Georgia National Guard
The Georgia Army National Guard is comprised of more than 9,000 citizen-soldiers drilling in units located across the state. Georgia's Army Guard is the thirteenth largest in the nation and is made up of combat, combat support and combat service support units. Over 60 percent of Georgia Army National Guard forces are high priority units and would be among the first to deploy during a national crisis.
The Georgia Army National Guard includes Army Guard headquarters and State Area Command (STARC) both located at the Oglethorpe Army, adjacent to Ft. Gillem in Ellenwood. The Georgia Army National Guard also operates the Regional Training Institute in Macon, which is home to various soldier, noncommissioned officer, and officer courses, and the state Officer Candidate School program; and the National Guard Training Center at Ft. Stewart which provides housing, equipment, maintenance facilities and training sites for units from Georgia and other southeastern states.
The Georgia Army National Guard maintains 90 armories, and is present in 73 communities.
Members of the Georgia Army National Guard supporting missions both in state and overseas during FY99. Members of Georgia's 4th Military Support Detachment began training for their mission to assist local, state and federal civil authorities in the event of a domestic terrorist incident involving weapons of mass destruction. The 48th Infantry Brigade joined the "reflagged" 24th Infantry Division. The Division is the first to utilize a new Army concept of integrated active and reserve component forces. The 277th Maintenance Company deployed to Germany for three weeks to augment active duty troops in the US Army Theater Maintenance operations in Europe.
Meanwhile, the 878th Engineer Battalion participated in "Operation Caribbean Castle-99" in the Dominican Republic. The battalion mission was to build three schools desperately needed after the destruction caused when Hurricane Georges swept the island nation last year. At home, the threat of Hurricane Floyd sparked the mobilization of Georgia Army National Guardsmen to assist in evacuation cleanup and the return of thousands of Georgia Coast residents to their homes.
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