Quick Reference Guide - March 2018

Produce for the Nation and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts the best organized, trained and equipped Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen in the U.S. military. Ensure our Soldiers and Airmen are ready, reliable and relevant - prepared to meet and support National Security directives and objectives; and to provide domestic response capabilities, wherever and whenever needed to defend the nation, protect life and property, preserve peace, order and public safety.

To be recognized nationally and locally; and to be established as the nation’s first and premier leader in providing first class unified land, air and cyber operations at home and abroad and as the best value for America while remaining respectful of our militia heritage.


Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, Personal courage


Integrity First, Service before Self, Excellence in All We Do


Integrity and Ethics, Excellence and Teamwork, Problem Solving

Massachusetts Army Guard    6,225

Massachusetts Air Guard        2,127

The Guard maintains a presence in every region of the Commonwealth with 45 sites in 38 communities.

Since nearly 80% of our Soldiers and Airmen in the Massachusetts National Guard are traditional part-time members, the cost to the federal government of maintaining this force is a fraction of maintaining an active-duty force of similar size.

For the past 381 years, Massachusetts National Guard members have served in every major armed conflict, and have responded to emergencies here at home, including the Blizzard of ‘78, the airport security missions of 2001 and 2006 and the 2004 Democratic National Convention. Massachusetts Guard members have also helped our neighbors in other states during Hurricane Katrina relief efforts in 2005, the Southwest Border Security mission and most recently at home during the Springfield Tornado Relief and Hurricane Irene Response in 2011. Guard members have also recently completed international training missions to Paraguay, as part of the State Partnership Program, and Regional Cooperation Training in Tajikistan. Out of the approximately 8,500 Soldiers and Airmen of the Massachusetts National Guard, roughly 80% are here in the state, ready and able to respond to missions at home or abroad.

Currently Federally Mobilized

Army Guard 230
Air Guard 155
Total 385

Federal Mobilizations since Sept. 11, 2001 - Title 10


Army Guard 9,732
Air Guard 10,808
Total 20,540

Deployment by Country

Afghanistan 258
Others 163
State Mobilizations FY10:134
Currently on State Active Duty: 0

Average of MANG recruits per month, by Fiscal Year:

FY2006 was the best recruiting year for the Mass. Army National Guard since FY2002. FY2008 was the best recruiting year for the Mass. Air National Guard in the past 10 years.

The Recruiting and Retention Command achieved both its accession mission and National Guard Bureau end strength objective for FY-09 under the most restrictive recruiting conditions in over 20 years. Incentives to join were removed, budgets were cut 60% and reduction in personnel generated an extreme dynamic and set the condition for the next three years as the Mass. Army National Guard is projected to grow 7.4%. Command emphasis on strength maintenance at all levels will ensure continued growth and success to our units, the Commonwealth, and the Nation.

The top reasons new recruits give for joining the Massachusetts National Guard:

  1. Patriotism
  2. Educational Benefits
  3. Acquire Transferable Job Skills


The Welcome Home Bill expanded benefits available to Guard members, including free tuition and fees at state colleges and universities. Prior to passage of the bill, tuition was waived, but Guard students were still expected to pay fees, which were often a major part of the cost of attending a state college or university.


Charlie Baker

Governor of Massachusetts

Major General
Gary Keefe

The Adjutant General

Senior Enlisted Leader
Greg Widberg

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