Nevada National Guard
The Nevada National Guard is one of the 54 members (50 states, three territories and the District of Columbia) of the United States National Guard, part of the United States reserve forces, made up of units of the Nevada Army National Guard and the Nevada Air National Guard. The Nevada Office of the Military provides military organization for the Nevada National Guard, which consists of both the state’s Army Guard and Air Guard. It is the organized military force of the state, except when ordered into federal service.
Under the National Defense Act of 1947, the Army and Air National Guard are reserve components of the United States Army and Air Force. The state’s Guard may also be ordered by the governor to serve the state by protecting persons or property from either man-made or natural disasters and suppressing or preventing riot, insurrection, invasion or violence.
Traditional guardsmen in the Nevada National Guard train one weekend per month and 15 days a year in their respective military career fields. Nevada’s traditional guardsmen are supported by 474 full-time federal technicians, state employees and 314 Active Guard and Reserve personnel stationed at various locations around the state.
The governor is the commander-in-chief of the Nevada National Guard and appoints the adjutant general. The current adjutant general (as of September 2019) is Brigadier General Ondra Berry.
Under the direction of the governor, the adjutant general is responsible for the supervision of all matters pertaining to the administration, discipline, mobilization, organization and training of the Nevada National Guard.
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On Sept. 30, 2006, the Nevada National Guard had 2,474 soldiers and 1,125 airmen totaling 3,599 members. That figure shows an increase of 533 members since Sept. 30, 2004, and marks an all-time high for total Nevada Guard soldiers and airmen.
The 17 percent increase in personnel during the past two years reflects Nevada as one of the fastest-growing of the Guard states and territories.[when?] In terms of total National Guard members, Nevada now ranks 45th among the states and territories, up from 47th in 2004. States with comparable numbers of personnel include: Montana (3,518), Alaska (3,732) and Vermont (3,628). Nevada Guard staff reports at the conclusion of the fiscal year revealed that the Nevada Army Guard stood at 108 percent of its federally authorized manning (2,292 soldiers).
At the conclusion of fiscal year 2006, about 250 Nevada soldiers and airmen remained deployed in southwest Asia. The majority of these were soldiers in the 593d Transportation Company and the 1st Squadron, 221st Cavalry Regiment. The soldiers currently deployed with 1-221st Cavalry are all volunteers who are assisting the Wisconsin Army Guard’s 1st Battalion, 121st Field Artillery Regiment on security mission in Iraq.
Army National Guard Units
Nevada’s Army Guard is composed of six major commands:
- Joint Force Headquarters
- 17th Sustainment Brigade
- 991st Multi-Functional Brigade
- Task Force Aviation (Army Aviation Battalion)
- 422d Expeditionary Signal Battalion
- 421st Regional Training Institute
- Nevada Medical Detachment
- 1st Squadron, 221st Cavalry Regiment
- The 92nd Civil Support Team for Weapons of mass destruction, a joint force unit of 22 soldiers and airmen headquartered in Las Vegas, began operation in late 2004 and is an important resource and asset to the state should a domestic chemical, biological or nuclear event occur.
- 3665th Ordnance Company (Explosive Ordnance Disposal)
- Company C, 1st Battalion (General Support), 168th Aviation Regiment "Wolf Pack"
- Company B, 1st Battalion, 189th Aviation Regiment "Mustangs"
Air National Guard
- 152nd Airlift Wing "High Rollers"
- "Brig. Gen. Ondra Berry Takes Command of Nevada National Guard". This is Reno. 7 September 2019. Retrieved 17 September 2019.
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- "17th Sustainment Brigade". NV ARNG. December 22, 2016.
- "991st Multi-Functional Brigade". NV ARNG. December 22, 2016.