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Guardsmen closing the gap in the 21st WADS CANAM Hockey Classic

02.24.15 — Airmen from the Washington Air National Guard's Western Air Defense Sector (WADS) and the Canadian detachment of WADS came together Friday for the 21st Annual CanAm Hockey Classic at the Sprinker Rink. Read More »

National Guard breaks ground on $28M readiness center on Camp Murray

02.19.15 — Congressman Denny Heck joined the leadership of the Washington National Guard to break ground on a new $28 million facility at Camp Murray on Feb. 18. Read More »

National Guard to break ground on new facility on Camp Murray

02.16.15 — The Washington National Guard will break ground on its new Pierce County Readiness Center (PCRC) in a ceremony scheduled for Wednesday, February 18th at 1:30 p.m. on Camp Murray. The PCRC will replace the old Tacoma Armory, which was sold in 2013. Read More »

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Guardsmen closing the gap in the 21st WADS CANAM Hockey Classic

Airmen from the Washington Air National Guard's Western Air Defense Sector (WADS) and the Canadian detachment of WADS... 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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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, February 18th at Grey Army Air Field, JBLM. Evergreen Tremor is designed to focus the Washington Military Department's ability to bring Department of Defense resources and temporary infrastructure to key areas and residents after a Cascadia Subduction Zone event.

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A Co. 1-19th Special Forces Group Fast-Rope Insertion, Extraction System (FRIES) training
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A Co. 1-19th Special Forces Group Fast-Rope Insertion, Extraction System (FRIES) training

The Washington National Guard's A Co. 1-19th Special Forces Group spent two days training on the Fast-Rope Insertion and Extraction System (FRIES) at Joint-Base Lewis McChord February 9th and 10th.  FRIES is employed by small units to make rapid infiltration and exfiltration using rotary-wing aircraft in confined areas. The use of FRIES is normally restricted to situations where aircraft cannot land, and when mission requirements preclude the need for large amounts of equipment, and ammunition or heavy crew-served weapons.  (Washington National Guard video by: Pvt. Tyler Main, 122d Public Affairs Operations Center, WAARNG)

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