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Georgia Defense Force Junior Sergeant Paata Sabiashvili, front left, an infantryman representing the 1st Infantry Brigade; Georgia Defense Force Corporal-Specialist Irakli Nozadze, front right, a cannon crewmember representing the 5th Artillery Brigade; 1st Sgt. Sergo Kandelaki, back left, executive assistant to the Georgia Defense Force Command Sergeant Major, Georgia Defense Force General Staff; and Staff Sgt. Michael Tenoshcok, back right, Joint Operation Center noncommissioned officer, Joint Force Headquarters, Georgia National Guard; pose for a photo during the 2024 Georgia Army National Guard State Best Warrior Competition at the Catoosa Volunteer Training Site, Ringgold, Georgia, March 12, 2024.

Georgian Defense Force Joins Georgia Best Warrio...

Mar. 14, 2024

RINGGOLD, Ga. - The annual Georgia Army National Guard State Best Warrior Competition offered a twist this...
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An LC-130 Hercules assigned to the New York Air National Guard’s 109th Airlift Wing sits on the ice runway in Antarctica, McMurdo Station, Nov. 11, 2023. From October 2023 to March 2024, 366 Airmen assigned to the wing transported 2.2 million pounds of cargo, 1,500 passengers and 68,000 gallons of fuel in support of National Science Foundation Antarctic research.

109th Airlift Wing Wraps up Antarctic Science Su...

Mar. 13, 2024

STRATTON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, N.Y. - The New York Air National Guard’s 109th Airlift Wing concluded its...
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Soldiers of the New York Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry Regiment, lead the St. Patrick's Day parade in New York March 17, 2022. On March 16, 2024, the battalion will lead the parade for the 173rd time.

NY National Guard to Lead Largest St. Patrick’s ...

Mar. 13, 2024

NEW YORK - The Soldiers of the New York Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry Regiment, will...
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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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