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Priority legislation approved by Legislature, governor

05.05.15 — Gov. Jay Inslee recently signed two pieces of legislation allowing Guards members to stay overnight in Armories and mandating all state agencies develop continuity of operation plans, both of which were top priorities of Major General Bret D. Daugherty, The Adjutant General in charge of the Washington Military Department. The state also approved a Senate Joint Memorial asking President Barack Obama and Pentagon officials to transition the Washington National Guard's 81st Armored Brigade Combat Team to a Stryker Brigade Combat Team. Read More »

225th Air Defense Group activated at WADS

05.04.15 — Historic day for Washington Air National Guard as Western Air Defense Sector is re-designated Read More »

A Vietnamese Journey to Freedom: 40 years later

04.30.15 — If you walk up to the 50 series of buildings on Camp Murray, you will see a few small office buildings and an old chow hall – nothing that immediately stands out. But if you take a close look, you'll find a monument with the words, "Refugee Day," celebrating the Vietnamese refugees that came to Washington. Read More »

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225th Air Defense Group activated at WADS

Historic day for Washington Air National Guard as Western Air Defense Sector is re-designated Read More »

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The Washington National Guard is made up of more than 8,000 citizen soldiers and airmen who are dedicated to our mission of safeguarding lives, property and the economy of Washington State. First organized in 1855, the Washington National Guard has a long history of serving our communities.

Our men and women are Washington residents who are invested in their communities and care deeply for the people we serve. We are your neighbors, co-workers, friends and family members. We come from different towns, professions and backgrounds but come together for a common goal to serve those who need our help – across our state, nation and world.

At the call of the Governor, the Washington National Guard will mobilize and deploy during times of state emergency to augment local jurisdictions and responders in their efforts to protect lives and property. The Washington National Guard is also subject to the call of the United States President to serve as part of the total U.S. Military.

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Landing on an Aircraft Carrier (Evergreen Tremor)
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Landing on an Aircraft Carrier (Evergreen Tremor)

UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters from the Washington National Guard's 66th Theater Aviation Command conduct deck landing qualification with the help of the U.S. Navy's USS John C. Stennis aircraft carrier near Port Angeles on March 23.It was part of the Washington National Guard's Exercise Evergreen Tremor, which tests the guards
Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake plan.

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National Guard competes to be the best
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National Guard competes to be the best

16 soldiers from around the state gathered at Camp Murray to compete in the 2015 Best Warrior competition. The soldiers were put to the test both physically and mentally through three grueling days. The winner for the enlisted competitors was Spc. Joshua Beal, HHC 898th Brigade Engineer Battalion and the winner of the NCOs was Sgt. Matthew Croft, B Troop, 1-303rd Cav.

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National Guard members rehearse sling load operations
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National Guard members rehearse sling load operations

The Washington National Guard's 116th Air Support Operations Squadron and 66th Theater Aviation Command conducted sling load operations training in support of Exercise Evergreen Tremor, Feb. 18  at Grey Army Air Field, JBLM.

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