Headquarters, State Area Command
Washington Army National Guard
Active1854–Present
Country United States
Allegiance Washington
Branch United States Army
TypeARNG Headquarters Command
Part ofWashington National Guard
Garrison/HQCamp Murray, Washington
EngagementsWorld War I
World War II
Korean War
Persian Gulf War
Kosovo War
War in Afghanistan
Iraq War
War Against the Islamic State
Commanders
Current
commander
BG Paul T. Sellars
Command Chief Warrant OfficerCW5 Marc Brackett
Command Sergeant MajorCSM Eric D. Honeycutt
Insignia
Distinctive unit insignia

The Washington Army National Guard is a component of the United States Army and the Washington National Guard based in Washington. The history of the Washington Army National Guard dates back to 1854 with formation of the Washington Territorial Militia.[1] The command is headquartered at Camp Murray in Pierce County. It consists of 6,200 soldiers in two brigades and various smaller units located throughout the state.

Units

Washington Army National Guardsmen look on as runners race in a suicide awareness run

History

The history of the National Guard of Washington begins in 1855 before it was granted statehood, when the Washington Territorial Legislature created an organized militia. Washington was granted statehood in 1890, after which the organized militia transformed into a state militia. This militia was known as the Washington State Militia, and fought its first major conflict during the Spanish American War.[13] In 1903, the Washington National Guard (Alongside all other state militias) were given to joint federal-state control after the passage of the Militia Act of 1903.[14]

Washington Army National Guardsmen of Troop B, Washington Cavalry in Tacoma in 1907
Washington Army National Guardsmen at Camp Murray during World War II

Activations

Historic units

See also

References

  1. ^ "History - Washington National Guard: 248th SC". Archived from the original on 6 January 2009. Retrieved 28 September 2008.
  2. ^ "10th Civil Support Team | Washington State Military Department, Citizens Serving Citizens with Pride & Tradition". mil.wa.gov.
  3. ^ "56th Information Operations Brigade | Washington State Military Department". mil.wa.gov.
  4. ^ "Coat of Arms". Archived from the original on 14 April 2014. Retrieved 13 April 2014.
  5. ^ "Coat of Arms". Archived from the original on 14 April 2014. Retrieved 13 April 2014.
  6. ^ "1-168th General Support Aviation Battalion | Washington State Military Department, Citizens Serving Citizens with Pride & Tradition". mil.wa.gov. Retrieved 4 August 2022.
  7. ^ "96th Aviation Troop Command | Washington State Military Department, Citizens Serving Citizens with Pride & Tradition". mil.wa.gov. Retrieved 4 August 2022.
  8. ^ "96th Troop Command | Washington State Military Department, Citizens Serving Citizens with Pride & Tradition". mil.wa.gov. Retrieved 4 August 2022.
  9. ^ "420th Chemical Battalion".
  10. ^ "741st Ordnance Battalion | Washington State Military Department, Citizens Serving Citizens with Pride & Tradition". mil.wa.gov. Retrieved 4 August 2022.
  11. ^ "205th Regiment Regional Training Institute".
  12. ^ "Coat of Arms". Archived from the original on 14 April 2014. Retrieved 13 April 2014.
  13. ^ "A Short History of the Washington State Guard". Washington National Guard. Retrieved 20 December 2022.
  14. ^ "WASHINGTON NATIONAL GUARD PAMPHLET". The Official History of the Washington National Guard. 5: 5-12.
  15. ^ Biennial Report of the Adjutant General of Washington. Camp Murray, Tacoma, WA: State of Washington Military Department. 30 June 1964. Retrieved 15 December 2023.
  16. ^ a b "National Guard buys ship used in drug-smuggling". UPI. Retrieved 19 January 2024.
  17. ^ Sidnez, Leonardo (December 1980). "Damn the torpedoes! Send the nets to Alaska!" (PDF). The Evergreen O.D. 10 (4): 8-9. Retrieved 19 January 2024.
  18. ^ fwohp4481. "Interview With Joseph Harrison". Fort Worden Oral History Program Blog. Retrieved 19 January 2024.((cite web)): CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  19. ^ Sidnez, Leonardo (December 1980). "Damn the torpedoes! Send the nets to Alaska!" (PDF). The Evergreen O.D. 10 (4): 8-9. Retrieved 19 January 2024.
  20. ^ a b Zambone, Joe (November 1989). "Treacherous currents, nasty winds abound as Somervell challenges the mighty Columbia River". Evergreen: 13. Retrieved 19 January 2024.
  21. ^ "U.S. Army Transportation Corps - Fort Lee, Virginia". www.transportation.army.mil. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  22. ^ "The 248th Coast Artillery Regiment". Coast Defense Study Group. 24 May 2016. Retrieved 15 December 2023.
  23. ^ Jeffrey Lynn Pope, Leonid E. Kondratiuk, Army National Guard Lineage Series: Armor-Cavalry Regiments, National Guards Bureau, Historical Services Division, Washington DC 20310-2500, April 1995. DIANE Publishing edition ISBN 0788182064, 9780788182068

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