Guard Guide 101

Guard Guide 101

Military life can be draining, especially when you don’t live near other military families. Guard your family by being prepared for whatever this life throws your way!

Guard Guide 101 is dedicated to providing resources and information for National Guard and Reserve families.

Events

The only event out there for National Guard, Reserve, and spouses not near a military installation!

We recognize that the daily life of a National Guard and Reserve spouse looks a little different than the active counterpart. The close-knit on-post community doesn’t always translate into the daily life of those that are geographically dispersed. This event is designed to take you through an interactive experience built with the Reserve component spouse in mind. You will have the chance to:

  •   Find impactful support
  •   Share coping tips and skills
  •   Create a support network of like-minded friends with similar experiences and challenges

Find an event near you and register for free. Don’t see an upcoming event near you? Reach out to us at spousetalks@homefrontunited.com to request us to come to your area!

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Resources

After speaking with Guard and Reserve families, a numerous amount of research was compiled for this section. Families voiced their concerns about what information would be helpful. This section provides information on resources available to help Guard and Reserve families. If you know of a resource not on this list, please send it to info@homefrontunited.com.

5 Military Organizations That Actually Serve National Guard Families

New to the National Guard

The Role of the Army National GuardNGLowDown

The first thing you should know is that the National Guard answers to both state and Federal governments. This means that they can be called up by the governor of the state or by the President of the United States. They can be called to deploy overseas or to help their home state during a natural disaster or another type of emergency. Sometimes they get called in to help other states that need extra help.

Preparing yourself for any of these assignments is a good idea. Keeping the idea in mind will make it easier if it ever happens. You can’t exactly plan for this but you can be aware of the possibility.

Monthly Drills

Your service member will drill every month of the year. Sometimes they will have three weeks in between, other times a month, and even possibly six weeks between drills. They will receive a calendar ahead of time which is helpful, but the dates can also change. The calendar will allow you to plan ahead, but don’t forget that the dates could change. Some drills are just two days, some are three, and about twice a year they have only been one day on the weekend. You will see on the drill calendar either “Unit Training Assemblies” (UTA) or “Multiple Unit Training Assemblies” (MUTA).

A UTA is an evening drill or a half-day drill that lasts two to four hours. A MUTA refers to two or more UTAs that take place during one day or over the course of two or more days. No more than two training assemblies may be performed in one calendar day, meaning that a single-day MUTA will last a maximum of eight hours. Each time a National Guard member attends a UTA, he or she earns one retirement point. Thus, attending a MUTA that lasts one full day (eight hours) earns two retirement points. The National Guard offers a detailed explanation of the point and retirement system on its official website.

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They will also be paid based on a number of days they have for a drill for the month. So the pay will be different monthly. You can figure out the exact pay using the Pay Calculator.

Annual Training

 

When you think of the National Guard, you hear the “One weekend a month, two weeks a year” slogan. So what is the “two weeks a year” all about? This is when they go to their Annual Training and are gone for two weeks. The location varies by state unit and is normally out of state for two weeks of training.

Deployment and Family

Be Prepared, Make a Readiness Folder

Contact Information:

Gather together key contact information from your spouse, the base website or anyone else you can get it from.

1. Family Services ContactsLet Me Have A Look At The Reports” by stockimages

  • Family Programs local
  • Family Readiness Assistant
  • Youth Programs
  • Air Wing Family Programs Coordinator (or other branch Equivalent)

2. Support Services

  • Military OneSource Consultant
  • Transition Assistance Advisor
  • ESGR (Employer Support Guard/Reserve)
  • TriWest (for your area)
  • ID Cards/DEERS
  • Survivor Outreach Services
  • American Red Cross

3. Wellness Team

  • Director of Psychological Health
  • Military Family Life Consultant (adult/family & child/youth)
  • Chaplain
  • Personal Finance Counselor
  • Suicide Hotline (national (800) 273-TALK)

4. Yellow Ribbon Program contact info

5. Your local unit or operations group contacts

  • Group Commander
  • Squadron Commander
  • Operations Support Commander
  • Director of Operations
  • First Sergeant

6. Track down the list of FRG or Key Spouses, or maybe your s/o’s buddy’s spouse or significant other. Finding a connection with another spouse, girlfriend or family member connected to your spouse is important, even if it’s just one.

Pre-deployment Information Form

Find one of these and fill it out before a deployment. This will have important information for the unit,; like deployment location and time information, who your family is, who your children are, emergency contacts, information about you so that you can be located, and specific concerns about the deployment. It is important that you are kept in the loop during a deployment.

Important Dates

Include an important dates section in your folder – drill schedules, special events, or local events that might be helpful to those stationed near you, and for those that are not. They may want to make the trek closer if there will be special base events or holiday events (especially for families). There is also usually a unit BBQ. For the National Guard, many states have a State Military Ball where all branches affiliated with the Guard and Reserves in the area are usually invited.

What My Family Should Know:

This is a guide for all the things you should know, your family should know. It is also a great way to get the conversation going about topics no one wants to talk about. Let’s face it, who really wants to have a conversation about funeral arrangements before anyone is actually passed on. Talking about those things is important none the less. Here’s a link to a packet if your unit doesn’t have one.

Support Sites

Joint Services Support

Defense Centers of Excellence

DoD Reserve Affairs

National Guard Bureau Family Program

Army Reserve Family Programs

Army FRG

Air Force Crossroads

Air Force Casualty Services

Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Family Programs

National Center for PTSD, Returning from the War Zone: A Guide for Families of Military Members, 06

National Military Families Association

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Mental Health Resources

Defense Centers of Excellence

Health Care Information

TRICARE

TRICARE Service Centers

Employment Resources

www.H2h.jobs

www.employerpartnership.org

Organizations/Financial Resources

Air Compassion For Veterans
Air Warrior Courage Foundation (AWCF)
American Veterans With Brain Injuries
America’s VetDogs
Armed Forces Foundation (AFF)
Army Emergency Relief
Association of the United States Army – Family Programs
Azalea Charities, Inc
Back in the Saddle, Bit by Bit (BITS)
Blue Star Riders
Bob Woodruff Foundation
Bryan McDonough Military Heroes Foundation
Caring Bridge
Caring For Troops
Coalition To Salute America’s Heroes
Comfort for America’s Uniformed Services (CAUSE)
Disabled Sports, USA
Enable America/Vet Connect
Family and Friends For Freedom Fund, Inc
Fisher House Foundation
Folds of Honor
Freedom Alliance
Freedom Calls Foundation
Give An Hour
Grace After Fire
Helmets to Hardhats
Heroes To Hometowns
Hire Heroes USA
Hope For The Warriors
Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund
Lakeshore Foundation – Lima Foxtrot Programs
Marine Parents
Military Heroes Fund – Pentagon Federal Credit Union Foundation
Military Ministry
Military Order of the Purple Heart( MOPH)
Military Spouse Corporate Career Network (MSCCN)
National Military Family Association
National Veterans Foundation
Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society
Net Pet’s Military Pets Foster Program
Operation First Response
Operation Healthy Reunions
Operation Life Transformed
Operation Second Chance
Our Military Kids
Pilots for Christ International
Project Victory (part of The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research Foundation)
Rebuilding Together’s Veterans Housing
Reserve Aid
Road 2 Recovery
Salute Military Golf Association
Salute Our Services
Sew Much Comfort
Sock Monkey Ministries
Soldiers’ Angels
Still Serving Veterans
Strategic Outreach To Families of All Reservists (SOFAR)
Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund
The 4E Network (A NJ Nonprofit Corporation)
The Coming Home Project
The Soldier’s Project
The Thank You Foundation
US Troop Support Foundation
USA Cares
USO of Metropolitan Washington
Vacations For Veterans
Veteran’ Families United
Veteran Love and Appreciation Fund
Veteran’s Airlift Command
Veterans Outreach Center
Wounded EOD Warrior Foundation
Wounded Warrior Project
Yellow Ribbon Fund

Commissary Resources – Guard/Reserve Onsite Sales

The Guard/Reserve On-site Sales Program provides the commissary benefit to deserving Guard/Reserve members and their families that live in areas that are not close to an existing commissary store. These sales are not only for the Guard and Reserve…they’re for any authorized shopper. We bring the benefit directly to you at these sales which provide patrons savings of 30% or more; the same as active duty military and their families who shop the commissaries on a regular basis. Read More.

Find An Installation

COAST GUARD

For a list of Coast Guard bases, please visit this site.

NATIONAL GUARD

For a list by state of the National Guard and Air National Guard headquarters and commands, please visit this site.

ARMY

Alabama
ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT
FORT RUCKER
REDSTONE ARSENAL

Alaska
FORT GREELY
FORT RICHARDSON
FORT WAINWRIGHT

Arizona
FORT HUACHUCA
YUMA PROVING GROUND

Arkansas
PINE BLUFF ARSENAL

California
DLI FLC PRESIDIO-MONTEREY

Colorado
FORT CARSON

District of Columbia
FORT MCNAIR
WALTER REED ARMY MEDICAL CENTER

Florida
HQ SOUTH COMM

Georgia
FORT BENNING
FORT GORDON
FORT STEWART
HUNTER ARMY AIRFIELD

Hawaii
SCHOFIELD/SHAFTER

Illinois
ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL

Indiana
CAMP ATTERBURY

Kansas
FORT LEVENWORTH
FORT RILEY

Kentucky
FORT CAMPBELL
FORT KNOX
US ARMY RECRUITING COMMAND

Louisiana
FORT POLK

Maryland
ABERDEEN TEST CENTER
FORT DETRICK
FORT MEADE

Massachusetts
FORT DEVENS
NATICK SOLIDER SYSTEMS CENTER

Missouri
FORT LEONARD WOOD

New Jersey
FORT DIX
PICATINNY ARSENAL

New York
FORT DRUM
FORT HAMILTON
USMA WEST POINT
WATERVLIET ARSENAL

North Carolina
FORT BRAGG

Oklahoma
FORT SILL 
MCALESTER ARMY AMMUNITION PLANT

Pennsylvania
U.S. ARMY WAR COLLEGE
TOBYHANNA ARMY DEPOT
FORT INDIAN TOWN GAP

Puerto Rico
FORT BUCHANAN

South Carolina
FORT JACKSON

Texas
FORT BLISS
FORT HOOD
FORT SAM HOUSTON
RED RIVER ARMY DEPOT

Utah
DUGWAY PROVING GROUND
TOOELE ARMY DEPOT

Virginia
FORT BELVOIR
FORT EUSTIS
FORT LEE
JOINT BASE MYER-HENDERSON HALL
FORT STORY

Washington
JOINT BASE LEWIS MCCHORD

Wisconsin
FORT MCCOY

Belgium
NATO-BRUSSELS
SHAPE-CHIEVRES

Germany
ANSBACH
BAD KREUZNACH
BAMBERG
BAUMHOLDER
DARMSTADT
FRIEDBERG
GARMISCH
GIEBELSTADT
GRAFENWOEHR
HEIDELBERG
HOHENFELS
ILLESHEIM
KAISERSLAUTERN
MANNHEIM
SCHWEINFURT
STUTTGART
VILSECK
WIESBADEN/MAINZ

Italy
LIVORNO
VICENZA

Japan
CAMP ZAMA
TORII STATION

Korea
CAMP CASEY
CAMP HENRY
CAMP HUMPHREYS
CAMP YONGSAN

Netherlands
SCHINNEN

Puerto Rico
FORT BUCHANAN

AIR FORCE

Alabama
MAXWELL-GUNTER AIR FORCE BASE

Alaska
EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE
ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE

Arizona
DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE
LUKE AIR FORCE BASE

Arkansas
LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE

California
BEALE AIR FORCE BASE
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE
LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE
MARCH AIR FORCE BASE
TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE

Colorado
BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE
SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE

Delaware
DOVER AIR FORCE BASE

District of Columbia
BOLLING AIR FORCE BASE

Florida
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE
HURLBURT AIR FORCE BASE
MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE
PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE

Georgia
MOODY AIR FORCE BASE
ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE

Hawaii
HICKAM AIR FORCE BASE

Idaho
MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE

Illinois
SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE

Indiana
GRISSOM AIR FORCE BASE

Kansas
MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE

Louisiana
BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE

Maryland
ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE

Massachusetts
HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE

Mississippi
COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE
KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE

Missouri
WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE

Montana
MALMSTROM AIR FORCE BASE

Nevada
NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE

New Jersey
MCGUIRE AIR FORCE BASE

New Mexico
CANNON AIR FORCE BASE
HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE
KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE

North Carolina
POPE AIR FIELD
SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE

North Dakota
GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE
MINOT AIR FORCE BASE

Ohio
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE

Oklahoma
ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE
TINKER AIR FORCE BASE
VANCE AIR FORCE BASE

South Carolina
CHARLESTON AIR FORCE BASE
SHAW AIR FORCE BASE

South Dakota
ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE

Tennessee
ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE

Texas
DYESS AIR FORCE BASE
GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE
LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE
LAUGHLIN AIR FORCE BASE
RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE
SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE

Utah
HILL AIR FORCE BASE

Virginia
LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE

Washington
FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE
MCCHORD AIR FORCE BASE

Wyoming
FE WARREN AIR FORCE BASE

Germany
GEILENKIRCHEN AIR BASE
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE
SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE

Italy
AVIANO AIR BASE

Japan
KADENA AIR BASE
MISAWA AIR BASE
YOKOTA AIR BASE

Portugal
LAJES FIELD

South Korea
KUSAN AIR BASE
OSAN AIR BASE

Turkey
INCIRLIK AIR BASE
IZMIR AIR BASE

United Kingdom
RAF LAKENHEATH
RAF MILDENHALL
RAF MOLESWORTH

NAVY

California
NAVAL AIR WARFARE CENTER
NAVAL AIR STATION LEMOORE
NAVAL BASE VENTURA COUNTY POINT MUGU NAVAL AIR STATION
NAVAL AIR STATION NORTH ISLAND
NAVAL BASE CORONADO
NAVAL WEAPONS STATION SEAL BEACH

Connecticut
NAVY REGION NORTHEAST
NAVAL SUBMARINE BASE

Florida
NAVAL AIR STATION JACKSONVILLE
NAVAL AIR STATION KEY WEST
NAVAL AIR STATION PENSACOLA
NAVAL AIR STATION WHITING FIELD
NAVAL COASTAL SYSTEMS STATION
NAVAL STATION MAYPORT
NAVAL TECHNICAL TRAINING CENTER CORRY STATION

Georgia
NAVAL SUBMARINE BASE KINGS BAY

Hawaii
JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKMAN
NAVAL STATION BARKING SANDS

Illinois
NAVAL TRAINING CENTER GREAT LAKES

Louisiana
NAVAL AIR STATION JRB NEW ORLEANS
NAVAL AIR STATION NEW ORLEANS

Maryland
NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER
NAVAL SECURITY GROUP ACTIVITY FT. MEADE
US NAVAL ACADEMY

Mississippi
NAVAL AIR STATION MERIDIAN
NAVAL CONSTRUCTION BATTALION CENTER GULFPORT

Nevada
NAVAL AIR STATION FALLON

New Hampshire
NAVAL SHIPYARD PORTSMOUTH

New Jersey
NAVAL AIR ENGINEERING STATION LAKEHURST
NAVAL WEAPONS STATION EARLE

New York
NAVAL SUPPORT UNIT SARATOGA SPRINGS

Rhode Island
NAVAL STATION NEWPORT

South Carolina
NAVAL WEAPONS STATION CHARLESTON

Tennessee
NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY MID-SOUTH

Texas
NAVAL AIR STATION CORPUS CHRISTI
NAVAL AIR STATION JRB FORT WORTH
NAVAL AIR STATION KINGSVILLE

Virginia
CDSA DAM NECK
NAVAL AMPHIBIOUS BASE LITTLE CREEK
NAVAL AIR STATION OCEANA
NAVAL STATION NORFOLK
NSGA NORTHWEST
NSW DAHLGREN
NAVAL WEAPONS STATION YORKTOWN
SURFACE COMBAT SYSTEMS CENTER WALLOPS ISLAND

Washington
NAVAL AIR STATION WHIDBEY ISLAND
NAVAL STATION BREMERTON
NAVAL STATION EVERETT
NAVAL BASE KITSAP

Bahrain
NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY BAHRAIN

Cuba
NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY

Diego Garcia
NAVAL SUPPORT FACILITY DIEGO GARCIA

Greece
NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY SOUDA BAY

Italy
NAVAL AIR STATION SIGONNELLA
NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY GAETA
NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY NAPLES

Japan
FLTACT SASEBO
NAVAL AIR FACILITY ATSUGI
YOKOSUKA

South Korea
COMFLEACTS CHINHAE

Spain
NAVAL STATION ROTA

MARINE CORP

Arizona
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION YUMA

California
MARINE AIR GROUND TASK FORCE TRAINING COMMAND 29 PALMS
MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE-BARSTOW
CAMP PENDLETON
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR
MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPO-SAN DIEGO
MARINE CORPS MOUNTAIN WARFARE TRAINING CENTER

Georgia
MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE ALBANY

Hawaii
MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII

North Carolina
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION NEW RIVER
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE

South Carolina
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION BEAUFORT
MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPO PARRIS ISLAND

Virginia
MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO

Washington D.C.
8th & I 

Japan
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION FUTENMA
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI
MARINE CORPS BASE JAPAN

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