South Dakota National Guard

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Flags from the United Kingdom, United States and Canada wave near the entrance to the South Dakota Army National Guard's Golden Coyote training site in Custer State Park in East Custer, S.D.

The South Dakota National Guard is part of the South Dakota Department of Military & Veterans Affairs. It was created in 1862 as the State Militia. Its headquarters is located in Rapid City, South Dakota. It consists of the South Dakota Army National Guard and the South Dakota Air National Guard.[1]

The Guard in South Dakota was first activated 1862 by the territorial governor, and consisted of six companies of militia, composed of cavalry and infantry. In April 1898 the first infantry was federalized and deployed to the Philippines.[2]

South Dakota Army National Guard[edit]

The South Dakota Army National Guard maintains and operates 32 armories, and in 31 different communities. Major components of the SD ARNG include field artillery, engineer, transportation, aviation, maintenance and medical units.

Major units:

  • Joint Forces Headquarters
  • 196th Maneuver Enhanced Brigade
  • 196th Regional Training Institute
  • 109th Regional Support Group
  • 139th Brigade Support Battalion
  • 881st Troop Command
  • 1/147th Field Artillery Battalion

Historical units[edit]

In Jan. 2013, Charmaine White Face raised concerns about radiation exposure of South Dakota Army National Guard soldiers in the Buffalo Gap National Grassland.[3]

South Dakota Air National Guard[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://sdguard.ngb.army.mil/sdguard/guard_army.asp
  2. ^ "South Dakota National Guard". Global Security. Retrieved 3 Sep 2011. 
  3. ^ "Charmaine White Face: Deadly dose of uranium for soldiers". Indianz.Com. 2013-01-28. Retrieved 2013-03-27. 
  4. ^ South Dakota Air National Guard (www.sdsiou.ang.af.mil)

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