​We are the nation’s largest and most frequently deployed Guard force. With nearly 17,000 citizen-soldiers on call and more than 100 armories in place across the state, we are truly a community-based force at the ready. Whether we’re fighting fires in the wild lands of California or engaged in a firefight in the mountains of Afghanistan, our soldiers bring critical skill sets, vital equipment and battle-hardened professionalism to bear when called upon by their community, state or nation. Always ready, always there.