Historic Roles in the National Guard

Part of: Society for Historical Archaeology 2018

The National Guard supports a dual mission of both federal and state responsibilities, with soldier citizens serving their country, state, and local communities; while operating a wide range of facilities and training lands across the United States. Many of these military properties have been in use since the pre-Civil War Era. Balancing heritage preservation with the military mission along with natural resource protection, community issues and organizational partnerships is challenging. Individual states have developed cultural management systems to incorporate sustainability and resiliency of facilities. This cross-disciplinary approach allows innovative programmatic tools for reuse and rehab of historic properties, and data recovery procedures to support the military mission and historic preservation.