The Indiana National Guard is a joint-force organization with 65 Army National Guard installations around the state, and facilities at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center and Muscatatuck Urban Training Center. Additionally, there are two Air Wings, the 181st Intelligence Wing based in Terre Haute, and the 122nd Fighter Wing based in Fort Wayne.
As of July 2016, the combined force numbers are approximately 13,500. The headquarters is located at Stout Field on the west side of Indianapolis. The sitting Adjutant General is Maj. Gen. Courtney P. Carr, who was appointed to the position on May 30, 2015.
Federal Mission: The Indiana Army and Air National Guard are reserve components of the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force. During times of national emergency, National Guard members may be called into active federal service by the President of the United States.
State Mission: During peace times, the National Guard is commanded by the governor. In it’s “state” role, the National Guard assists local law enforcement agencies during emergencies at the direction of the governor. The distribution of soldiers, equipment and facilities across the state allows the National Guard to respond quickly and efficiently to emergencies statewide.
The National Guard’s dual federal-state mission is unique to the U.S. military and sets the National Guard apart from any other reserve component.