To provide a community based operational force capable of unified land operations to support Federal, State Missions and respond to domestic crisis.


Vigilant and prepared, valuing each Soldier, Family and Employer. Dedicated to being a premier force.


Professional, Adaptive, Compassionate, Duty, Respect, Honor, Integrity and Personal Courage.

Strategic Priorities

1. Strength Management. Manage recruitment, retention and attrition to provide trained and ready Soldiers to support Federal, State and community missions.

2. Leadership. Train and develop adaptive leaders to promote a positive culture of learning, information sharing, professional development and diversity.

3. Soldier, Family Readiness and Command Climate. Communicate internal and external strategic messaging to inform, educate and inspire.

4. Resource Management. The prioritization and management of Soldiers, facilities and force structure to exploit opportunities and mitigate external risk.


Commanding General

Brigadier General Garshak is the Adjutant General of the Idaho National Guard. He is responsible for the training, readiness, and management of all units of the Idaho National Guard.


Assistant Adjutant General

Brigadier General Goodale assumed the duties of the Assistant Adjutant General/ Commander, Idaho Army National Guard in May 2012. He is responsible for the strength, training, readiness and management of all Army National Guard Units in Idaho.


Army Command Sergeant Major

Command Sergeant Major Elgan is responsible for advising the Assistant Adjutant General/ Commander Idaho Army National Guard, on all matters impacting the enlisted force and to assess the morale, welfare, and training of the enlisted force.








The Idaho National Guard was established on March 14th, 1891, when the state legislature approved the organization to serve as the state’s militia. Since that time, the Idaho National Guard has served in every major U.S. conflict to include: the Spanish-American War (1898-99); the Mexican-Boarder Crisis (1916-17); World War I (1917-18); World War II (1940-45); the Korean War (1950-53); the Berlin Wall Crisis (1961-62); the Vietnam Conflict (1968-69); Desert Storm/Desert Shield (1990-91); and the Global War on Terrorism. In addition, units have also served on peace keeping missions in Hungary (1997-98) and Bosnia (2003-04).

Since 9/11, the 938th Engineer Detachment (2003-04) and the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team (2003-04 and 2010-11) have deployed to Iraq in support of the Global War on Terrorism. The Idaho Army National Guard’s aviation assets, the 1-183d Aviation Battalion (Attack) (2005-06), Company A, 1-168 General Support Aviation Battalion, and Detachment 35, Operation Support Airlift Command (2005-06 and 2009-10), deployed to Kuwait and Afghanistan in support of the Global War on Terrorism. The 1-183d Aviation Battalion (Attack) also deployed in 2002-03 to Bosnia in support of Stabilization Force 12. More recently, the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team, joined by members from all Idaho Army National Guard units, became the first National Guard brigade to complete a decisive action rotation at the Army’s National Training Center since 9/11 in August 2015.

The first Idaho Army National Guardsmen were infantry men until the end of WWI. In 1920, the 1st Cavalry, which would become the 116th Cavalry, organized with field artillery units following in 1921 and engineer assets in 1926. An aviation company formed in 1959, which became the 1-183d Aviation Battalion (Attack) in 1989.

Today, more than 3,000 Soldiers make up the Idaho Army National Guard with armories located in 25 communities throughout the state.

Total Soldiers - 3005
Active Guard Reserves (AGR): 331
Drill Status Guardsmen: 2,112
Status Guardsmen (Federal): 485
Dual Status Guardsmen (State): 77
Facilities and Training Areas
More than 380 buildings
Presence in 33 geographically dispersed sites
Orchard Combat Training Center has more than 143,000 acres of training space and 21 training ranges
Did you know?
The original six units of the Idaho Army National Guard were in Albion, Boise City, Eagle Rock (Idaho Falls), Grangeville, Hailey and Weiser.
National Guard units have been located in 51 communities since 1891.
After WWI, the Idaho National Guard consisted of a single company located in American Falls in 1920.
Joint Forces Headquarters
116th Calvary Brigade Combat Team
1-163rd Combined Arms Battalion (MTARNG)
2/116 CAV REGT (Armored Reconnaissance Squadron)
3-116th Combined Arms Battalion (ORARNG)
1-148th Field Artillery Regiment
116th Brigade Engineer Battalion
145th Brigade Support Battalion
State Aviation
183d Aviation Battalion (Attack)
A/1-168 GSAB
DET 1, 1-112th (LUH)
DET 35 (C12)
204th Regional Training Institute
Recruiting and Retention Battalion
Installation Support Unit
101st Civil Support Team
25th Army Band
IDARNG Medical Detachment
DET 1, CO A 653d Trial Def