The Army National Guard exists in all 50 states, three territories and the District of Columbia. The state, territory or district leadership are the Commanders in Chief for each Guard. Their Adjutants General are answerable to them for the training and readiness of the units. At the state level, the governors reserve the ability, under the Constitution of the United States, to call up members of the National Guard in time of domestic emergencies or need.The Army National Guard’s state mission is perhaps the most visible and well known.

 
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The Federal Mission

During peacetime each state National Guard answers to the leadership in the 50 states, three territories and the District of Columbia. During national emergencies, however, the President reserves the right to mobilize the National Guard, putting them in federal duty status. While federalized, the units answer to the Combatant Commander of the theatre in which they are operating and, ultimately, to the President. Even when not federalized, the National Guard has a federal obligation (or mission.) That mission is to maintain properly trained and equipped units, available for prompt mobilization for war, national emergency, or as otherwise needed. The National Guard is a partner with the Active Army and Air Force and the Army and Air Force Reserves in fulfilling the country’s military needs.

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The State Mission

The National Guard’s state mission is perhaps the most visible and well known. Nearly everyone has seen or heard of Guard units responding to battle fires or helping communities deal with floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, snowstorms or other emergency situations. In times of civil unrest, the citizens of a state can rest assured that the Guard will be ready to respond, if needed.

 
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Fighting America's Wars

The Oklahoma National Guard has a rich heritage of answering the call of duty to defend the nation on home soil and abroad. Since 9/11, more than 30,000 of our Soldiers and Airmen have deployed, many of them serving multiple deployments to answer our nation’s call. Although major combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan have stopped, the OKNG is still deploying in large numbers to support national objectives. OKNG Soldiers and Airmen performed missions and training this past year with active-duty and coalition counterparts in the Middle East, Europe, Africa, and the Pacific. They provided helicopter airlift and air support, military police, air combat support, unmanned aerial systems, manned I.S.R., medical, logistics, security force, and engineering capabilities.

 

SINCE 9/11

Since September 11, 2001, the Oklahoma National Guard deployed more than 30,000 Soldiers and Airmen supporting the Global War on Terrorism. We deployed to more than 16 countries, with the majority of our deployments being in Afghanistan and Iraq. We have defended freedom in multiple operations to include: The Oklahoma National Guard’s federal mission is to fight and win the nation’s wars.

  • Operation Noble Eagle
  • Operation Enduring Freedom
  • Operation Spartan Shield
  • Operation Iraqi Freedom
  • Operation New Dawn
  • Operation Freedom’s Sentinel
  • Operation Inherent Resolve
  • Joint Multinational Training Group Ukraine
  • Kosovo Force Operation
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