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About the West Virginia National Guard

The West Virginia National Guard is comprised of more 60 units and detachments operating in communities around the state. In 2023, there are more than 3,900 Soldiers and 2,030 Airmen who made up the West Virginia Army and Air National Guard, of which 2,256 were working as a full-time AGR, Federal Technician or State employee.

Land Component Units include:
  • 197th Regional Training Institute
  • Army Interagency Training and Education Center
  • Special Operations Detachment - Europe
  • Medical Detachment
  • 111th Engineer Brigade
  • Recruiting and Retention Battalion
  • WVNG - Training Center
  • 77th Brigade Troop Command
  • Department of Emergency Services
Air Component Units include:
  • 130th Airlift Wing (C-130J)
  • 167th Airlift Wing (C-17 Globemaster III)
Joint Task Force Homeland Defense (JTF-HD) units include:
  • Counter Drug
  • Joint Forces Headquarters
  • Land Component - West Virginia Army National Guard
  • Air Component - West Virginia Air National Guard
  • United States Property and Finance Office
WVNG Organization Chart

The U.S. National Guard

The National Guard, composed of Army and Air National Guard units, 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 National Guard’s state mission is perhaps the most visible and well known.
The West Virginia National Guard provides trained, equipped and ready forces capable of mobilizing and deploying in support of federal and state missions.

Our 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.


Our Federal Mission

During peacetime, each state National Guard answers to 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 theater in which they are operating and, ultimately, to the President.

Even when not federalized, the Army and Air National Guard have 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, Air Force and other DoD branches in fulfilling the country's military needs.

Since 9/11, the WV National Guard has deployed over 12,000 Soldiers and Airmen in support of overseas global missions.