The West Virginia National Guard
The West Virginia National Guard provides trained, equipped and ready forces capable of mobilizing and deploying in support of federal and state missions. When required, West Virginia National Guard forces conduct missions authorized by the National Command Authority and/or the Governor. Since 9/11, the WV National Guard has deployed over 12,000 Soldiers and Airmen in support of overseas global missions. Domestic deployments have included Hurricane Katrina, where we deployed 984 Soldiers and Airmen to help the Gulf Coast residents. The WV National Guard responded more than 60 times in the past 10 years for FEMA-declared state emergencies including the devastating 2012 derecho storm and Superstorm Sandy. JOINT BASE WEST VIRGINIA The vision of Joint Base West Virginia is to create opportunities for men and women to live and raise their families in West Virginia while serving the National Mission.
This is accomplished by
• By delivering capable and ready warfighting assets • By executing cost effective and timely solutions to identified National Defense and Homeland Security gaps and needs • By leveraging West Virginia capability and ingenuity through a network of government, (joint, interagency, intergovernmental) and civilian assets • As our guiding principles we strive for “citizen Soldiers and Airmen at their best,” treat each other like family, and manage challenges and turn them into opportunities.
Adding Value to the Community
Thanks to the support of WV legislators, all WV National Guard members are eligible for tuition payment for an undergraduate degree at any state college or university. WV Army National Guard members are also eligible for tuition reimbursement for a graduate degree based on Federal funding. Currently, 27 percent of WV Army National Guard and 29 percent of Air National Guard members have an undergraduate degree. Also, more than 43 percent of WV Guard members either have or are working on a degree.
Interesting Facts & Statistics
National Guard Statistics
Air National Guard
- 35 percent of USAF capabilities at 6 percent of the budget
- Reserve component retirement costs are 10 percent of active duty
- Reserve component pay averages 25 percent of an active duty member
- In the past year, 18,366 Air Guardsmen have deployed to 62 countries and every continent
- More than 30 percent of all deployed Air Force aircraft needs filled by ANG units
Army National Guard
- Only 11.5 percent of the Army’s total base budget
- Only 12.5 percent of the Army’s personnel budget
- Average cost of ARNG Soldier is $45,000 compared to $146,000 of active duty Soldier
- 96 percent of emergencies are handled by law enforcement or the Army National Guard
WV Army National Guard
The WVARNG has a proud history of service to both state and country. One unit, the 201st Field Artillery, is recognized as the oldest unit in the U.S. Army with continuous active service since the 17th of February, 1735. The unit is also recognized as the only remaining active unit of the original militia companies that formed the Continental Army in 1775.
Today, the WVARNG is comprised of 4,080 Soldiers and a full-time staff of nearly 800 military and civilian employees. They are located in 53 different units in communities around the state.
Since 9/11, units of the West Virginia Army National Guard have deployed multiple times to Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa, Kosovo and other hot spots around the world. When back in the states they have been heavily involved in disaster relief to the citizens of West Virginia.
The WVANG was formed in 1947 and has two Airlift Wings which are located in Martinsburg and Charleston. The Wings have flown a variety of aircraft over the years and participated in operations that span the globe. Together, they have 2,385 Airmen supporting Federal, state and local missions.
167th Airlift Wing, Martinsburg, WV
The 167th Airlift Wing provides strategic military airlift around the United States and overseas using the C-5 Galaxy. The unit has deployed multiple times in support of federal contingencies. The 167th is projected to transition to the C-17 Globemaster in 2015 and retire their current fleet of C-5s.
- More than 40 years of airlift experience
- 110 percent average strength since entry into Strategic Airlift
- Three fully enclosed, modern C-5 hangars and state-of-the-art maintenance complex
130th Airlift Wing, Charleston, WV
The 130th Airlift Wing provides tactical airlift of troops and supplies around the United States and in overseas operations. Over the last 11 years, the 130th AW has flown numerous tactical missions delivering troops and supplies across Iraq and Afghanistan.
- Strong safety culture with more than 183,000 mishap free flying hours over the past 48 years
- Unique Aeromedical mission
- Since 9/11 has deployed to 56 locations outside the United States