Military


Missouri Army National Guard

The Missouri Army National Guard maintains 65 armories, and is present in 64 communities.

Missouri Army National Guard soldiers were busy in Missouri and all over the world in FY99. More than 1,000 soldiers spent their annual training in Honduras for Joint Task Force Aguan, a humanitarian and civic assistance mission helping the country recover from the devastation of Hurricane Mitch. Soldiers spent eight months building schools, clinics, roads and bridges, and digging wells for remote communities in the Aguan Valley area of Honduras. In support of the Total Force, two Missouri Army National Guard units deployed to Europe in support of Operation Joint Forge.

In Alaska, soldiers spent a third year on Annette Island building a 25-kilometer stretch of road from the remote village of Metlakatla and a proposed ferry terminal in Annette Bay. This will provide the community of 2,000 with access to Ketchikan, the nearest large city. Currently, there is only one ferry a week that can take residents across the bay.

The Missouri Army National Guard also began full implementation of the Military Funeral Honors Program in FY99. With over 500,000 veterans in Missouri and approximately 13,000 passing on each year, the Guard saw the importance of helping to provide every Missouri veteran with the honor they deserve.










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