North Carolina Army National Guard
|Headquarters, State Area Command
North Carolina Army National Guard
North Carolina STARC shoulder sleeve insignia
|Branch||Army National Guard|
|Type||ARNG Headquarters Command|
|Part of||North Carolina National Guard|
|Garrison/HQ||Raleigh, North Carolina|
|Seal of the Army National Guard|
|Distinctive unit insignia|
The North Carolina Army National Guard is a component of the United States Army, the United States National Guard, and the North Carolina National Guard. Nationwide, the Army National Guard comprises approximately one half of the US Army's available combat forces and approximately one third of its support organization. National coordination of various state National Guard units are maintained through the National Guard Bureau.
North Carolina Army National Guard units are trained and equipped as part of the United States Army. The same ran ks and insignia are used and National Guardsmen are eligible to receive all United States military awards. The North Carolina Guard also bestows a number of state awards for local services rendered in or to the state of North Carolina.
The North Carolina Army National Guard is composed of approximately 10,250 soldiers, and maintains 95 facilities in 75 counties.
 Units and formations
- 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team
- 113th Sustainment Brigade
- 130th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade
- 449th Theater Aviation Brigade
- 139th Regiment - Fort Bragg
- 60th Troop Command
National Guard units can be mobilized at any time by presidential order to supplement regular armed forces, and upon declaration of a state of emergency by the governor of the state in which they serve. Unlike Army Reserve members, National Guard members cannot be mobilized individually (except through voluntary transfers and temporary duty assignments (TDY)), but only as part of their respective units. However, there has been a significant amount of individual activations to support military operations (2001-?); the legality of this policy is a major issue within the National Guard.
 Active duty callups
For much of the final decades of the twentieth century, National Guard personnel typically served "One weekend a month, two weeks a year", with a portion working for the Guard in a full-time capacity. The current forces formation plans of the US Army call for the typical National Guard unit (or National Guardsman) to serve one year of active duty for every three years of service. More specifically, current Department of Defense policy is that no Guardsman will be involuntarily activated for a total of more than 24 months (cumulative) in one six year enlistment period.
The 252nd Armor Regiment was originally constituted on 20 March 1959 as the 196th Armor for the North Carolina Army National Guard as a parent regiment under the Combat Arms Regimental System and assigned to the 30th Infantry Division.
The North Carolina Army National Guard is home to the 30th HBCT, the first National Guard maneuver brigade to deploy as a full brigade since World War II.
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 Historic units
- 120th Infantry Regiment (United States)
- 139th Infantry Regiment (United States)
- 113th Field Artillery Regiment (United States)
- 196th Armor Regiment (United States)
- 252nd Armor Regiment (United States)
 See also
113th BN Headquarters
- Bibliography of North Carolina Army National Guard History compiled by the United States Army Center of Military History
- North Carolina Army National Guard, accessed 25 Nov 2006
- GlobalSecurity.org North Carolina Army National Guard, accessed 25 Nov 2006
- Unit Designations in the Army Modular Force, accessed 23 Nov 2006