Arizona Army National Guard
The Arizona Army National Guard maintains 45 armories, and is present in 22 communities. The major units of the Arizona Army National Guard are:
- State Area Command
- 98th Troop Command
- 385th Aviation Regiment
- 153rd Field Artillery Brigade
The Department manages 19,909.76 acres of state land and 39,245.36 acres of federal land. There are 12 training sites throughout the state for use by the Air and Army National Guard. The largest of these sites is Camp Navajo, near Flagstaff, with the Florence Military Reservation being the second largest. Some other sites include the Buckeye Preserve, Saguaro Lake area and Rittenhouse Training area.
The majority of the Arizona Army National Guard units complete their Annual Training at locations within Arizona, notably Camp Navajo or Ft. Huachuca, though several units participate in training elsewhere within the U.S. and some overseas locations.
The Arizona Army National Guard is comprised of nearly 4,000 men and women who are dedicated to protecting and defending the interests of our communities, our state and our nation. During FY99, the AZARNG pursued continuous quality improvement and was recognized in the Army Community of Excellence Program.
The AZARNG served in every major conflict and deployed to worldwide contingency operations in FY99. Both the Tucson-based 852nd Rear Area Operations Center and the Phoenix-based 416th Air Traffic Service Company deployed to the Balkan region in response to ongoing operations. The 416th was deployed to Bosnia and the 852nd deployed to Macedonia.
When severe weather struck Arizona, the Guard responded immediately with personnel and equipment to take food and medical supplies to flood victims and snowbound citizens and conduct welfare checks by helicopter and HUMMV. The AZARNG provided assistance to the storm-ravaged countries of Central America after Hurricane Mitch by transporting local donations and deploying personnel to the region. Our public affairs detachment deployed to El Salvador, our medical company assisted in the Dominican Republic, our engineers deployed to Honduras and members of our combat support aviation battalion assisted in Honduras and Nicaragua.
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