The commander of the 19,000-member Pennsylvania National Guard is the adjutant general. The adjutant general is responsible for a joint military force – comprised of Air Force and Army units – that reaches from Joint Headquarters located at Fort Indiantown Gap, Lebanon County, to some 90 communities across the commonwealth.
In time of war or national emergency, or in support of any military operation worldwide, the president can mobilize units of the Pennsylvania National Guard into active federal service. Pennsylvania units have taken part in every conflict America has faced, from the Revolutionary War through Iraqi Freedom, as well as ongoing peacekeeping missions in Kosovo, Bosnia and elsewhere. Since September 11, 2001, the Pennsylvania National Guard has seen over 35,000 deployments in support of the Global War on Terror.
In peacetime, the governor serves as commander in chief of the Pennsylvania National Guard, exercising control through the adjutant general. In the event of natural disaster or civil emergency, the governor can order Guard personnel and equipment into service to assist state and local authorities. For example, in September 2005, in the wake of the Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, 2,500 of our Soldiers and Airmen were deployed to the Gulf Coast within a few days of the storms to provide communications, humanitarian assistance and force protection.
Even when no emergency threatens, the PA National Guard offers broad support to the civilian community. The Counterdrug Program, for example, provides trained people and specialized equipment to assist state and local law enforcement agencies in the fight against illegal drugs.
And, all across the state, Guard members serve as role models as well as community volunteers and civic leaders – living examples of citizenship at its best.
- The PA National Guard is one of the top ten employers in the commonwealth. About 3,000 of our members serve full-time; the remaining 16,000 are “traditional” Guard members who train on a part-time basis while pursuing a civilian education or career.
- The PA National Guard is one of the largest National Guards in the nation.
- With armories and air bases in some 90 communities – our presence blankets the commonwealth.
PA National Guard Joint Force Headquarters
Bldg S-0-47, Fort Indiantown Gap
Annville, PA 17003
Phone: (717) 861-8500
Fax: (717) 861-8314