Pennsylvania National Guard
|Pennsylvania National Guard|
|Active||As militia: 1747-1870
|Branch||United States Army
United States Air Force
|Size||Full Time: 3,500
Part Time: 15,500
|Garrison/HQ||Fort Indiantown Gap|
|Motto||"Civilian in peace. Soldier in war."|
|Major General Wesley E. Craig|
The Pennsylvania National Guard is composed of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard and the Pennsylvania Air National Guard. It is one of the largest National Guards in the nation. It has the largest Army National Guard of all the states and the fourth largest Air National Guard. These forces are respective components of the United States Army and Air Force. The state air and ground national guard forces are governed through the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, headquartered at Fort Indiantown Gap.
John Oppell Foering noted, "without question the Washington Grays (Philadelphia) have been the parent and pattern of the militia of the City and State, as well as the foundation upon which was erected the magnificent National Guard of Pennsylvania if not of the entire country." The sculpture to the 1st Regiment Infantry National Guard of Philadelphia is positioned adjacent to John Wilson's sculpture Washington Grays Monument.
After the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in August 1990, eight Army and Air Guard units from Pennsylvania were mobilized for duty during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Among ANG units involved were the 193rd Special Operations Wing, flying C-130s modified to transmit radio and television signals, and the 171st Air Refueling Wing. Seemingly the four Army units were scheduled to all return home by May 1991. Every member returned home safely.
Following the end of the Cold War, National Guard State Partnership Programs were established across Europe. In 1993, the Pennsylvania – Lithuania National Guard Partnership was initiated.
The command element of the Pennsylvania National Guard is the Joint Staff.
The Adjutant General: - Major General Wesley E. Craig, Jr.
Deputy Adjutant General - Army: Major General Randall R. Marchi
Deputy Adjutant General - Air: Major General Stephen M. Sischo
Deputy Adjutant General for Veterans Affairs: Brigadier General (PA) Michael Gould
- Pennsylvania National Guard awards and decorations
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- Media Armory
- "About the Pennsylvania National Guard". Pennsylvania DMVA. 2008. Retrieved 2007-01-17.
- John Oppell Foering. "Register of the members of the "Artillery corps, Washington grays" of the city of Philadelphia who served in the war of the rebellion 1861-1865". 1912. p. ix
- Historical Highlights of the Pennsylvania National Guard, accessed January 2014.
- Ron Devlin, State Guard Units Scheduled to Return Home by May, The Morning Call, April 21, 1991.
- "PA Army National Guard". Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 2007. Retrieved 2007-01-17.
- Official Website of the Pennsylvania National Guard
- PA Department of Military and Veterans Affairs official website
- Pennsylvania National Guard Official Facebook Page
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- Pennsylvania National Guard Official Flickr Page
- Pennsylvania National Guard Official YouTube Channel
- Pennsylvania National Guard Associations
- Pennsylvania National Guard Quarterly Magazine - Guardians