History of Major Missions

Below is a list of some of the Major Activations State Defense Forces have participated since 1917.

 

This list DOES NOT include major Joint Task Force training exercises which the State Defense Forces routinely participate with The Army National Guard & Air National Guard. This list states only State & National operations which the State Defense Forces were activated.

 

*The list will evolve over time as there have been thousands of operations and activations State Defense Forces have performed.  We will be continuously adding content.  State Defense Forces have been in existence since 1917 there have been many activations and operations in its history.

 

2017 – Hurricane Sandy

State Defense Forces involved:

  • Alaska State Defense Force – Mission: Deployed to Puerto Rico in support of National Guard
  • New York Guard – Mission: Assisting and augmenting National Guard forces for Puerto Rico Mission
  • New York Guard – Mission: The Anti -Terrorism Surge
  • Georgia State Defense Force – Mission: Assisting and augmenting National Guard forces during Hurricane Irma and Maria emergencies
  • Virginia State Defense Force – Mission: Support & Assist the National Guard during Hurricane IRMA activation

 

2016

  • Texas State Guard – Mission: Joint Task Mission with National Guard to respond to widespread flooding throughout state.

 

2015

  • Georgia State Defense Force & South Carolina State Guard – Mission: Joint Task Force mission with National Guard to respond to hard hit flooding

 

2012 – Hurricane Sandy

State Defense Forces involved:

  • New York Guard – Mission: Assisted & Augmented The National Guard
  • Maryland State Defense Force – Mission: Assisted & Augmented The National Guard with Medical, & JOC Personnel
  • Georgia State Defense Force – Mission: Assisting The National Guard
  • South Carolina State Guard – Mission: Assisting The National Guard & Civil Authorities

 

2011 – Hurricane Irene

State Defense Forces involved:

  • New York Guard – Mission: Augment National Guard Forces with security, Medical, Supply & Logistics
  • Virginia State Defense Force – Mission: Augment National Guard Forces with IMAT (Communication) Teams
  • Maryland State Defense Force – Mission: Assist National Guard Forces with Engineering, Medical & JOC Personnel

 

2007

DEPLOYMENT OUT OF STATE

  • Maryland State Defense Force – Mission: Deploy with Maryland Air National Guard to South Dakota to provide medical care to the Sioux tribe.

 

2006 

DEPLOYMENT OUT OF COUNTRY

  • Maryland State Defense Force – Mission: Deploy with Maryland Air National Guard to Bosnia and Herzegovina to provide Humanitarian aid.

 

2005 – Hurricane Katrina

INVOLVE DEPLOYMENTS OUT OF STATE

2,274 State Defense Force troops from eight State Defense Forces deployed to assist in recovery operations during Hurricane Katrina:

  • Alabama State Defense Force – Mission: Assist The National Guard with Logistics & Supply
  • Georgia State Defense Force – Mission: Augment & Assist The National Guard with Medical Teams
  • Maryland State Defense Force – Mission: Deploy to Louisiana with Maryland Air National Guard to assist in medical support for hurricane victims.
  • Mississippi State Guard – Mission: Recovery operations.
  • Texas State Guard – Mission: Augment & Assist The National Guard in Medical, Transportation, Shelter Management, & Supply missions
  • Louisiana State Guard – Mission: Assist The National Guard
  • California State Military Reserve – Mission: Deploy to Louisiana with California National Guard to assist with disaster recovery missions.
  • Virginia State Defense Force – Mission: Communication support and mobilization assistance to National Guard units.

 

2004 – Republican National Convention

State Defense Forces involved:

  • New York Guard

Mission involved: Augment The New York National Guard CERFP Team

 

 

2001 – September 11 Terrorist Attacks

  • 2,274 Soldiers from 8 State Defense Forces were involved with responding to The September 11 Terrorist Attacks.

Missions involved: Medical Assistance, Assistance with Recovery Efforts, Back-filling Deployed State National Guard units, Force Protection Teams securing critical sites & National Guard Armories, & Logistical Support

 

1946-2001

  • State Defense Forces Assisted & Augmented National Guard forces during Natural Disasters

World War 2

  • 168,000 Soldiers from nearly every State were involved with securing critical sites, armories and performing State & Federal Military Missions.  They also responded to natural disasters & riot control that occurred during the war.

World War 1

  • 150,000 Soldiers from numerous States were involved with Internal Security missions, securing critical sites, armories, and assuming National Guard responsibilities through the states

 

Sources:

Department of Defense Inspector General Evaluation Report 2014

New York Division of Military & Naval Affairs ‘Guard Times’ Newsmagazine

New York Guard Deployment – Source

New York Guard Articles

US Home Defense Study (John R. Brinkerhoff, Deputy Assistant Secretary – Reserve Affairs)

Georgia Department of Defense Website

Georgia State Defense Force article

South Carolina State Guard Website

Virginia State Defense Force: 2017 Source

Maryland Deployments – Source

Hurricane Katrina: Source