At a Glance
LIEUTENANT GENERAL WILLIAM A. CUGNO,
Brigadier General Ireneusz J. Zembrzuski,
Colonel Thaddeus J. Martin,
Assistant Adjutant General - Air
Thomas P. Thomas,
Deputy Director, Office of Emergency Management
Statutory authority – CGS Titles 27 and 28
Central office – State Armory,
360 Broad Street,
Hartford, CT 06105-3795
Number of employees - 115
Recurring state operating expenses - $24,036,513
Federal expenditure - $203 million
The Military Department -- comprised of the Connecticut Army and Air National Guards, Office of Emergency Management (OEM), and the Organized Militia -- is a unique dual-status agency, having both federal and state missions. The federal mission is to maintain properly trained and equipped National Guard units for prompt federalization in the event of war, domestic emergencies or other exigencies. The state mission is to coordinate, support and augment federal, state and local authorities in emergency response; provide emergency management planning, funding, and training assistance to communities; and conduct community service programs.
Titles 27 and 28 of the General Statutes contain the Military Department’s statutory authority and responsibility. The Department’s principal public responsibilities are (1) to coordinate, resource and train state emergency response methods and operations and (2) to plan for and protect citizens and their property in times of war, terrorism, invasion, rebellion, riot or disaster. The Military Department serves as the Governor’s primary agency for ensuring public safety in a variety of emergencies.
In a continuing response to the war on terrorism the Military Department augmented security operations at the state’s nuclear power plants, federal military facilities and other strategic sites by activating hundreds of Guardsmen under Operation Liberty Shield. Connecticut Air National Guard's 103rd Fighter Wing and Air Control Squadron activated over 400 airmen in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Deployed 300 airmen to Southwest Asia to fly 450 combat missions over the battlefield. The Connecticut Army National Guard’s 1109th Aviation Classification and Repair Activity Depot, 143rd Military Police Company, 247th Engineer Detachment, 248th Engineer Co, 250th Engineer Medium Girder Bridge Company and Company G 104th Aviation were all activated and deployed to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The 143rd Military Police Company is currently patrolling the streets of Baghdad. Connecticut National Guard Starbase Program supported the greater Hartford School District and youth clubs by providing a five-week curriculum designed to allow practical training in math, science and technology to 800 elementary students. Members of the 242nd Engineer Battalion, 102nd Infantry Battalion and the State Area Command were activated to provide security at Military Installations throughout the northeastern portion of the United States. Military squads rendered honors at the funerals of over 2,000 Connecticut veterans. Joint Task Force Husky, an engineer task force comprised of Army and Air National Guard personnel from numerous states, continued infrastructure improvements at Stone’s Ranch Military Reservation.
The Military Department – The Military Department is functionally divided into four components: Army National Guard, Air National Guard, Organized Militia, and Office of Emergency Management. The Military Department, through the National Guard federally employs 5,098, nearly 1,095 full-time: 648 military and 28 civilian federal technicians, 419 Active Guard and Reserve soldiers and airmen, totaling over $100 million in federal pay and allowances. The Military Department employs 131 full-time state personnel. Part-time authorized strength is 3,872 soldiers, 1,226 airmen and over 263 militiamen. The Military Department is one of Connecticut’s top 100 employers.
Vision Statement of the Military Department – To maintain relevant, capable and accessible forces, structured and resourced to accomplish missions across the spectrum of emergency contingencies, equipped to efficiently respond when called with trained citizen soldiers and civilians, committed to preserving the time-honored traditions and values of service to our nation, state and communities.
Army National Guard – The Connecticut Army National Guard (CTARNG), authorized strength of 3,872 soldiers, consists of 4 major commands with 55 units stationed in 40 state armories and two Army aviation facilities. The CTARNG comprises 75 percent of the Military Department’s personnel strength and brings nearly $138 million of federal funding to the state annually. CTARNG maintains over $200 million in federal equipment and supplies.
Air National Guard -- The Connecticut Air National Guard (CTANG), authorized strength of 1,226 airmen, consists of a Headquarters and the 103d Fighter Wing in East Granby, and the 103rd Air Control Squadron in Orange. CTANG is one of East Granby’s largest employers. CTANG brings over $65 million in federal funding to the state annually. CTANG maintains over $158 million in federal equipment and supplies. The Air National Guard facilities are valued over 112 million and maintained on 170 acres of state and federal land. Facilities operation and maintenance pays 75 percent of 11 state employees and 100 percent of nine state employee’s salaries. The federal payroll is in excess of one million dollars and the CTANG maintains contracts with 44 Connecticut businesses totaling $900,000.
Organized Militia – The Connecticut Organized Militia, consists of four units -- two companies of the Governor's Foot Guard and two companies of the Governor’s Horse Guard -- with a combined strength of 320 militia members. The Organized Militia, when required, ceremonially escorts the Governor, and supports other ceremonial and civic activities, including open horse shows, parades and scholastic programs.
Operations, Training, Military Support
Counter Drug and Drug Demand Reduction -The National Guard Counterdrug Program provided nearly $1 million in federal support to Connecticut’s drug interdiction and demand-reduction activities -- providing 5,000 man hours, and 250 flight hours in support of Law Enforcement Agency operations and seizing over $10 million in illegal drug-trafficking assets. The Counterdrug Program coordinated distribution of $1.2 million worth of excess Department of Defense property to state and local law enforcement agencies through the 1033 Program. Counterdrug Youth Programs (Drug Education for Youth (DEFY), Weed and Seed, Aviation Role Models for Youth (A.R.M.Y), SAFEGUARD, Aviation Career Education (ACE) and others) provided anti-drug/leadership-development instruction to almost 10,000 Connecticut citizens.
STARBASE - Connecticut is an academic outreach program for at risk youth that incorporates a fast paced curriculum of hands-on activities, classroom experiments and support from volunteer experts within the Connecticut National Guard and the community. The goal of STARBASE Connecticut is to provide an innovative, educational outreach program in a non-conventional instructional setting to raise the interest and improve the knowledge and skills of at risk youth in math, science and technology. The long-term goal of STARBASE is to assist the next generation in becoming responsible, drug-free, goal oriented productive citizens who value lifelong learning and are better prepared for the future. STARBASE Connecticut operates on a 240K annual budget and instructs more than 900 Hartford area 5th-graders per calendar year.
Equal Opportunity –The Military Department continued to increase minority employment, essentially mirroring Connecticut's minority demography, with a 16 percent minority membership. Special emphasis is placed on recognizing and celebrating minority events and observances. The Military Department is a leader in promoting minority accomplishment and culture. Active participation in and sponsorship of celebrations honoring Black history, Hispanic heritage, Federal women and other observances exemplify the Military Department’s steadfast commitment to equal employment and opportunity.
Strategic Planning and Construction