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Washington Army National Guard

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Headquarters, State Area Command
Washington Army National Guard
Seal of the United States Army National Guard.svg
Army National Guard insignia
Active 1854 — Present
Country  United States
Allegiance  Washington
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
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. It consists of 6,200 soldiers in two brigades and various smaller units located throughout the state.


Washington National Guardsmen look on as runners race in a suicide awareness run.


Washington National Guardsmen at Camp Murray during World War II.


Historic units[edit]

  • 161st inf rgt.jpeg 161st Infantry Regiment
  • 1444th and 241st TC Detachment[3]
  • 146FARegtCOA.jpg 146th Field Artillery Regiment
  • 205CARegtCOA.jpg 205th Air Defense Artillery Regiment
  • 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.
  • 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.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^
  2. ^ "56th Information Operations Brigade | Washington State Military Department". Retrieved 2015-12-02. 
  3. ^ "U.S. Army Transportation Corps - Fort Lee, Virginia". Retrieved 21 April 2018. 
  4. ^ Jeffrey Lynn Pope, Leonid E. Kondratiuk, Army National Guard Lineage Series: Armor-Cavalry Regiments, National Guards Bureau, Historical Services Division, Washington DC 20310-2500, April 1995. DIANE Publishing edition ISBN 0788182064, 9780788182068

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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