Dating back to 1898, the Washington National Guardsmen have been proudly serving the State of Washington and the United States of America. They have served in the Philippines and more recently in Iraq and Afghanistan, our soldiers have served during Federal missions to insure the safety and freedom of our great nation. Additionally they have frequently been asked to protect the lives, property and economy of Washington state during recent domestic disasters – including the 1980 explosion of Mt. Saint Helens, recent floods and wildfires and the recent landslide near Oso, Washington.
The history of the Washington National Guard is lengthy, and important to share.
Come visit The Arsenal – a collection of historic artifacts that help convey the story of our brave and proud Men and Women. Our mission is to collect, preserve, display and interpret the historic properties and institutional heritage of the Militia and National Guard of Washington, so that departed comrades may be honored, and all can be educated and inspired.
Group tours are available Wednesdays at The Arsenal between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. (please call in advance) and by appointment (253) 512-7834. Outdoor displays at Camp Murray are available weekdays for viewing and interpretation by appointment.
“Welcome, and thank you for visiting the Washington National Guard webpage highlighting the Heritage and History of the Washington Army and Air National Guard skillfully displayed the in our Museum. The Museum is proudly sponsored and operated by the Washington National Guard State Historical Society.”
Brigadier General Bret D. Daugherty
The Adjutant General and Director
of the Washington Military Department