The D.C. National Guard, is one of the few National Guard organizations that have an ever-constant global and national presence.  At any given time, the D.C. National Guard can have personnel, weapons systems and equipment supporting both federal and state missions simultaneously, locally and globally.  The general overall mission of the D.C. National Guard is to provide mission-ready personnel and units for active duty in the armed services in the time of war or national emergency.

The combined Army and Air strength of the D.C. Nation Guard can average 2,700; including full-time and traditional personnel.  The D.C. National Guard operates not only from the D.C. National Guard Armory but also from facilities located at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, D.C., Joint Base Andrews, Md., Ft. Belvoir, Va., and Davidson Army Airfield, VA 

The D.C. National Guard is federally funded and responsible for providing trained personnel and mission-ready equipment primarily to employ air combat, air mobility, air ambulance, Weapons of Mass Destruction civil support, military police, transportation and vehicle maintenance capabilities in support of the nation's defense and interests.

Supporting organizations within the D.C. National Guard, associated with these primary mission capabilities can also be mobilized, either as teams, groups or individually in combination with, or separate from, D.C. National Guard assets to provide support to a combatant commander.  Additionally, at the request of the Mayor of the District of Columbia and at the approval of the Secretary of the Army, the D.C. National Guard forms the Joint Task Force to support both federal and local law enforcement, emergency response and emergency management agencies during National Significant Security Events, (NSSE) other special events or in preparation for, during or after natural/weather emergencies.

Of note, the D.C. National Guard has consistently supported presidential inaugurations beginning with the 1860 Inauguration of President Abraham Lincoln.  This includes the 56th Inauguration of President Barack Obama which drew the largest audience of any event ever held in Washington, D.C.  The D.C. National Guard's role has evolved to currently include providing crowd control, security control, traffic control, civil support and ceremonial marching elements for the event.  The D.C. National Guard's support of the inauguration has also incorporated the assistance of both Army and Air National Guard units from across the states and territories, with the D.C. National Guard as the lead unit.  This was evident during the 57th Inauguration which included the support of 5000 National Guard personnel from 21 states.  Additionally, the D.C. Guard provides stand-by support for State of the Union Addresses and other events for the executive, legislative and judicial government branches. 



The D.C. National Guard Counterdrug Program conducts a full-spectrum campaign that bridges the gap between Department of Defense and Non-DoD institutions in the fight against illicit drugs and transnational threats to the Homeland.

The program centers around three pillars:  1. To Assist community-based organizations to better educate the community.  2.  To assist in criminal intelligence gathering and information sharing.  3.  To Disrupt the drug market by supporting arrest operations.

The counterdrug program accomplishes this by conducting aerial reconnaissance, providing support to various District and federal law enforcement agencies and providing enhanced criminal analyst and linguist support to law enforcement agencies.  The program also assist the unit in its monthly personnel drug testing program.  Annually, the program has assist law enforcement agencies in the seizure of drug assets valued at over $10 million.

The 33rd Civil Support Team is one of 57, on-call, federally-funded, state-level, National Guard units designed to augment local and regional terrorism response capabilities in events known or suspected to involve Weapons of Mass Destruction.  The 33rd CST is a part of a 10-state response sector which includes a 6-state Federal Emergency Management Agency region and 3-state National Capital Region response sector.  

The CSTs have the capability to deploy within hours to an affected area of operations.  On site, the CST's role is to 1.  Identify a WMD agent/substance.  2.  Assess consequences of a suspected CBRN event in support of a local Incident Commander.  3.  Advise civilian responders regarding appropriate response actions.  4.  Assist requests for assistance to expedite arrival of additional state and federal assets to help save lives, prevent human suffering, and mitigate great property damage.

The 113th Aerospace Control Alert Detachment is incorporated from the 113th Wing's 113th Operations and Maintenance Groups at Joint Base Andrews, Md.  The detachment, maintains the ability to quickly scramble aircraft in response to airborne threats in the National Capital Region, and during identified large gatherings and high profile events.

Immediately after September 11, 2001, the 113th Wing was one of the fighter units designated for the Air National Guard-specific NORAD mission in support of Operation Noble Eagle.  Dedicated aircrew, maintainers and controllers conduct 24/7 alert operations in coordination with active duty and federal organization to provide mission coverage over the nation's most active air space.  The 113th ACAD is the busiest unit of its kind with more than 5000 recorded alert responses.

The District of Columbia Army National Guard's Aviation entities consist of an Army Aviation Support Facility (AASF), Detachment 1 Company A 1-224th Aviation (Security & Support), Company D 1-224th Aviation (Air Ambulance), Detachment 1 Company C 1-226th Aviation (Air Ambulance) and Detachment 4 OSACOM that supports "real world" operations while continuing to provide training support to units and civilian agencies within the National Capitol Region. 

The AASF provides VIP transportation to the DCARNG Commanding General, Federal Emergency Management Agency, National Guard Bureau Joint Staff and DoD personnel.

The AASF provided a standby medevac crew in support of the Fort Belvoir Community Hospital and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, which maintains the continuation training for DCARNG flight crews.  The AASF is prepared to launch a medevac crew within 15 minutes of receiving an emergency call.



The District of Columbia is in the center of the National Capital Region:  a metropolitan area that incorporates surrounding cities, towns, suburbs and neighborhoods in the surrounding states of Maryland and Virginia.  As such, D.C. Guard personnel live and work both within and outside the NCR.  However, the focus of local, civil and community engagement is within the District of Columbia.

Throughout the year, the D.C. National Guard Family Readiness program and/or professional military organizations, volunteer to support community and military family initiatives.  Of note, personnel volunteers do host an annual car show, golf tournaments and military ball. 

The 257th Army Band, "The Band of the Nation's Capital" has provided musical support for an Inaugural Ball for President Barack Obama, the burial of the Unknown Solider in 1921, the state funeral of Presidents Harding and Kennedy and overseas deployments to Greece and Panama. The band has also given performances at The Great American Brass Band Festival and other concerts in the NCR and across the nation.

The Capital Guardian Youth ChalleNGe Academy is a community-based organization that targets the at-risk youth of the District of Columbia in the efforts of helping them obtain their high school diploma or GED, and assisting them in becoming productive citizens.  Cadets are enrolled in a 17.5-month program which consists of a 22-week residential phase at the academy's Laurel, Md., campus, and a 1-year, post residential, skills-building, mentor phase.  The program began in 1993 and has saved and changed the lives of more than 600 teens; many of them joining the civilian workforce, pursuing advanced education and military careers.

The D.C. National Guard also sponsors the About Face program which is an after-school and summer outreach program for local youth that provides classes on life skills including personal finances, employment training and meal planning.  Additionally, the Youth Leaders Camp is hosted annually--for more than 40 years--and provides local teens with a sense of leadership. sportsmanship and responsibility.


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