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  • Rhode Island Army National Guard
    The Rhode Island Army National Guard traces its history from the first colonial defensive force established in the town of Portsmouth, Rhode Island in 1638. This group of citizen soldiers consisted of two sergeants, two corporals, and on clerk. From this humble beginning the States military grew, providing forces in many conflicts during the pre-revolutionary period, the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Civil War, the Spanish American War, the Mexican Border, World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Stabilization Forces (SFOR) in the Balkans and most recently the War on Terrorism. Today, the Rhode Island Army National Guard consists of a force of over 2,000 dedicated men and women, who are prepared to serve our State or Nation in a variety of military specialties. Rhode Island has citizen soldiers qualified in military occupational specialties which include Artillery, Infantry, Signal, Engineer, Aviation, and Military Police.
  • Rhode Island Air National Guard
    Mission The Air National Guard has both a federal and state mission. The dual mission, a provision of the U. S. Constitution, results in each guardsman holding membership in the National Guard of his or her state and in the National Guard of the United States. Federal Mission The Air National Guard's federal mission is to maintain well-trained, well-equipped units available for prompt mobilization during war and provide assistance during national emergencies (such as natural disasters or civil disturbances). During peacetime, the combat-ready units and support units are assigned to most Air Force major commands to carry out missions compatible with training, mobilization readiness, humanitarian and contingency operations such as Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Air National Guard units may be activated in a number of ways as prescribed by public law. Most of the laws may be found in Title 10 of the U.S. Code. State Mission When Air National Guard units are not mobilized or under federal control, they report to the governor of their respective state, territory (Puerto Rico, Guam, Virgin Islands) or the commanding general of the District of Columbia National Guard. Each of the 54 National Guard organizations is supervised by the adjutant general of the state or territory. Under state law, the Air National Guard provides protection of life, property and preserves peace, order and public safety. These missions are accomplished through emergency relief support during natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes and forest fires; search and rescue operations; support to civil defense authorities; maintenance of vital public services and counterdrug operations.
MISSION The Rhode Island National Guard (RING) has both a federal mission and state mission. The RING’s federal mission is to maintain manned, equipped and trained operational forces that are prepared to respond to any contingency in support of the President’s National Security Plan. The RING is an operational force provider for the full-spectrum of contingencies to include nation-building, peacekeeping, humanitarian, natural disaster, national emergency, limited conflicts, and full-scale war. The state mission of the RING is to provide manned, equipped and trained units and personnel that are prepared to respond to state and local authorities as directed by the Governor to assist in maintaining peace, order and public safety during crisis situations to include natural or man-made disasters, high-profile events and state emergency defense operations. The Adjutant General, Major General Christopher P. Callahan, in his dual capacity as the Commanding General of the Rhode Island National Guard and the Adjutant General of the State of Rhode Island, has command and control of all assigned forces to include all units of the RI Army National Guard, RI Air National Guard, and the State Militia. ORGANIZATION The RING is composed of a Joint Force Headquarters and both a land component – Army National Guard – and an air component – Air National Guard. The combined authorized strength of these two components is 3,326 personnel. JOINT FORCE HEADQUARTERS The Joint Force Headquarters (JFHQ-RI) exercises command and control of all assigned, attached or operationally aligned forces within the geographical boundaries of the state. JFHQ-RI is organized and manned to respond to the challenges presented in the post 9/11 environment to include the ability to coordinate an effective and timely response to Homeland Defense, Defense Support to Civil Authorities, and other domestic emergency missions. All units of the RI Air and Army National Guard are available for emergency response. Additionally, National Guard assets from other states or Title 10 (Active) forces may be deployed and fall under the command and control of JFHQ-RI with concurrence of their Governor or President, respectively. A Joint Staff consisting of a Chief of Staff and eight directors assist the Commander, JFHQ-RI with mission execution. JOINT PROGRAMS The JFHQ-RI is also tasked with the execution of several programs designed to service our veterans, retirees, family members, civilian partners, Soldiers, and Airmen.
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  • Rhode Island Army National Guard
    The Rhode Island Army National Guard traces its history from the first colonial defensive force established in the town of Portsmouth, Rhode Island in 1638. This group of citizen soldiers consisted of two sergeants, two corporals, and on clerk. From this humble beginning the States military grew, providing forces in many conflicts during the pre-revolutionary period, the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Civil War, the Spanish American War, the Mexican Border, World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Stabilization Forces (SFOR) in the Balkans and most recently the War on Terrorism. Today, the Rhode Island Army National Guard consists of a force of over 2,000 dedicated men and women, who are prepared to serve our State or Nation in a variety of military specialties. Rhode Island has citizen soldiers qualified in military occupational specialties which include Artillery, Infantry, Signal, Engineer, Aviation, and Military Police.
  • Rhode Island Air National Guard
    Mission The Air National Guard has both a federal and state mission. The dual mission, a provision of the U. S. Constitution, results in each guardsman holding membership in the National Guard of his or her state and in the National Guard of the United States. Federal Mission The Air National Guard's federal mission is to maintain well-trained, well-equipped units available for prompt mobilization during war and provide assistance during national emergencies (such as natural disasters or civil disturbances). During peacetime, the combat-ready units and support units are assigned to most Air Force major commands to carry out missions compatible with training, mobilization readiness, humanitarian and contingency operations such as Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Air National Guard units may be activated in a number of ways as prescribed by public law. Most of the laws may be found in Title 10 of the U.S. Code. State Mission When Air National Guard units are not mobilized or under federal control, they report to the governor of their respective state, territory (Puerto Rico, Guam, Virgin Islands) or the commanding general of the District of Columbia National Guard. Each of the 54 National Guard organizations is supervised by the adjutant general of the state or territory. Under state law, the Air National Guard provides protection of life, property and preserves peace, order and public safety. These missions are accomplished through emergency relief support during natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes and forest fires; search and rescue operations; support to civil defense authorities; maintenance of vital public services and counterdrug operations.
MISSION The Rhode Island National Guard (RING) has both a federal mission and state mission. The RING’s federal mission is to maintain manned, equipped and trained operational forces that are prepared to respond to any contingency in support of the President’s National Security Plan. The RING is an operational force provider for the full-spectrum of contingencies to include nation-building, peacekeeping, humanitarian, natural disaster, national emergency, limited conflicts, and full-scale war. The state mission of the RING is to provide manned, equipped and trained units and personnel that are prepared to respond to state and local authorities as directed by the Governor to assist in maintaining peace, order and public safety during crisis situations to include natural or man-made disasters, high-profile events and state emergency defense operations. The Adjutant General, Major General Christopher P. Callahan, in his dual capacity as the Commanding General of the Rhode Island National Guard and the Adjutant General of the State of Rhode Island, has command and control of all assigned forces to include all units of the RI Army National Guard, RI Air National Guard, and the State Militia. ORGANIZATION The RING is composed of a Joint Force Headquarters and both a land component – Army National Guard – and an air component – Air National Guard. The combined authorized strength of these two components is 3,326 personnel. JOINT FORCE HEADQUARTERS The Joint Force Headquarters (JFHQ-RI) exercises command and control of all assigned, attached or operationally aligned forces within the geographical boundaries of the state. JFHQ-RI is organized and manned to respond to the challenges presented in the post 9/11 environment to include the ability to coordinate an effective and timely response to Homeland Defense, Defense Support to Civil Authorities, and other domestic emergency missions. All units of the RI Air and Army National Guard are available for emergency response. Additionally, National Guard assets from other states or Title 10 (Active) forces may be deployed and fall under the command and control of JFHQ-RI with concurrence of their Governor or President, respectively. A Joint Staff consisting of a Chief of Staff and eight directors assist the Commander, JFHQ-RI with mission execution. JOINT PROGRAMS The JFHQ-RI is also tasked with the execution of several programs designed to service our veterans, retirees, family members, civilian partners, Soldiers, and Airmen.