The Pennsylvania National Guard (PNG) was founded when Benjamin Franklin formed the Associators in Philadelphia in 1747. The PNG is comprised of both the PA Air National Guard and PA Army National Guard. Ft. Indiantown Gap in Annville, PA serves as Joint Force Headquarters.

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.

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.

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.

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Pennsylvania National Guard
November 2009