National Guard News
U.S. Army Spc. Jeremy Shockey, left, an intelligence analyst assigned to Headquarters Sustainment Company, 55th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, Pennsylvania Army National Guard, applies hemorrhage control to a simulated casualty using a tourniquet during a combat lifesaver course at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa. June 17, 2024. Spc. Addison Straub, a combat medic specialist also assigned to HSC, instructs Shockey through the process.

Pennsylvania Army Guardsmen Complete Combat Life...

Jun. 18, 2024

FORT INDIANTOWN GAP, Pa. - Seventeen U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the 55th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade,...
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Indiana National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Cole Skillman, a 38th Infantry Division battle noncommissioned officer, answers a phone call during the division's Warfighter Exercise 24-4 at Camp Atterbury near Edinburgh, Indiana, June 15, 2024. Warfighter exercises evaluate Soldier proficiencies as they respond, communicate and develop plans and actions to virtual battlefield scenarios.

38th Infantry Division Soldiers Conduct Warfight...

Jun. 18, 2024

EDINBURGH, Ind. - Approximately 600 National Guard Soldiers with the 38th Infantry Division trained in...
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U.S. Airmen with the 141st Air Control Squadron, Puerto Rico National Guard, pose for a photo during Exercise Red Flag-Alaska 2024 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, April 18 to May 3, 2024. Airmen trained in air operations interoperability among joint partnerships, focusing on suppression of enemy air defenses and offensive and defensive counterair operations.

Puerto Rico Air National Guard Trains at Red Fla...

Jun. 18, 2024

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska - U.S. Airmen assigned to the 141st Air Control Squadron, Puerto Rico Air...
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First Army

First Army is the oldest and longest-established field army of the United States Army. It served as a theater army, having seen service in both World War I and World War II, and supplied the US Army with Soldiers and equipment during the Korean War and the Vietnam war under some of the most famous and distinguished officers of the U.S. Army. It now serves as a mobilization, readiness and training command. First Army partners with the Army National Guard and the US Army reserve, to enable Reserve Component formations to achieve HQDA directed readiness goals and deliver trained and ready RC units.

VISION: The finest warfighting advisors delivering a lethal Total Force ready for combat.

MISSION: First Army partners with the Army National Guard and Army Reserve to enable leaders and deliver trained and ready units for Combatant Commands. On order, executes large scale mobilization and [re]constitution to build America's Army for combat! 


The United States First Army Headquarters is located at Rock Island Arsenal, IL.  Arsenal Island is a 946-acre island in the Mississippi River that is centrally located within the Illinois and Iowa bi-state metropolitan area known as the Quad Cities.  The Quad Cities consists of Davenport, IA; Bettendorf, IA; Rock Island, IL; Moline and East Moline, IL.

Division East is at Fort Knox, KY, and Division West at Fort Hood, TX, with ten geographically dispersed brigades throughout the United States.

First Army has operational control of the 85th Army Reserve Support Command, headquartered at Arlington Heights, IL. 

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