Washington Army National Guard

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Headquarters, State Area Command
Washington Army National Guard
US Army National Guard Insignia.svg
Army National Guard insignia
Active 1854 — Present
Allegiance  United States
Branch United States Army
Type ARNG Headquarters Command
Part of Washington National Guard
Garrison/HQ Camp Murray, Washington
Engagements World War I
World War II
Korean War
Persian Gulf War
Kosovo War
War in Afghanistan
Iraq War
Commanders
Current
commander
Bret D. Daugherty

The Washington Army National Guard is a component of the United States Army and the Washington National Guard based in Washington. The history of the Washington Army National Guard dates back to 1854 with formation of the Washington Territorial Militia. [1] The command is headquartered at Camp Murray in Pierce County, which houses the state's National Guard Museum, "The Arsenal." It consists of 6,300 soldiers in two brigades and various smaller units located throughout the state.

Units[edit]

  • Joint Forces Headquarters
  • 66th Theater Aviation Command[1]
  • 81st Armored Brigade Combat Team (40th Infantry Division)[2]
    • Headquarters & Headquarters Company
    • Special Troops Battalion[3]
    • 1st Battalion, 161st Infantry Regiment[4]
    • 1st Squadron, 303d Cavalry Regiment[5]
    • 2d Battalion, 146th Field Artillery Regiment[6]
    • 181st Support Battalion[7]
  • 96th Troop Command
    • Headquarters & Headquarters Company
    • Special Operations Detachment- Pacific (SOD-P)
    • 56th Theater Information Operations Group
      • 156th Information Operations Battalion
      • 144th Army Liaison Team (ARFORCOM)
      • 116th Rear Operations Center
      • 122d Public Affairs Operation Center
    • 341st Military Intelligence Battalion (Linguist)
      • Company A, 341st Military Intelligence Battalion
      • Company B, 341st Military Intelligence Battalion
    • 420th Chemical Battalion[8]
      • 540th Chemical Detachment
      • 790th Chemical Company (MVR Support)
      • 792nd Chemical Company (Heavy)
      • 1041st Transportation Company (Light/Medium)
      • 1161st Transportation Company (PLS)
    • 741st Ordnance Battalion
  • 176th Engineer Company (Vertical)
  • 204th Engineer Company
  • 286th Engineer Company (Horizontal)
  • 506th Military Police Detachment
  • 540th Chemical Detachment
  • 951st Maintenance Company
  • Company A, 1st Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
  • 133d Army Band
    • 141st Military History Detachment
  • 205th Regiment (Leadership)[9]
    • Headquarters Company
    • 1st Battalion, 205th Regiment
    • 2d Battalion, 205th Regiment

History[edit]

Activations[edit]

Historic units[edit]

  • 161st inf rgt.jpeg 161st Infantry Regiment
  • 146FARegtCOA.jpg 146th Field Artillery Regiment
  • 205CARegtCOA.jpg 205th Air Defense Artillery Regiment
  • 303rdArmorReg.png 303d Armor - The regiment traces its history from the 803d Tank Battalion, redesignated from 803d Tank Destroyer Battalion on 13 September 1946. Reorganized and federally recognized 18 March 1947 with HQ at Centralia. Reorganized and redesignated 15 April 1959 as the 303d Armor, with one battalion (1959-1963), two battalions (1963-1968), and one battalion from that date. Consolidated with 803d Armor (constituted 1 January 1974) between 15 April and 1 September 1993.
  • 303rd CAV rgt COA.png 303d Cavalry Regiment - The Regiment was constituted on 1 January 1968 as the 303d Cavalry, a parent regiment under CARS, and on the same day ('concurrently') organized to consist of Troop E, a component of the 81st Infantry Brigade. Transferred from CARS to USARS 1 June 1989 with headquarters at Camp Murray. Reorganized, redesignated, and consolidated 1 May 1992, consisting (unchanged) as Troop E, a component of the 81st Infantry Brigade, at Puyallup.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://96tc.washingtonarmyguard.org/248th/sponsor/historywng.htm
  2. ^ Armor-Cavalry Unit Lineages, US Army/DIANE Publishing

Further reading[edit]

  • McLatchy, Patrick H., The Development of the National Guard of Washington as an Instrument of Social Control, 1854-1916. Unpub. Ph.D dissertation, University of Washington, 1973.
  • Carey, Daniel C., The Washington State National Guard, 1901-1917. Unpub. MA thesis, Washington State University, 1993.
  • Washington State, Military Department, Office of the Adjutant General. Washington National Guard Pamphlet: The Official History of the Washington National Guard. 7 vols. Compiled by Virgil F. Field. Camp Murray, WA, 1959.
  • Washington State, Military Department, Office of the Adjutant General. A Brief History of the Washington Territorial Militia, 1855–1889 and the National Guard of the State of Washington, 1889-1957. Compiled by Virgil F. Field. Mimeographed, 1957.

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