Headquarters, State Area Command
Washington Army National Guard
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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
Commanders
Current
commander
Bret D. Daugherty
Insignia
Distinctive unit insignia
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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
Washington Army National Guardsmen look on as runners race in a suicide awareness run

The WA Guard also maintains the 10th Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team (WMD-CST).[12]

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 transofmred 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 of Troop B, Washington Cavalry in Tacoma in 1907
Washington Army National Guardsmen at Camp Murray during World War II
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. ^ "1-168th General Support Aviation Battalion | Washington State Military Department, Citizens Serving Citizens with Pride & Tradition". mil.wa.gov. Retrieved 4 August 2022.
  3. ^ "96th Aviation Troop Command | Washington State Military Department, Citizens Serving Citizens with Pride & Tradition". mil.wa.gov. Retrieved 4 August 2022.
  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. ^ "96th Troop Command | Washington State Military Department, Citizens Serving Citizens with Pride & Tradition". mil.wa.gov. Retrieved 4 August 2022.
  7. ^ "420th Chemical Battalion".((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ "741st Ordnance Battalion | Washington State Military Department, Citizens Serving Citizens with Pride & Tradition". mil.wa.gov. Retrieved 4 August 2022.
  9. ^ "56th Information Operations Brigade | Washington State Military Department". mil.wa.gov.
  10. ^ "205th Regiment Regional Training Institute".
  11. ^ "Coat of Arms". Archived from the original on 14 April 2014. Retrieved 13 April 2014.
  12. ^ "10th Civil Support Team | Washington State Military Department, Citizens Serving Citizens with Pride & Tradition". mil.wa.gov.
  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. ^ "U.S. Army Transportation Corps - Fort Lee, Virginia". www.transportation.army.mil. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  16. ^ 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

Further reading