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Description of Program
The Pennsylvania National Guard is composed of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard and the Pennsylvania Air National Guard. It is one of the largest National Guards in the nation. It has the largest Army National Guard of all the states and the fourth largest Air National Guard. These forces are respective components of the United States Army and Air Force. The state air and ground national guard forces are governed through the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, headquartered at Fort Indiantown Gap.
The Guard has a unique dual mission, with both federal and state responsibilities. During peacetime, Guard forces are commanded by the governor through a State Adjutant General. The governor can call the Guard into action during local or state-wide emergencies such as storms, drought, and civil disturbances. In addition, the President of the United States can activate the National Guard to participate in federal missions. Examples of this are the many Guard units deploying to participate in operations all over the world to include: Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Egypt, Germany, Kosovo, etc.
PA National Guard (federal) offices and program include:
Counterdrug Joint Task Force (Includes Northeast Counterdrug Training Center),
DEERS / RAPIDS ID Office,
Military Family Relief Assistance Program (MFRAP),