contingency ops such as Operations Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq. The NG provides almost half of the combat units and contains nearly all kinds of types combat support organizations capable of worldwide deployment.

The US National Guard Bureau is the channel of communications between the states and the Departments of the Army and the Air Force. For more than 80 years the National Guard Bureau has experienced many changes and important historical events, most notably 4 wars, the post-World-War-II reorganization of the National Guard, and the creation of a separate Air Force.

From its small beginnings as an office in the Adjutant General's Office, the National Guard Bureau has grown into a major staff and operating agency in the Department of Defense. Its personnel have substantially increased to a present total of more than 400 officers, enlisted personnel, and civilians.

Today, the mission of the National Guard Bureau is to participate with Army and Air Force staffs in programs pertaining to the National Guard. The NGB is responsible for administering programs for the development and maintenance of Army and Air National Guard units in the 50 states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, and Guam. There are many programs administered through NGB that serve youth populations, including the Youth Challenge Program, Partners in Education, HUMVEE School Program, YOU CAN School Program, and Guard Fit Challenge. As of December 31, 2011, the Chief of the National Guard Bureau is a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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